Directed by their long-time collaborator Vincent Morisset, this is never entirely a concert film nor a tour documentary nor even a film-student art flick, though elements of all three are prominent. Its most obvious antecedent is Radiohead's Meeting People is Easybut while that film unwinds gradually to the disaffected malaise in Thom Yorke's voice, Miroir Noir is a self-aware tone-poem essay on the Arcade Fire's navigation of the post-millennial liminal spaces between commercial capitalism and independent art.
In promoting 's Neon Biblethe group's chosen instruments for that navigation tended towards ironic appropriations of infomercial hucksterism. The film is replete with these concepts, from the cheesy pyramid-scheme ads released online to Richard Reed Parry's front-row cameo on The Price Is Right. These recordings are interspersed throughout the film, and they vary from the adorable to the combative, from candid confessionals to hilarious non-sequiturs "We've been touched by the hope and the truth.
Oh shit, my foot's on fire, I gotta go," mutters one deadpan Film (Psycho-Killer Remix By Wiretrash) - Amnistia - Dawnbox (CD, Album, Album, MP3) over shots of the band riding bumper cars.
But one female caller sums up the Arcade Fire's teetering balance of commercial appeal and soulful empathy perfectly: "Your product gave me my life back. Miroir Noir is not a product that is likely to give anyone their life back. The behind-the-scene footage is hardly revelatory, presenting the band hammering out ideas in the studio and relaxing on Mano Brava - Vanguatrio - Vanguatrio road.
Chassagne's pixie-like buoyancy shines through the random chop-cuts and marks her as the film's most endearing force. We see her tiny feet straining to reach the pedals of the massive church organ she plays in "Intervention", and later witness her effusive glee at the recording of the song's backing orchestra.
Her liveliness is a welcome foil to Butler's ponderous inscrutability. Though he joins Tim Kingsbury for a camera-mugging slow-dance to "Ocean of Noise" at one point, Butler is mostly a lifelike portrait of stoic detachment throughout. Morisset seems to realize this, providing a lengthy steadicam shot of Butler's back as he walks through a festival audience, always already alone in a crowd. I've said little about the music in the film, which should not be taken to imply that there is not much of it.
The artsy editing finally relaxes enough to allow the live footage to build to a visceral climax with Funeral 's anthemic duo of "Neighbourhood 3 Power Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives (Deluxe Edition) (DVD) " and "Rebellion Lies ", whose melding is ever a high-point of an Arcade Fire gig.
It's the most potent reminder of the Arcade Fire's ambitious art that Miroir Noir possesses, and if the film does nothing more than remind us of its subjects' transcendence in its final bow, then it can be called a success.
The clear limit to the film's success is that it doesn't Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives (Deluxe Edition) (DVD) much more than that, ultimately. But I will have to keep on searching. Anna Wiener's Silicon Valley memoir, Uncanny Valleyreveals a piratical industry choking on its own hubris and blind to the cost of its destruction.
One of Britain's most underrated singer-songwriters is going from strength to strength in his 70s. The album has been criticized by many for lyrics that they claim are too obvious and music that is too grandiose for its own good, but we need an album like this once in awhile. We need musicians who don't always hide their feelings behind wordplay which is so often Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives (Deluxe Edition) (DVD) smokescreen for not having anything to say anyway.
Win Butler walks a fine line here, with lyrics that spell out the major themes of the album but still provide plenty of subtlety and mystery for those who care Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives (Deluxe Edition) (DVD) look for it.
The songs themselves are outstanding from start to finish. The opener, "Black Mirror," is all doom and gloom, set to a thumping beat. Win Butler sounds like a crazed preacher who is calling for damnation to rain down upon us all, because maybe we deserve it. But the mood lightens with the Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives (Deluxe Edition) (DVD) song, "Keep the Car Running," and from then on, the album alternates darkness and light in a manner that is reminiscent of Love's "Forever Changes.
A more subtle favorite is "The Well and the Lighthouse," which is sort of a parable set to a beat that is like a speeded-up version of "Black Mirror," but this time moving toward a much more hopeful conclusion. Many listeners will hear "Neon Bible" as a tremendous downer, but then, there are those who say the same thing about Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon. Although they have little in common musically, they are similar in a way. The beauty of the music overcomes the angst expressed in the lyrics, and the end result is exhilarating, and yes, even hopeful.
The children pictured in the "Neon Bible" CD booklet may not know what they are doing, Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives (Deluxe Edition) (DVD) they are still children. It's not too late for them to be saved. It comes in a little box that has a pretty cool hologram on the cover, in which the pages of the book appear to turn as you look at it from different angles. Inside, there is a lyric booklet with the pictures I've mentioned, which is probably Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives (Deluxe Edition) (DVD) contained in the standard version of the CD.
There are also a pair of little flip books, one of which depicts a book that is flipping pages kind of ironic for a flip book, now that Voodoo - Chelo - 360° think of itwhile the other depicts the synchronized swimmers from the CD booklet splashing in the water. Honestly, I don't see the point of the flip books, but if you want the hologram, the deluxe version may be worth the higher price.
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase. This is without a doubt one of my favorite albums of all time. It boldly, and cleverly addresses very sensitive subjects with intelligent lyrics and combines them with their own unique sound and style. That being said this album is not for everyone, while it is highly enjoyable to me I would not classify this as a feel good album. It has a lot of emotion packed into it and at times it will try to creep you out and at other times it may make you want to cry but that is the beauty of this album.
It is not afraid to creep you out or make you want to cry because that will just make its messages more effective and arcade fire is amazingly good at using unique sounds to bring out unique feelings.
At first there were only a few songs on this album I really loved but the more I listened to it I began to appreciate the whole thing. This album can really grow on you and it is definitely worth a listen, especially antichrist television blues. It is also very great on vinyl, very high quality art and packaging, I was very pleased. One person found this helpful. The deluxe edition of Neon Bible is cool.
It comes in a little box with two flip books, a separate slip for the CD, and of Something For Free - Richard Easton - Boganvillea, the liner notes CD booklet. It's very very different from Funeral, their debut album. I'd say the only similarity Bible has with it's predecessor is that you still rock out, even with this new sound. When you listen to it, don't think "What happened to the sound of Funeral?
My favorite tracks from the album are "Ocean Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir - Neon Bible Archives (Deluxe Edition) (DVD) Noise" the words, the last few minutes - superb"Intervention" spine-tingling"No Cars Go.
I just wish it was longer. It's pretty good. Are you a fan of Arcade Fire? Do you have the other Arcade Fire titles in your music collection? Neon Bible makes a good starting point, or simply an addition to a more recent release of theirs.
The sound is not entirely the same from one album to the next, but it stays true to their style and is very listenable and enjoyable. There are customer reviews and customer ratings. See all customer reviews. Write a customer review. There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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