Posted in music on July 21, 2010

Arcade Fire covers

"If 2007's Neon Bible was supposed to be Arcade Fire's difficult second album, it didn't show. Top marks from a cavalcade of critical tomes saw the Montreal septet's sequel to their breakthrough debut long-player of 2004, Funeral, received with just as much reverence as its predecessor. So what of The Suburbs, arriving after another three-year period which saw its makers record in both their hometown and New York?...

...The Suburbs is their most thrillingly engrossing chapter yet; a complex, captivating work that, several cycles down the line, retains the magic and mystery of that first tentative encounter. You could call it their OK Computer. But it's arguably better than that." [BBC] (thx Hiro)

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Comments (131)

Ok...ready...set...go!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:46 PM

"You could call it their OK Computer. But it's arguably better than that."

Cue: Haters.

I'm a fan of Arcade Fire, and thought Neon Bible was the best record of the weak year it was released. But to hang the "better than OK Computer" tag around its neck so early is just BEGGING for the haters to hack the album to pieces.

Posted by panooticon | July 21, 2010 1:48 PM

T5, etc.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:48 PM

I cannot wait for this record!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:49 PM

leak?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:49 PM

The haters will be justified in this one. Come on! A record like OK Computer comes out once every 20 years if we're lucky. That album was completely new for the band and for music, it's like Revolver or something. Are we gonna say The Suburbs is better than Revolver too?

This kind of hyperbole is the product of a internet, blog-fueled music industry. The Suburbs is probably great and is probably their best record, but people need to save their ridiculous statements for late night bowl smoking sessions, not BBC reviews.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:52 PM

yah, whens this shit going to leak?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:52 PM

I don't really get the fuss over this band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:53 PM

ummm no

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:53 PM

I cannot wait to see the comments here. I cannot properly articulate how retarted that review is having only heard the first two songs off the ablum. Man thise 2 are throw aways.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:53 PM

anyone, bbc notwithstanding, who even attempts to put arcade fire in the same sentence (let alone musical universe) as radiohead is so off base it can almost be considered comical.

'funeral' was one of the most over-praised, ludicrously-lauded records in the history of 'pop' music.

and 8 different covers? i believe morrissey nailed that marketing trick in the smith's 'paint a vulgar picture.'

vulgar indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:53 PM

8 covers ? ..I guess anything to distract the public from the sub par songwriting on this stinker..

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:56 PM

OK Computer was totally overrated. Unless you are a depressed teenager, I really don't know why anyone would listen to it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:56 PM

The 8 covers are not a marketing ploy. More of a statement about the suburbs.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:58 PM

BBC is not my particular choice for music reviews. A bunch of 50yr old English wankers that have no idea about music. I suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but arcade fire is clearly not that impressive.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:00 PM

@158, is canada like 20 years behind? That statement has been made a zillion billion ways in pop culture. Its extremly uncreative. To the point of being trite.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:01 PM

oh god here we go.

yea we know, everything you like is a classic, everything you hate sucks.

when will the rest of the world start to understand your mis-understood genius?

commenting on a review of an album that no one has heard is fucking retarded. almost as retarded as the ok computer comparison.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:01 PM

Isn't poking fun or analyzing suburban dis-illusionment been done to death already? I think we all get it by now (Amer Beuty, Lttle Children, Revolution Road, etc). Ugh.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:02 PM

I plan on buying every one of the different covers. I plan on using them as napkins during my next hummus feast.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:04 PM

i was here

Posted by copiii | July 21, 2010 2:04 PM

Funeral=Parblo Honey then?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:05 PM

Well since the first two songs were weaker than anything on OK Computer this doesn't seem likely.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:05 PM

EVERY subject of the human experience has been done to death. religion, sex, power...name it and there is probably an album/song/book about it.

it's not the subject matter, its how skillfully its done or if it brings anything new to the table.

according to those who say "suburbs has been done..blahblah".....yea we might as well stop making any kind of art then. its all been done.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:06 PM

"Isn't poking fun or analyzing suburban dis-illusionment been done to death already? I think we all get it by now (Amer Beuty, Lttle Children, Revolution Road, etc). Ugh."

If you named bands or albums or songs even, your comment would be relevant. Alas, it is not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:07 PM

Don't be ridiculous. They say that because they are unconsciously afraid it will flop. Which it will. Because AF is the most over hyped band since the VU.

