Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Label: Merge Records
"Wake Up" sounds like it was written for a revolution. Arcade Fire didn't start one -- their songs ape the best bits of Springsteen, U2 and the Talking Heads -- they merely sound like it, and in so doing have gotten several folks believing in collectives, Canadians and the power of jams to inspire joy and conviction. This album evokes familial connections, love affairs and the bonds of friendship; if it were a Rorschach drawing you'd say it looked like passion itself. What the band is so exuberant about is simply being a band. Their songs have purpose but could be about whatever you wanted.