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Arcade Fire “We Used To Wait” vs. Broken Bells “The High Road”

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Posted by teibs On December - 18 - 2010

brokenarcadebells@ZackTeibloom Does anyone even remember that they liked Broken Bells? I mean, Danger Mouse’s side project has been so wildly overshadowed by his former Gnarls partner Cee-Lo’s “Fuck You” (and the rest of that underrated album) while Broken Bells only ever got a decent live grade from me because it was after several days of bands I didn’t know at SXSW. At ACL, Andy and I gave Broken Bells five minutes of our time and decided it was more than enough as we went from Mayer Hawthorne to Local Natives. On the other hand, I will never run out of glowing things to say about Arcade Fire. Easily my favorite album and live show of the year and quite honestly my favorite current band in the world. “We Used to Wait” does it all and re-invents the music video while doing it. I expect one vote for Broken Bells from the godfather of FC (Rob) but that’s it. Arcade Fire deservedly got the one respectable nomination for Grammy album of the year. I wouldn’t be shocked if it this song takes it all.

@ZackTeibloom I like to think there are three elements which make up an argument for why a song should be my favorite: 1. How it sounds live 2. The video. 3. How it fits on the album “We Used to Wait” delivers incredibly well on all three levels. Arcade Fire at Lollapalooza was my favorite festival show of the year and “We Used to Wait” was the piece de resistance. You hear a line like “sing the chorus again” on the record and don’t realize how that dynamic will change when 70,000 people in Grant Park take it literally. It’s not what you’d think would be a crowd surfing song, but I lost a hat and gained a pair of sunglasses in the madness.
The video? I’m gonna save it for a later round. That’s how confident I am that it’s moving on. As for how it fits on the album, my roommate (@shiftywhiteguy) came home from work one day, flipped to track 13 on what I could only tell was a blank CD and said ” I just need to listen to this right now” and I knew before the piano beat came on what he had picked. The one you should pick.

@AndyShore To have the number one quality of a favorite song be how it sounds live is ludicrous. Our favorite band of all time stopped touring live, because they were no longer capable of reproducing their songs live. Somewhere John and George are rolling in their graves. Granted, “The High Road” is not the Beatles. It is, however, brought to us by one of the top three producers on the planet. Everything Danger Mouse touches turns to gold. The synth at the songs start reels you in and James Mercer’s voice has a haunting quality that sticks in your brain. The back up vocals add such an incredible layer to this song. I really liked this song the first time I heard it, but loved it by the last minute. The sing/chant along to close is what will have this song stuck in your head for days.

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  1. Rob Said,

    I smell an upset.

    Posted on December 19th, 2010 at 4:53 am

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