The Arcade Fire Neon Bible 180g 2LP
Absolute Sound April/May 2007 Recording of the Issue.
The Arcade Fire spent most of 2006 holed up in a small church in a small town
outside of Montreal. They were recording their second album Neon Bible. It was a
slow year, mostly. The eagerly anticipated second album from Montreal's Arcade
Fire exceeds all expectations.
Coming off a year of intense touring, they wanted to just sit down and write
some songs. And then record them. So they found a church out in a small town and
turned it into a studio. They moved in all their amps and instruments, bought
some nice curtains, stocked the fridge, and hunkered down. They were in no rush.
They knew they were working on an album, but didn’t know how long it would be,
or what it would be called, or what songs would be on it, or what instruments
would be on the songs. They knew they would produce it themselves, though—they
had too many musical plans pent up in their brains to hand control over to
someone else. So they found some grand engineers to make those musical plans
reality—Markus Dravs (Bjork, James, Brian Eno) and Scott Colburn (Sun City
Girls, Animal Collective).
Slowly the songs came together. They found a huge pipe organ in a huge church in
Montreal and recorded it. They bought some bass steel drums and some bass synths.
They got a hurdy-gurdy. They called in friends for help: Martin Wenk and Jacob
Valenzuela, the horn players from Calexico, came in for a song. Hadjii Bakara
from Wolf Parade added some bleep and bloops and sonic weirdness. Owen Pallett,
aka Final Fantasy, helped to orchestrate (as he did on Funeral). Pietro Amato
and his horn playing associates added some brass. The band traveled to Budapest
to record an orchestra and a military choir. And besides all this, the band just
played music together. They played the songs that were going on the album. They
played songs that wouldn’t go on the album. They played cover songs. It was all
quite nice, really.
When finished, Neon Bible was full of both half-assed punk rock mistakes and
meticulously orchestrated woodwinds. Processed strings and mandolin. Quiet
rumbles and loud rumbles. But mostly just eleven songs that the band thinks are
really good. And that might be of some public interest.
"Holding listeners at attention from start to finish, and boasting an
on-the-floor production that reflects the dimensions of its recording locales,
(Neon Bible is) pure pop brilliance." - Bob Grendron, Absolute Sound
Magazine, April/May 2007, Issue 171
• Audiophile Quality 180g Double LP
• Three sides of music and an etching on the fourth side
• Includes a coupon for a free MP3 download of Neon Bible album
1. Black Mirror
2. Keep the Car Running
3. Neon Bible
5. Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
6. Ocean of Noise
7. The Well and the Lighthouse
8. (Antichrist Television Blues)
10. No Cars Go
11. My Body Is a Cage