Music for Neon Bible by Arcade Fire
Neon Bible is the second studio album by the Canadian indie band Arcade Fire. It was released on March 5, 2007 in Europe and March 6, 2007 in North America. Neon Bible has experienced breakthrough commercial success. During its first week, it debuted at #1 in both Canada and Ireland, and #2 in the United States, the United Kingdom and Portugal. It was certified gold in Canada in March 2007.
Throughout the course of the album, the band employs a pipe organ, a hurdy gurdy, a military choir, and a full Hungarian orchestra, among others. Frontman Win Butler described the album as sounding “like standing by the ocean at night.” Butler has stated in an interview that the album is not named after the John Kennedy Toole novel The Neon Bible and that the identical titles are purely coincidental.
Pete Paphides reviewed Neon Bible in The Times (England), describing his experience of seeing its performance in London:
“At times, you wonder if a more emphatically serious album has been made in the past decade. Last week, Win Butler said that the thing that interests him about religion is its reluctance to take a “light-hearted view” of human nature. [At the conclusion] A deafening church organ announces itself like the fist of an Old Testament God smashing through the stained glass, and Butler’s fraught examination of crumbling belief rises to its conclusion over a motif that, consciously or otherwise, seems to turn into We Shall Overcome.”
In October 2007, Arcade Fire uploaded a new website with the date October 6 on it. After speculation over what the website was about, including rumors of new material or a live streaming of a concert, it was eventually revealed to be a video for Neon Bible, featuring the face and hands of Win Butler, Arcade Fire’s Frontman, with which you can interact during the song.
Neon Bible: An Interactive Adventure
(Click Image for the Interactive Neon Bible)
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