August 5, 2010
So I've put off a but from posts in general, but also a review of the new Arcade Fire album. Part of that is because I plan to write about the album in full for the next month's PineBuzz, but I thought talking about it by covering the live YouTube Madison Square Garden show would be a good way to start.
So, after 15 minutes of a Terry Gilliam's black and white mini music documentary, the band came on. It was pretty exciting--these live YouTube shows are pretty sweet as it is, but it was cool that it had an intro, it was like watching the Oscars. Except better. Because it's Arcade Fire.
And after the first couple songs, it's safe to say that first of all, these guys are crazy, in such a brilliant way, but if you've ever seen a live video of them, you already knew that. The other thing that's quite obvious is that they are amazing in concert. When a YouTube concert is good, the real thing must be incredible.
Of course, that's been said about Arcade Fire for a long time. There was that whole thing about them running into the middle of crowds to start off a show, singing into megaphones (yeah, that happened on La Blogotheque, check it out, video #41).
What's unique about this is that it's simultaneously awesome and a little distressing. Three or four years ago, who ever thought you'd be able to watch full concerts live online as they happen, with DVD quality production? And if they happened, who thought it would be a band as awesome as Arcade Fire? But at the same time, it raises the question: is the same thing going to happen to AF that happened to the Kings Of Leon--that they get "too big?"
There's something to be said for weariness of that latter point. I mean, I'm not kidding about the Kings of Leon. They said it themselves. But after a first listen of this new album, I don't think it's the case with Arcade Fire. They took some time of and let this album take its time to develop. And it was worth it.
As for the concert, well, that's just a bonus to the whole thing. If you missed it, I'll bet you it will show up somewhere later. If I come across it perhaps I'll follow up on this post.
Either way, point is, the new Arcade Fire album is worth a listen.