Arcade Fire–Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

The most all-out song on Arcade Fire’s debut album, Funeral, Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) is a crunching, key-changing, discordant cannonball of a song.  Sitting atop the whole thing is the surprising brightness of the glockenspiel.  While pretty much any instrument is fair game in any Arcade Fire song, the glockenspiel provides an unexpected bit of contrast and lightness in what is otherwise one of the heaviest songs the band has ever produced.  Dense with harsh instrumentation, and replete with Win Butler’s shouts and screams, the percussive layer that floats above the rest of the track adds necessary texture and tonal variety to what could otherwise have been a much more ordinary guitar-rock track.

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