Posted by Creep | July 21, 2010 2:07 PM

Lets play over under. P4k review? Over/Under 9.4?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:08 PM

Well at least BBC has a little more reputability than NME nowadays...but that's still not saying much

And where's the Arcade Dire guy? I thought for sure he'd be all over this already.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:10 PM

they both su ck

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:13 PM

@206

"EVERY subject of the human experience has been done to death. religion, sex, power...name it and there is probably an album/song/book about it."

religion, sex, power are universal, expansive themes. The suburbs are not. It is a very narrow theme and has been overdone. Their statement comes across as elitist, pretentious, and puerile.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:16 PM

meh

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:20 PM

@ 2:16

"religion, sex, power are universal, expansive themes. The suburbs are not. It is a very narrow theme and has been overdone. Their statement comes across as elitist, pretentious, and puerile."

a)the suburbs, as a representation of the "american dream", is not a narrow theme. you cannot call it narrow since billions of people still believe and pursue this "dream" on a daily basis. to think that since the suburbs as a topic has been discussed and dissected enough by the intellectual elite and should be put to rest is INCREDIBLY myopic.

b) how dow you know what their statement is when the FUCKING ALBUM ISNT OUT YET?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:24 PM

Because AF is the most over hyped band since the VU.

>> Does VU stand for Velvet Underground ? if so.. how could they have been over hyped ? nobody knew who the fuck they were when they were around.. also don't compare Arcade Fire with The Velvet Underground you moron..

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:26 PM

Kid A>Ok Computer

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:26 PM

I think British thinks OK Computer was their best work while Americans think Kid A was their best work.....

but no the Suburbs will never top Funeral and I'm guessing this reviewer just wanted to get his name known by saying this album is better than OK Computer

Album and Live show wise....

RADIOHEAD > Arcade Fire

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:26 PM

Cool. The new MIA is also "arguably" better, though I doubt that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:27 PM

Meh! Hummus! Terminal 5 sucks! What time is daft Punk? I'd hit it!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:28 PM

@2:08 9.1

@ 2:07 VU overhyped? I believe in their hay day they were mostly ignored outside of NYC art circles and maybe a few more places. The hype came from the folks with ears who came years after... Have you listened to them before? Your Favorite band still can't touch them.

Posted by Rw | July 21, 2010 2:28 PM

Remember when X-Men #1 came out with 5 different covers?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:28 PM

"Don't be ridiculous. They say that because they are unconsciously afraid it will flop. Which it will. Because AF is the most over hyped band since the VU."

Dumbest comment in a thread with a lot of competition.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:29 PM

I'm just looking forward to seeing them in Philly! Feel bad for the fools who are seeing them in NYC... The sound at the Garden is fucking awful

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:30 PM

Anon 1:28, I like to bet.

You really think P4k will give 9.4? I'm going to take the under. In fact, I'm betting no better than 8.4 with a likely "Best New Music" tag.

Better than OK Computer? Give me a break.

Posted by Dan | July 21, 2010 2:31 PM

2:28 - calm down, you might break your MacBook Air

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:31 PM

so we go from some bbc dolt making a ridiculous comparison to some BV lurker throwing the Velvet Underground into the mix.

i guarantee you that mistake of nature wouldn't know a VU song if it was stuck in their head. pathetic poster.

and nice try about equating 8 different covers to an artistic statement, but a marketing ploy is still a marketing ploy no matter how you slice and dice it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:36 PM

I'm glad someone finally realized.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:37 PM

Yeah 2:07, you wanted 'overrated,' which would have been spot-on.

Two things:

1) The word was 'arguably.' BV, you might want to update your title unless you're purposely baiting these clowns, in which case, you know, shame on you or something.

2) It's a trap. Can't really trash an album before you've heard it as much as you might want to show up the BBC. It'd be like calling OK Computer a failure after hearing only "Electioneering" and "Lucky."

@ 2:08, 8.5

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:40 PM

people called OK Computer better than Dark Side of the Moon when it came out and everything scoffed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:40 PM

Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door had six different covers. But it was much more cleverly done. (Covered with a paper bag so you didn't know which one you were buying.)

