By Kevin Dugan
The Arcade Fire's first full-length album, Funeral, is very different from their latest release, Neon Bible. Funeral was, hands-down, one of the best releases of this decade. There's so much inspired tension, melody and Talking Heads influence that it's hard to tear yourself away from it, even today.
Neon Bible has tension, melodies and Talking Heads all over it, but unlike its predecessor, it just doesn't stop sucking. Rather than using the entire septet, the band is boiled down to its two core songwriters, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. In that way, the band falls flat with half-baked melodies and lyrics.
There are bright spots, though, mostly in the production. The pregnant sounds could have come from Brian Eno, a testament to the band's engineering skills. Otherwise, forget the hype and give Funeral another spin.
Rating: Listen to Neon Bible like you listen to Pat Robertson.