What makes this a unique Arcade Fire record?
Tim Kingsbury: After touring, we took a year off, although Win [Butler] and Régine [Chassagne] started working on ideas, and it took another year to record it. So, there was more time for ideas to come and go, and that's a big difference. And Will [Butler] really got into analog synthesizers, which is abundantly clear on this record.
Why examine "the suburbs"?
It's trying to capture the feeling of growing up in that environment, to a certain extent. It's based on reality and [the] fictitious as well; there's a certain element that's almost sci-fi, with the whole suburban war. Really, it's as much of a concept record as our last two records were.
It seems more accepting of what it's critiquing.
You're right; it's not really about transcending it. It's a look at it, like, you watch a film and it really captures a mood, but doesn't really leave you feeling, "Oh, this is the way." It's also more mature because we're older. The production on the last record was so big. On this one, there are moments where we thought, "This song doesn't need anything else." It gives it more room to breathe. (Sonovox)
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