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:41 PM

yea we realize, we just dont give a fuck. god forbid a band tries to market their music. the shame.

so does the music make a difference at all? or is the fact that they dared market their album make them automatic sellouts and inconsequential? /s

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:42 PM

LOOKS LIKE 2:30'S TAKIN THE TRAIN TO PHILLY

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:44 PM

6.8 from p4k

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:47 PM

Hey guess what! OK Computer's not that great

Posted by anonymoose | July 21, 2010 2:48 PM

@224 this is @216

On point A. Fair enough, but this is really not well executed here. Nothing new is brought to the table (I am refering to the 8 different covers). It is bland and boring, and again this comes across as childish.

On point B, I know thier statement on the Suburbs is because I have heard the damb song like 20 times (I am mostly a fan of this group.) And yes some of the lyrics are cringe worth mostly because of its tired subject matter.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:50 PM

you are right 2:48 it is not great it is flawless!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:50 PM

but will it be as good as the new waaavvvvveeeeeeessssss album?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:52 PM

Again with the great fucking publicist. Do they have the same one as MIA and Mel Gibson?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:52 PM

SO happy 20 people already beat me on bashing 2:07's completely rediculous VU comment. The VU and the Arcade Fire are not even in the same universe.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:54 PM

There still isn't one album that in my mind has come out since OK Computer release that is better then Ok Computer...

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:01 PM

I totally agree that both VU and AF are completely overrated. But what do I know, I'm just a poser with a huge fucking cock! SUCK MEEEEE BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:02 PM

@2:50

OK Computer = rich rock stars who bought an Aphex Twin album once. Wait, that was Kid A. OK Computer was the even more boring one. After they ripped off Nirvana. Bleep bloop bloop bleep.

Posted by anonymoose | July 21, 2010 3:03 PM

"Month of May" is a totally unmemorable song. hope it's the worst one on the album. still looking forward to seeing them in a couple weeks.

Posted by elmo | July 21, 2010 3:04 PM

The bends is better than ok computer

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:04 PM

@2:50

not talking about the packaging. if the music is good i could care less if its packaged in dogshit scooped from lady gaga's vagina.

i have not heard the whole album just like everyone else here. let's hold off on passing judgement on the album as a whole (and it's intended statements) until the thing comes out.

lyrically the arcade fire has never been strong anyway. however i think both funeral and neon bible did a good job of keeping an overall thematic cohesiveness.

the whole>parts and all that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:06 PM

I'm actually surprised that someone in the British press would be so bold as to suggest a non-UK band could make a better record than Radiohead.
Although I guess Canadians are more or less the same thing if you think about it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:07 PM

3:04 I do like the Bends better than OK but what after OK is better? Maybe Sigur Ros or Elliott Smith...but not much else?

3:03 Name one Radiohead song that sounds like Nirvana? Where do you people come from?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:07 PM

Why don't you all go fuck yourselves? Seriously, get that beefy cock nice and hard, bend it like Beckham, and shove that nasty, mangled dickpiece into your own anus, pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:08 PM

"3:03 Name one Radiohead song that sounds like Nirvana? Where do you people come from?"

Creep- in soft/loud dynamic and the self-deprecating sentiment that got you a record deal and played on Mtv at the time, you dumdum. Go back to rock school.

"The bends is better than ok computer"

AT PUTTING ME TO SLEEP

Posted by anonymoose | July 21, 2010 3:14 PM

Creep sounds like which Nirvana song?

3:14 see a doctor...

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:16 PM

Creep sounds just like Smells Like Teen Spirit. Paranoid Android sounds like Heart Shaped Box. Fake Plastic Trees is nearly identical to Rape Me.

There, score settled. Now SUCK. MY. DIIIIIIIIICK.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:19 PM

"Creep- in soft/loud dynamic and the self-deprecating sentiment that got you a record deal and played on Mtv at the time"

and nirvana didnt rip this off of the pixies?

does this make nirvana any less vital?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:21 PM

(Yeah penis + vagina!)

Seriously- suburbs as subj matter IS weak. In response to the post stating that people are buying into the american dream and that it's still happening: sure I'll agree.

But do you really think that any art that pokes fun or is critical of the "Amer Dream" is actually even noticed by people actually pursuing said "dream" or for the fellow artists patting each other on the back for all riding the same bus to a over-cliched idea? Sounds like a bunch of urbanites or even ruralites making art for themselves and their insulated and elitist comunities to make themselves feel relevant.

