US (New York), August 05, 2010 Review

artist: Arcade Fire date: 08/09/2010 category: live concerts

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Arcade Fire: US (New York), August 05, 2010
The band had announced to play in Madison Square Garden, with Austin Indie band Spoon, on August 6th and within hours the show was sold out.
 Sound: 9
 Perfomance: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.7
US (New York), August 05, 2010 Reviewed by: Jakelman10, on august 09, 2010
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Sound: With hundreds of bands performing this summer all around the globe, the French-Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire is one you must add to your list of bands to see. The band had announced to play in Madison Square Garden, with Austin Indie band Spoon, on August 6th and within hours the show was sold out. This prompted the band to add a second show for the following night, the 7th. Led by Win Butler, the band's sound was rich and full as it filled the entire garden with power driven music. Opening with, "Ready to Start" which was released on their latest album, the band was clearly ready to start. The band had a great set list, covering all of their classic songs such as "No Cars Go" "Power Out" "Rebellion (Lies)" and even their new single, "The Suburbs." They had a good blend of older songs from Neon Bible and Funeral along several of their new songs. The only problem with the sound was that the drums and bass, though great, were slightly too loud which muffled the sound of the delicate string section, a part of the band that makes them so unique. // 9

Perfomance: Arcade Fire does not only know how to play music, but they know how to put on a good show too. Butler kept the energy level up by jumping around on stage and even jumping into the pit, on two occasions! Something unique about the show as well was that Monty Python's Terry Gilliam was directing a live broad cast of the band, available on Youtube. The visuals onstage were flashy and interesting though a bit distracting as there was a video screen behind the members of the band flashing images for different songs. A highlight of the night is When Butler took a break in between songs to say, "Sometimes at a rock concert, there are people in front of you dancing and jumping up and down and people may tell you to calm down. You should say, 'Hello, nice to meet you. I respect your space but I'm a a f--kin' rock concert right now!'" // 8

Overall Impression: Bands headlining at The Garden have a very hard time performing and putting a great show. The arena is not built for acoustics and the venue is so big that it is hard to create a full sound like at some other, smaller venues, but Arcade Fire seemingly had no difficulties with this task. Their sound was rich and full and certainly worth the money. Spoon, who I have seen on separate occasions, did not put on their greatest show, as the first half of their set list, they ran into several technical problems with the sound system. Spoon certainly is a great band, and they do put on a great show, but the Garden simply is not the right venue for them. If you are the kind of guy who loves to listen to good music and have a good time at a concert, Arcade Fire is the band to check out. It is worth the money and worth the effort to get tickets. Very few bands can put on great shows 100% of the time but it is a good show guarantee to see Arcade Fire. // 9

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