Funeral (2004) There are a lot of cooks in the Arcade Fire's kitchen — more than a dozen musicians contributed to this debut—and at times the album's… 2004-09-14 Funeral
Music Review

Funeral (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 14, 2004; Lead Performance: Funeral

There are a lot of cooks in the Arcade Fire's kitchen — more than a dozen musicians contributed to this debut—and at times the album's splendid sprawl tumbles into overreaching chaos. But for the most part, Funeral is a lovely, uplifting, and often pleasingly grandiose whirl through a panoply of sounds — from the Flaming Lips-style eccentric majesty of ''Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)'' to the Modest Mouse-like herky-jerky melody of ''Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)'' and the dense, Björk-esque balladry of ''In the Back Seat.''

Originally posted Nov 05, 2004 Published in issue #791 Nov 05, 2004 Order article reprints