Funeral

~ Release group by Arcade Fire

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Funeral CD 10 Spunk! (Australian) URA 141 9332727003905
Funeral CD 10 Merge Records MRG 255 0036172955527
Funeral CD 10 Merge Records MRG255CD 036172955527
Funeral 12" Vinyl 10 Merge Records MRG255LP 036172955510
Funeral 12" Vinyl 10 Rough Trade (post-2000) RTRADLP219 5050159821914
Funeral CD 10 Rough Trade (post-2000) RTRADCD219 5050159821921
Funeral 2×CD 10 + 4 V2 Records Japan V2CP 236, V2CP 237 4520227001216
Funeral CD 10 Sinnamon Records SINCD94 8436023331036
Funeral CD 10 Rough Trade (post-2000), Soyuz Music (Союз Мьюзик) RTRADCD219 4601250358338
Funeral 12" Vinyl 10 Merge Records MRG255 673855025513
Funeral Digital Media 10 Sony Music CG 886446576442
Funeral CD 10 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88985462402 889854624026
Funeral 12" Vinyl 10 Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88985462421 673855025513

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Wake Up
part of: Shortlist Music Prize Nominees (number: 2005)
Uncut: The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) (number: 100)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 151)
Music Canada Certified Platinum Albums
Music Canada Certified Gold Albums
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000384072 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/1945 [info]
Wikidata: Q526196 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/arcade_fire/funeral/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/dpgb [info]

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Funeral is a brilliant album of beguiling contradictions. It's a wintry record with real warmth and a joyous, uplifting collection of songs made during bereavement. It is utterly accessible but still art-rock and skewed, typically Canadian charm led by a man from Texas.

Arcade Fire's Win Butler grew up in the lone star state but eventually gravitated to Montreal and it's his canine yelp that colours the band's debut as much as the deaths of band members' relatives, who are the subject of a dedication in the sleeve notes.

Win and his awkward but confident vocals are reminiscent of Talking Heads' main man David Byrne and like Byrne he drags some remarkable imagery into his bands songs. On ''7 Kettles'' he switched from cliché to oddity in a single line and the effect is oddly moving, 'They say a watched pot never boils/ you can't raise a baby on motor oil'. Or the haunting but jagged ''Laika'' he intones along with wife and bandmate Regine Chassagne, 'Our older brother/ bit by a vampire/ For a year we caught his tears in a cup/ And now we're gonna make him drink it'. You don't doubt them for a second.

Part of what causes Arcade Fire fans to so worship the thoughtful septet is the instrumentation. British bands who lazily rent an orchestra in the hope of chart success would do well do give Funeral a listen or 20. Every xylophone, violin and accordion adds to the heady brew. Instant catharsis, it ain't. Here, like on so many life-changing albums, the rewards come with each new listen.

In the years since Funeral, Arcade Fire made Neon Bible, an equally astounding album. But where Funeral was personal, ...Bible *is political. And where *...Bible *wears its influences on its sleeve from Echo And The Bunnymen to Bruce Springsteen, their first effort was the sound of a band discovering their own greatness. Only Arcade Fire can make misery sound so good and only Arcade Fire distil life into a sound that is at once busy and simple, textured and pure. There seems little doubt that *Funeral will live on in listeners' hearts.