Monday, April 25, 2011

David Moore

[Arcade Fire's] search for salvation in the midst of real chaos is ours; their eventual catharsis is part of our continual enlightenment. . . . It's taken perhaps too long for us to reach this point where an album is at last capable of completely and successfully restoring the tainted phrase "emotional" to its true origin. Dissecting how we got here now seems unimportant. It's simply comforting to know that we finally have arrived.
(From his unbelievably overwrought 2004 Pitchfork review of Arcade Fire's first album, Funeral, which scored 9.7 on Pitchfork's 10-point scale -- one of the highest-rated albums in the e-zine's history.  Almost singlehandedly, the Pitchfork review turned an obscure Montreal band into the darlings of the indie music world and helped them sell half a million copies of the album in the first year after it was released.  Arcade Fire's most recent album, The Suburbs, won the Grammy for "Album of the Year" in 2011, beating out megahit albums by Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Eminem, and Katy Perry.)

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