Neon Bible

Music review by
Karen Fu, Common Sense Media
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Raw, wide-eyed band reacts with intense lyrics.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

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.


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."

What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bytheironichipster June 23, 2012

Neon Bible- a sensational album!

A piece of art from Arcade Fire for sure. Neon Bible is a fantastic album. It's one of the few albums I can say I like every song on it. The songs can be d... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bycheese-process December 19, 2010

Amazing album!

This is definitely Arcade Fire's best album! The songs are great, and more memorable. The power in these songs is intense. My 3 favorite tracks: Ocean o... Continue reading

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?

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)

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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