Neon Bible

Common Sense Media says

Raw, wide-eyed band reacts with intense lyrics.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Lyrics deal with controversial topics like falling bombs, fighting like a soldier, living in an ocean of violence, ground-hitting planes. One reference to World War III.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

One reference to MTV. Includes lyrics like "they say it's money that we need" and "salesman coming after me."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Abstract line: "Take the poison of your age."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is a treasure chest of emotions and worldly perspective. The words are brutally honest and sometimes depressing ("A vial of hope and a vial of pain/In the light they both looked the same" and "I'm standing on a stage/Of fear and self-doubt"), but the dark messages are lifted by beautiful, soaring instrumentals and interesting sounds. Once you get past the influx of intense reactions to the government, church, military, and basic rights of the common man, you'll be happy to know that profanity, sexism, and commercialism aren't an issue on this album.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Most of NEON BIBLE is peppered with self-righteous chants that sometimes come off as paranoid (\"I can't breathe! I can't see!/World War III, when are you coming for me?\"). Cathartic melodies and edgy emotional lyrics make for a provocative, inspirational mix, but \"No Cars Go\" is where Neon Bible reaches its climax. Vocalists earnestly repeat \"between the click of the light and the star of the dream.\" The song wants to bring optimism and a sense of lightheartedness (\"Women and children let's go/Old folks let's go/Don't know where we're going\"). The epic, melodic undertones save the song \"Keep the Car Running\" from its intense lyrics (\"Men are coming to take me away,\" \"eight pressing down,\" and \"I can't swim across a river so deep\").

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Montreal-bred, eight-piece band dives into an abyss of brooding lyrics successfully by surrounding each song with lush sounds and beautiful, soaring instrumentals, like the hopeful vocals in "Antichrist Television Blues" and "Black Wave." Neon Bible is also top-rate thanks to samples from church pipe organs, a military choir, Calexico horns, and a hurdy-gurdy (fiddle)

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the malevolent vision depicted in the lyrics. How do you empathize with the band's critical point of view? What do you think of their reactions to the government, church, military, and basic rights of the common man?

Music details

Artist:Arcade Fire
Release date:March 6, 2007
Label:Merge
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycheeserules August 30, 2009
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12
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AMAZING album.

I absolutely LOVE this album. Arcade Fire is one of the best bands of this generation...one of the few who still produce good, REAL music instead of the fake garbage that dominates 99% of the charts these days. This truly is an amazing album, and, in my opinion, is ever bit as good as "Funeral", their amazing debut album that you should also buy. I would suggest songs that you should download if you're not going to buy the whole album, but, quite frankly, I can't suggest anything BUT purchasing the whole album. The only song on the album that I don't love is the finale, "My Body is a Cage", and the only reason is that it's not really "epic" enough to be the finale. I'm sure I would like it a lot more if it was the second-to-last song on the album and "No Cars Go" was the finale instead...that song is truly epic. Anyway...buy it, buy it, buy it!
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Wow

This may be my favorite album of the year. Perfect, amazing instrumentals, great vocals, though not as good as 'Funeral'. Songs to Download My Body is a Cage Windowsill No Cars Go Intervention
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 November 30, 2012
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13
QUALITY
 

neon bible

The Montreal-bred, eight-piece band dives into an abyss of brooding lyrics successfully by surrounding each song with lush sounds and beautiful, soaring instrumentals, like the hopeful vocals in "Antichrist Television Blues" and "Black Wave." Neon Bible is also top-rate thanks to samples from church pipe organs, a military choir, Calexico horns, and a hurdy-gurdy (fiddle) Families can talk about the malevolent vision depicted in the lyrics. How do you empathize with the band's critical point of view? What do you think of their reactions to the government, church, military, and basic rights of the common man?
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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