How about a LP critical of how much Bedford Ave sucks now or the young huddled hipster-ass masses moving to shitty-ass Bushwick? Or an LP dissecting people in Manhattan or Brooklyn dissing Queens? Or an LP of Park Slope Stroller Moms demanding that the mexican ice cream sellers get arrested because their kids are demanding ice cream and parents can't say fucking "no" (true story)? Or 19 yr old white punk rock boys and girls getting punched in the face and robbed at knifepoint/ gunpoint in Fort Greene (true fucking story)? I'd love to see an LP telling young white midwestern hipsters to stay out of neighborhoods where they don't belong! Oh yeah- but those are the VERY people that will buy this shit and party with all of their friends and all agree how cool the city is compared to their one-stop-light towns.

Whatever....

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:27 PM

not to mention Nirvana wrote a song called 'Negative Creep' 4 years earlier

Posted by anonymoose | July 21, 2010 3:27 PM

i took a dump and named it 'Deep Creep 9' in 1988.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:33 PM

8 different covers = Please BUY the album, have fun choosing your cover, and thank you for not ILLEGALLY downloading and STEALING our new body of work.

A band tries to make an incentive for you actually 'purchase' the physical copy and you berate them as if this is a sneaky ploy. Morons!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:33 PM

i really wish this site didnt also incidentally feature cool posts about good bands because then i wouldnt have to read it. it would just be stupid garbage about Wavves or the new Arcade Fire album (underneath a Spoon/Arcade Fire banner, natch) and weird animosity towards sri lankan pop stars paired with simultaneous push of live youtube vids of sleigh bells singing boring catchphrases over unaltered funkadelic samples. also Green Day lol

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:34 PM

@3:27 - You're the man

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:34 PM

@3:27

subject matters are never "weak" on their own. its all about the art and the execution of said subject.

not sure what the point is with your bk rant...but move. ASAP. jaded is not a good look.


Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:44 PM

"A record like OK Computer comes out once every 20 years if we're lucky. That album was completely new for the band and for music, it's like Revolver or something. Are we gonna say The Suburbs is better than Revolver too?"

hahaha there were seriously like a million albums released between 1977 and 1997 that were better than OK Computer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:52 PM

Cripple Fight!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:56 PM

I wish bv had a required photo next to the post to see all your pimply ass faces


Wavves> A. Fire + Mehdiohead

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 4:06 PM

3:19 if you think those songs sound the same you have a very unrefined ear. I suggest learning about music some more and maybe come back later. 3:52 ok I'll bite name 100 that were better?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 4:10 PM

START A BAND WITH BLACK PEOPLE

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 4:12 PM

Remember people it was the BBC that proclaimed Little Boots "the future of uk pop music"...oops what happened there? Next up for the BBC was the proclamation that The Drums were gonna be the next big thing...what happened to them? I'll tell you what...Album entered the chart at 16 dropped to 58 the following week, week after that 96 then 4th week out of the top 100.

I hope the BBC kiss of death does the same here as I'm sick of these posturing, arrogant, "we are considered the best because we are the best" Arcade Fire people. There should be a picture of Win accompanying the dictionary definition of Arrogant!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 4:19 PM

Suberbs is bigger than Jesus!

NOT
or maybe
Shit aint even out yet....

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 4:21 PM

I saw Arcade Fire at Randall's Island and was so bored I decided to take a nap.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 4:30 PM

go see them now and thank me later.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 4:45 PM

The 4 songs I heard so far stink so I don't think this will be better than the first two albums.

I'm not a radiohead fan though so it could still be better than OK Computer

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 5:12 PM

I agree with 5:12, the few singles I've heard from this new album so far really aren't that great. as for arguably better than OK Computer, I don't really like radiohead

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 5:42 PM

anyone still talking bout fag island? or is there 2 mins of blog whoring done?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 5:43 PM

4:12 hahah..

already done, Tv on the shadio

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 5:48 PM

this thread is laughable, so many stupid comments. ill decide for myself when i hear the record

Posted by bobby the rookie | July 21, 2010 5:59 PM

you, bobby - i'm with ya. i'm gonna hear that baby first beofer i jump to any conclusions.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 6:09 PM

4:19 wrote, "There should be a picture of Win accompanying the dictionary definition of Arrogant!"

Care to provide an explanation? I don't much like the new material, but in my experience he has been a humble and kind person.

