has rearranged two of their most prominent songs off of The Suburbs
in a live studio performance. The bones of "Sprawl II" and "We Used to Wait" are transplanted flawlessly into their warmer acoustic skins. Like any great acoustic cover, there's something inherently emotive about these less-rendered arrangements. It's only natural since the intimacy of every great acoustic cover should always compensate for the drop in energy that can occur when you take away the flare of effects. Apparently, Arcade Fire was aware of this.
Even though Regine Chassagne's vocals are tidier in the studio version, her and the band nail "Sprawl II"
Arcade Fire perform "Sprawl II" on Sound Opinions from WBEZ on Vimeo.
This take on "We Used to Wait" is about the warmest we've seen Arcade Fire get, acoustic guitars, reverb-free vocals, fiddles and all.
Arcade Fire performs "We Used To Wait" on Sound Opinions from WBEZ on Vimeo.