Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Label: Merge Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Single Sided, Etched
LP is double 180-gram audiophile quality with three sides of music and an etching on the fourth side. The LP also includes a coupon for a free MP3 download of Neon Bible.
Released: May 2007
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
A1 Black Mirror
Harp – Liza Rey 4:13
A2 Keep The Car Running 3:29
A3 Neon Bible 2:16
A4 Intervention 4:19
B1 Black Wave / Bad Vibrations 3:57
B2 Ocean Of Noise
Brass – Jacob Valenzuela, Martin Wenk 4:53
B3 The Well And The Lighthouse
Harp – Liza Rey 3:56
B4 (Antichrist Television Blues)
Vocals [Gospel Singer] – Chantel Gero, Jean Sherwood, Joanne Degand, Shauna Callender, Tasha Gero 5:07
C1 Windowsill 4:16
C2 No Cars Go 5:43
C3 My Body Is A Cage
Vocals [Gospel Singer] – Chantel Gero, Jean Sherwood, Joanne Degand, Shauna Callender, Tasha Gero 4:47
Arranged By – Arcade Fire
Arranged By [Orchestra] – Owen Pallett (tracks: A1, A2, C2), Régine Chassagne (tracks: A1, A2, C2)
Artwork By – Tracy Maurice
Brass – Andreas Stolzfus, Colin Stetson, Edith Gruber, Geoffrey Shoesmith, Jake Henry, Laurent Ménard, Margaret Gundara, Pietro Amato
Cello – Mélanie Auclair
Conductor [Choir] – Peter Drucker
Conductor [Orchestra] – István Silló
Contractor [Orchestra Contractor] – Csaba Lokös
Copyist – Daryl Griffith
Edited By – Michael Paert
Engineer [Recording] – Denes Redly
Mastered By – Frank Arkwright
Mixed By – Arcade Fire, Mark "Spike" Stent (tracks: A1, C2), Markus Dravs (tracks: A3, B1), Nick Launay (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to C1, C3)
Performer – Jeremy Gara, Richard Reed Parry, Régine Chassagne, Sarah Neufeld, Tim Kingsbury, Will Butler, Win Butler
Producer – Arcade Fire
Recorded By – Markus Dravs, Scott Colburn
Recorded By [Assistant] – Alex Droomgoole, Dave Emery, François Chevallier, James Ogilvy, Mike Feuerstack, Sharon Levinson, Tom Hough
Violin – Marika Anthony-Shaw, Owen Pallett
Written-By – Arcade Fire
Recorded and mixed during 2006 at "the church" in Quebec.
Additional recording was done at Win and Régine's house, the St. James Angelican Church in Bedford, Québec, the Église St. Jean Baptiste in Montréal, as well as in New York and Budapest. Additional mixing was done at Olympic Studios in London.
The name Neon Bible, from a novel by John Kennedy Toole, is used with permission of Grove Press, Inc. c/o Macintosh & Otis Inc
For their second full-length, the Montreal-based seven-or-eight-piece Arcade Fire show themselves capable of Big Rock, as original, and as potentially marquee-topping as TV on the Radio and Sigur Ros. Regardless, the intentional murkiness of these pleasantly anthemic New Wave dirges makes it sound as if the music has already reverberated through a crowded cement stadium. Named after cult author John Kennedy Toole's first novel, Neon Bible is smart and subtle enough to present itself as a personal discovery for every listener, every word to be pored over by fans (as with those of Tori Amos, Pavement, and Radiohead). Surely, lines like "The sound is not asleep/ It's moving under my feet" have already been scribbled onto the margins of countless textbooks. Such words are delivered with less intensity this time, but no less import. For vocal influences, lead singer Win Butler seems to have traded his '80s Bowie in for an '80s Springsteen, at least on the songs "Antichrist Television Blues" and "Windowsill" (though "Intervention" sounds an awful lot like '80s era Go-Betweens). The kitchen sink arrangements include the use of an Eastern European orchestra, pipe organ, hurdy gurdy, and a military choir.
The second album from Montreal's Arcade Fire exceeds all expectations. With string and orchestral arrangements by two of the band members, "Neon Bible" is full of both half-assed punk rock mistakes and meticulously orchestrated woodwinds. Processed strings and mandolin. Quiet rumbles and loud rumbles.
I personally love it, and if you find some of the songs a bit slow and heavy, there is always the (very big) payoff of "No Cars Go" to look forward to (one of the finest Arcade Fire songs I have heard, by far).
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Arcade Fire - Windowsill
colourful soundscapes and big crescendos.
Arcade Fire - Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
Arcade Fire - Black Wave/Bad Vibrations (at Les Eurockéennes 2007)
I love how this song has two completely different perspectives to it...the first one so optimistic and happy, and then the second basically completely opposite, basically crushing her dreams and telling her "stop now before it's too late."
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible / Wake Up - A Take Away Show
Arcade Fire - Ocean Of Noise