Posted by LKJ | July 21, 2010 6:42 PM

but was it better than Pablo Honey?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 6:43 PM

Blow Out is a great song!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 6:52 PM

fuck arcade fire. why isn't anyone talking about degrassi: boiling points??!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 8:21 PM

@4:30 Randy Randall has his own island?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 8:22 PM

i can't believe spin and emmdog got married, what a curve ball.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 8:35 PM


are most you that post this ridiculous nonsense by-products of rape? angry that your dad is some incarcerated drunk, so you hide behind a monitor and write like you have a clue? cuz i do, bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 9:44 PM

i do have low self esteem, but this is the 100th comment!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 11:23 PM

The suburbs as subject matter is totally done. I think Rush had the final word on it with Subdivisions. That was in 1982. So if my math is correct and I'm reading these posts correctly:

Rush > Nirvana > Aphex Twin > Radiohead > Arcade Fire

Corrections/addenda welcomed!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 11:23 PM

is rush guy andrew miller?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 11:54 PM

OK Computer = rich rock stars who bought an Aphex Twin album once. Wait, that was Kid A. OK Computer was the even more boring one. After they ripped off Nirvana. Bleep bloop bloop bleep.
^^
just plain wrong...

Kid A is like an aphex twinalbum...blahblah
and OK Computer is "boring".

you can't get away with that. enlighten us, why is it boring and not ground breaking. be sure to remember when it was released and more importantly, what you were listening to a the time.

I love that all RH bashing is always so purposefully vague. I guess you have to be when your fighting a losing argument.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 12:10 AM

2:06 pm

yeah you and all other artists should put artistic endeavors on the back burner for now. no one gives a fuck about your canvases, photos, mixed media, fashion, and music. you're not a master, those days are long dead and gone. your art is not going to leave a lasting imprint on society, but we CAN all band together and change the world for the better forever and go down as some of the most righteous motherfuckers of all time if we collectively march to wall st., goldman sachs, and the white house and drop every capitalism supporting piece of shit in our sights. if we don't do it it will never get done, the younger generations seem to care only about technology, their brains are so warped it's sickening.

Posted by Socialism | July 22, 2010 12:18 AM

The band has so much passion that so many others lack today. It is interesting how so many British peeps are only interested in American folk music and vice versa, really. So many good artists from Canada and Texas of all places!

Posted by Beau | July 22, 2010 3:57 AM

2:06

pretty ironic that you're using a music blog on the internet to rail uselessly against how youngsters aren't getting involved anymore because of technology, instead of actually doing something. art is a lot more useful than mindless political rhetoric on brooklynvegan. i'm a socialist too, but you're fucking stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 10:24 AM

OK Computer sucks. Seriously.

I liked it when I was 16, but you outgrow it. You absolutely outgrow it.

And Thom Yorke is a total fucking egotistical joke. I hope that one day his massive head will crush his tiny body like an accordion.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 10:52 AM

10:52..people still haven't outgrown Beethoven maybe your taste have changed? The album is still as good as it was the day it was released...

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:24 AM

10:52 so now that you are 17 years old and have access to the internet your taste have changed...oh the youngens!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 11:26 AM

OK Computer flat out sucks. I mean... there's even a song written for that crappy "Romeo & Juliet" movie on it. It's all just generic tripe. I really don't even mind Radiohead... but that album is just totally overrated. "Amnesiac" is definitely their high point. But I barely listen to any of those albums anymore. Kind of a sit in a corner and cry / snoozefest kinda thing.

and RH are okay live... but they aren't in the same league as some of the great rock touring acts out there today... bands like My Morning Jacket and Wilco. Even Arcade Fire have a much more dynamic live show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 1:43 PM

I had a good laugh at this. The headline reads like an indie-rock tabloid line. Ten years apart and generations of musical influence away, comparing these two records is kind of silly. It would have been a totally innocuous comment, had the BBC writer not included that last line there.

