The Suburbs

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Indie-rock is all about being yourself; OK for older kids.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Though there's some of the usual young-adult angst in this album, it has a more positive outlook on life than the typical indie-rock record.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The majority of these songs are about staying down to earth in a world full of artifice. 


A couple mentions of kissing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Suburbs is like a lot of albums by young indie rockers: it includes many somewhat cryptic lyrics about growing up and discovering your identity. While the messages here may be indirect, they are almost entirely free of adult content, lacking graphic language or adult references beyond a kiss or two. In the end, the record is a good option for older tweens and teens.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDogMediaLover August 13, 2014

The Suburbs is Superb

The Suburbs is a coming-of-age album with no inappropriate content just positive message. Wait till 13, and you'll get the most out of it, but if you'... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 25, 2012

Arcade Fire

An amazing album by indie rock band, Arcade Fire.
I am disappointed that no-one really listens to this music, it is pure indie amazingness. Just as good as Fune... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE SUBURBS is the Grammy-nominated third album by indie darlings Arcade Fire. The collection of 16 songs holds true to the indie formula: not a ton of swearing, sex, substance use, or violence, but some melancholic and brooding messages about trying to figure out one's place in the world. Still, the CD deviates from the indie pack in its somewhat more hopeful, positive overall outlook. For instance, "They heard me singing and they told me to stop

Is it any good?

Musically, The Suburbs mirrors its lyrical approach -- lots of infectious guitar-based arrangements that sound at once haunting and upbeat ("Deep Blue" and "Empty Room" are good examples"). Husband and wife members Win Butler and Régine Chassagne share lead vocals to good effect, keeping the interest level high throughout the record's evolution.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about indie rock. What makes a song or record "indie"?

  • Is indie-rock cooler than mainstream pop? Why or why not?

  • This album has been critically acclaimed; what makes it so special and worthy of accolades?

  • Talk about the messages these songs contain about

  • keeping it real. In "Rococo" the band sings, "Let's go

  • downtown and talk to the modern kids...using great big words that they

  • don't understand...they say 'rococo.'" How can a person stay down to

  • earth in a world where everyone is trying to impress each other?

Music details

  • Artist: Arcade Fire
  • Release date: August 3, 2010
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Genre: Indie Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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