August 15, 2011 12:00 PM

Arcade Fire

The Suburbs (Deluxe Edition) |

ALT-ROCK

It’s been a slow summer for rock, so it’s a perfect time to revisit The Suburbs, Arcade Fire’s vast sonic expanse that shocked the music world when it-deservedly-won Album of the Year at the Grammys last February. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of its release, the set has just been reissued in a two-disc deluxe edition. Like all great albums, this one gets better with time. Just in the first three songs-the ragtimey title tune, the garage-charged “Ready to Start” and the Bowie-esque “Modern Man”-The Suburbs covers more territory than most bands would hope to do in an entire album. Two new tracks extend the journey respectfully: the mellow, musing “Culture War” and the Talking Heads-ish “Speaking in Tongues,” which, appropriately, features guest vocals by David Byrne. Meanwhile a DVD includes Scenes from the Suburbs, a Spike Jonze-directed short film inspired by the album that only makes the whole thing more hauntingly nostalgic.

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