By the way-- I'm Shaw, nice to meet you folks. Longtime reader, first time commenter :)

Posted by Shaw | July 22, 2010 1:59 PM

12:18 you are right. Technology is warping the minds. Reading blog comments has killed more of mybrain cells then my ketamine binge of 1996.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 5:06 PM

leak leak leak leak leak already please

Also if there was a 2010 critical reevaluation of Radiohead's discography I find it hard to believe OK Computer would be tops again.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 5:16 PM

dont know about the album, but the artwork looks great, I wonder who did them?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 10:20 PM

Achtung Baby > OK Computer

Posted by Rocco | July 23, 2010 8:05 AM

Achtung Baby is a classic album just like OK Computer..I would put them almost on a level playing field...most people on this board would not admit to liking an album by U2 or an album from the early 90's but this is a good pick and was groundbreaking at the time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2010 8:44 AM

Def agreed, most people here won't admit to liking U2, but Achtung Baby is still the album I go back to most after almost 19 years. The closing three songs still kill me.

OK Computer-- agree with some that its quite depressing music, but as like Achtung Baby its an album that flows perfectly. I remember playing that album back to back to back, and it's still the Radiohead album I go back to the most. Some of their other albums have superior songs (The Bends, Kid A, Amnesiac, and In Rainbows), but aren't better albums.

Posted by Rococo | July 23, 2010 10:22 AM

Achtung Baby = the beginning of the end of US'2 greatness. In every way shape and form. The album is great, no doubt, but that tour was so annoying and every album after was poop with the exception of a few tracks.

OK Computer = the start of Radiohead's rise into being one the world’s last huge bands. They subsequently made great albums after this one.

In summation, OK Computer = Achtung Baby X 2.3

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2010 10:53 AM

Thanks professor 10:53

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2010 10:54 AM

your welcome 10:54

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2010 11:02 AM

some of you need to get a life

Posted by guywhogoesoutside | July 25, 2010 2:32 AM

Hey everyone! I love Achtung Baby, OK Computer, AND The Suburbs! **Threadcrash**

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2010 2:38 AM

The Bends was better than OK Computer. OK Computer is to layered and post-human. The Bends relates more to the everyday feelings people go through.

But I doubt this new Arcade Fire album will be better than OK Computer or even their earlier efforts like Neon Bible.

Posted by SZimmer | July 26, 2010 4:32 AM

OK Computer flat out sucks. I mean... there's even a song written for that crappy "Romeo & Juliet" movie on it. It's all just generic tripe. I really don't even mind Radiohead... but that album is just totally overrated. "Amnesiac" is definitely their high point. But I barely listen to any of those albums anymore. Kind of a sit in a corner and cry / snoozefest kinda thing.

^^
the second sentence is completely false.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2010 12:40 AM

It is impossible for an album to be better than OK Computer.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2010 11:19 AM

READING COMPREHESION - F!
I thought you were smarter than that BV. The quote is: "You could call it their OK Computer. But it's arguably better than that". That is not the same thing as saying "The Suburbs is better than OK Computer" as your headline implies. The author it using Ok Computer as a archetype for a level of artistic achievement over a career. The author could have instead said "you could call it their Mona Lisa but it's arguably better than that" and the meaning would be basically the same.
The Suburbs is very good so far. Ok Computer is generally considered a classic. You can love them both. There is no reason or basis for comparison.

Posted by dave | July 31, 2010 8:33 PM

Well, I just got a copy of the album and it sounds great to me. Really looking forward to MSG this week!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 8:16 AM

Having listened to it more than a few times I can say, this album is not in the same orbit as OK Computer. However, it is allot better musically than I thought it would be. Very pleasantly surprised there.

However, lyrically this is a very weak effort. Some lines are so cringe worthy I feel uncomfortable. I have never seen a modern rock band use so may whole rhymes. Its like listening to the lyrics of a really bad standard. I mean, is Win Butler the retarted nephue of Cole Porter? I would agree with a previous commenter, however, "whole > parts."

A huge improvement of the Neon Bible, which I admittedly hated.

Musically 9, Lyrically 3

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 8:37 AM

As a listener, I tend to focus more on the music than the lyrics, but I def noticed in a few parts the pedestrian nature of some of the lyrics, point noted for sure.

Still, the show(s) should be sick!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 9:17 AM

Well, I'm personally not into Radiohead, but just listened to the Arcade Fire album on NPR, and if this is better than OK Computer, then I guess that album isn't so hot. Pretty mediocre and generic alternative rock in my opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 9:22 AM

seriously, this album is fucking bland and boring. Sprawl II is a great song, though, but really the only one that jumps out from the rest of the album.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 9:55 AM

wasted hours is beautiful

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 10:44 AM

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