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Top Ten Albums of 2010: #2

In Top Ten Albums of the Year: #2 on December 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

#2 Album of the year:
Micah Ling:

Arcade Fire, “Suburbs”
 Even if you’ve never wanted children: never felt the urge to be a parent, this album has the power to make you stop and consider the meaning of life—the point of living without teaching another person about the good things. You may have never experienced an album that challenges you, lyrically, as much as this does. Find yourself stopped at the end of a run, or in the middle of traffic. There is so much truth here: you can’t escape it. I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights.   
Key Tracks: “Suburbs,” “We Used to Wait,” “Sprawl II”
Jay Cullis:
Arcade Fire, “Suburbs”
Conjuring Depeche Mode did wonders for Arcade Fire. More ominous than anything this already dark band has done yet, “The Suburbs” is a chronicle writ large of small town life. No other album this year better matched up the music with the mood. 

There’s decay here. Worry abounds. Through it all is the needling fear that even if you get out you won’t like what you find beyond the chain-link. Riding behind all this anxious sentiment are pulsing dancefloor rhythms and freight train orchestration. The modern man might be skipping in his suburban groove, but Arcade Fire aren’t content in a life of boring repetition. 

Key Tracks: “Modern Man,” “We Used to Wait,” “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

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