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Released: Aug. 2, 2010

Rating: 4.167 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: indie rock

Quotable: “A perfect actualization of the suburbs as metaphor for the classic North American dream.” – Andrea Warner, Exclaim!

Album Tracks:

  1. The Suburbs
  2. Ready to Start
  3. Modern Man
  4. Rococo
  5. Empty Room
  6. City with No Children
  7. Half Light I
  8. Half Light II (No Celebration)
  9. Suburban War
  10. Month of May
  11. Wasted Hours
  12. Deep Blue
  13. We Used to Wait
  14. Sprawl I (Flatland)
  15. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  16. The Suburbs (Continued)

Sales (in millions):

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sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 1
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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • The Suburbs (6/1/10) –
  • Month of May (6/1/10) –
  • We Used to Wait (8/1/10) –
  • Ready to Start (10/3/10) –
  • City with No Children (3/13/11) --


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Brits Award for International Album of the Year. Click to go to awards page. Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page. Q magazine – album of the year

The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
“Montreal’s Arcade Fire successfully avoided the sophomore slump with 2007’s apocalyptic Neon Bible. Heavier and more uncertain than their near perfect, darkly optimistic 2004 debut, the album aimed for the nosebleed section and left a red mess.” JM However, with The Suburbs,’s Ian Cohen says the band proves that they “can still make grand statements without sounding like they’re carrying the weight of the world.” WK

“If nostalgia is just pain recalled, repaired, and resold, then The Suburbs is its sales manual. Inspired by brothers Win and William Butler’s suburban Houston, TX upbringing,” JM exploring, as Uncut’s Alastair McKay’s says, “the badlands between safety and boredom.” WK Andrea Warner from Exclaim! calls the album “a perfect actualization of the suburbs as metaphor for the classic North American dream.” WK

“The 16-track record plays out like a long lost summer weekend, with the jaunty but melancholy Kinks/Bowie-esque title cut serving as its bookends.” JM Win Butler said the album “is neither a love letter to, nor an indictment of, the suburbs – it’s a letter from the suburbs.” WK

“Meticulously paced and conservatively grand, fans looking for the instant gratification of past anthems like ‘Wake Up’ or ‘Intervention’ will find themselves reluctantly defending The Suburbs upon first listen, but anyone who remembers excitedly jumping into a friend’s car on a sleepy Friday night armed with heartache, hope, and no agenda knows that patience is key. Multiple spins reveal a work that’s as triumphant and soul-slamming as it is sentimental and mature.” JM

“At its most spirited, like on Empty Room, Rococo, City with No Children, Half Light II (No Celebration), We Used to Wait, and the glorious Régine Chassagne-led Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), the latter of which threatens to break into Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’ at any moment, Arcade Fire makes the suburbs feel positively electric.” JM

“Quieter moments reveal a changing of the guard, as Win trades in the Springsteen-isms of Neon Bible for Neil Young on Wasted Hours, and the ornate rage of Funeral for the simplicity of a line like ‘Let’s go for a drive and see the town tonight/There’s nothing do, but I don’t mind when I’m with you,’ from album highlight Suburban War.” JM

“The album was recorded in Win Butler and Régine Chassagne’s residence in Montreal, with some parts being recorded at the band's studio in Quebec and in New York City. Win Butler describes the overall sound of The Suburbs as ‘a mix of Depeche Mode and Neil Young,’ stating that he wanted the album to sound like ‘the bands that I heard when I was very young, and wondered what those crazy noises were.’” WK

The Suburbs feels like Richard Linklater’s Dazed & Confused for the Y generation. It’s serious without being preachy, cynical without dissolving into apathy, and whimsical enough to keep both sentiments in line, and of all of their records, it may be the one that ages so well.” JM Mike Diver of the BBC called it the group’s “most thrillingly engrossing chapter yet; a complex, captivating work.” WK He even went so far as to compare it to Radiohead’s classic OK Computer, but said “it’s arguably better than that.” WK NME’s Emily Mackay also ranked it with another classic, this one from R.E.M.: “This deserves to be their Automatic for the People; an album that combines mass accessibility with much greater ambition. Pretty much perfect.” WK

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previous album: Neon Bible (2007)

The Suburbs

Month of May (live)

We Used to Wait

Ready to Start

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Last updated February 15, 2011.