album review: the arcade fire
  • MONDAY, AUGUST 02, 2010

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Is it a masterpiece because we really, really want it to be a masterpiece or is it really a masterpiece? The 'M' word gets thrown around an awful lot in the rock and roll world and frequently it has more to do with the moment than the music. Sometimes it happens right out of the box, like the 2008 Fleet Foxes debut. But more often than not, it's the third or fourth record for a band that's slowly been building momentum, gaining the approval of its elders, getting great press and finally breaking out, selling out stadiums and actually selling records. In the post-classic rock era, it's happened to The Clash, U2 and Radiohead in that order and really that's about it.

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