Arcade Fire - Funeral
Release date: September 14, 2004
Canadian band Arcade Fire has been a staple of indie rock for what seems like forever, but they were relative unknowns before the release of their 2004 debut album Funeral. The album touched on themes of life, death, and mourning, influenced by the deaths of several relatives of band members. Funeral was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album and was a staple in many end-of-decade Top 10 lists. It was received with almost unanimous praise from critics who used words such as “celebratory, “empowering,” “hopeful,” “euphoric,” “beautiful,” “harrowing,” and even “life-affirming.”
At a time when guitar bands face declining popularity, Arcade Fire continues flying the flag for rock that can both fill stadiums and push things forward sonically.
From the starting point of Funeral, Arcade Fire went on to become the biggest rock band to come from the 2000s, filling stadiums and, over the course of four albums and ten years, making movie scores, headlining major festivals, and collaborating with David Bowie. At a time when guitar bands face declining popularity, Arcade Fire continues flying the flag for rock that can both fill stadiums and push things forward sonically.