Though it released in early August this year, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs still hasn’t grown old and just gets better and better with every play. The album, which is clearly the Canadian rock band’s best yet, is undoubtedly the album of the year–well, at least for me anyways.
Arcade Fire has the unique ability to be both original and universal in sound and both fun and meaningful lyrically. And that’s realized more than ever with The Suburbs. In other words, it’s social commentary that can be easily swallowed, by pretty much anyone.
For a minute, I thought Sufjan Stevens’ The Age of Adz might trump The Suburbs when it released, but, wow, was I wrong. If Suburbs is the most satisfying record of 2010, that album (The Age of Adz) is, for me, the very opposite.