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Studio album by Arcade Fire
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2004 (2004-09-14)
RecordedAugust 2003 – early 2004
StudioHotel2Tango (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Indie rock
  • art rock
  • baroque pop
  • Merge
  • Rough Trade
ProducerArcade Fire
Arcade Fire chronology
Singles from Funeral
  1. "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
    Released: June 20, 2004
  2. "Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)"
    Released: March 28, 2005
  3. "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"
    Released: May 23, 2005
  4. "Rebellion (Lies)"
    Released: September 12, 2005
  5. "Wake Up"
    Released: November 14, 2005

Funeral is the debut studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 in North America by Merge Records and on February 28, 2005 in Europe by Rough Trade Records. It was given its title because several band members had recently lost members of their families: Régine Chassagne's grandmother died in June 2003, Win and William Butler's grandfather (swing musician Alvino Rey) in February 2004, and Richard Reed Parry's aunt in April 2004.[1]

Preliminary recordings for Funeral were made during the course of a week in August 2003 at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec, and the recording was completed later that year all in an analogue recording format.

The album produced five singles. The most successful, "Rebellion (Lies)", peaked at #19 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album. It received wide critical acclaim and topped many year-end and decade-end lists. According to the website Metacritic, the album had the second most appearances on end-of-decade Top 10 lists, only behind Radiohead's Kid A.[2] In the updated version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it was ranked at #151.


  • 1 Critical reception
    • 1.1 Accolades
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Personnel
  • 4 References
    • 4.1 Further reading
  • 5 External links

Critical reception

Funeral received universal acclaim from music critics, and is commonly hailed as a modern classic. At Metacritic, the album has received an average score of 90, based on 33 reviews. It is put at one of the top 100 albums on Metacritic's list of highest scored albums of all time.[13] AllMusic reviewer James Christopher Monger gave the album a rating of five stars out of five. He described it as "brave, empowering, and dusted with something that many of the indie-rock genre's more contrived acts desperately lack: an element of real danger."[14] Rock critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A−, saying that Funeral was "...too fond of drama, but aware of its small place in the big world, and usually beautiful."[15] Pitchfork gave the album a 9.7 out of 10 rating, and ultimately ranked the album #2 on their Top 200 Albums of the 2000s list, after Radiohead's Kid A.[16] Kludge called it a "glorious" debut album, in which Arcade Fire spins "elaborate art-rock full of passion and atmosphere."[17]

Drowned in Sound also highly praised Funeral. Reviewer Jesus Chigley called the album "...empowering and hopeful and euphoric all at once", saying that "it says everything there is to say about mortality and it does it in 10 tracks."[18] Stylus's Josh Drimmer gave Funeral an A, calling it "celebratory, emotionally rich and life-affirming".[19] Tiny Mix Tapes gave the album five stars out of five; "Funeral," the reviewer wrote, "is like nothing you've heard before, and altogether familiar."[20] Reviewing the album in February 2005, Dave Simpson of The Guardian called it "one of the year's best already, by a mile."[21] Zeth Lundy of PopMatters complimented Funeral on its eccentricity, calling it "bizarre at turns and recognizable elsewhere, equally beautiful and harrowing, theatrical and sincere, defying categorization while attempting to create new genres."[22] Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade "best-of" list, saying, "Funerals are generally somber affairs, but the Canadian indie rockers' emotionally charged 2004 debut mostly just made us smile. And, okay, mist up a little."[23]

The album was also listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[24]

The album is certified Gold by the Record Industry Association of America for over 500,000 copies sold in the US.[25]

Track listing

All tracks written by Arcade Fire, with help from Josh Deu on tracks 1 and 4.


Arcade Fire

  • Win Butler – vocals, electric guitar, 12 string electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, synthesizer, bass
  • Régine Chassagne – vocals, drums, synthesizer, piano, accordion, xylophone, recorders, percussion
  • Richard Reed Parry – electric guitar, synthesizer, organ, piano, accordion, xylophone, percussion, double bass, engineer, recording
  • Tim Kingsbury – bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Howard Bilerman – drums, guitar, engineer, recording
  • William Butler – bass, xylophone, synthesizer, percussion

Additional musicians

  • Sarah Neufeld – violin, string arrangements
  • Owen Pallett – violin, string arrangements
  • Michael Olsen – cello
  • Pietro Amato – horn
  • Anita Fust – harp
  • Sophie Trudeau – violin on "Wake Up"
  • Jessica Moss – violin on "Wake Up"
  • Gen Heistek – viola on "Wake Up"
  • Arlen Thompson – drums on "Wake Up"


  • Arcade Fire – producer, string arrangements, engineer, recording
  • Ryan Morey – mastering
  • Tracy Maurice – cover art
  • Hilary Treadwell – photography, insert
  • Mark Lawson - recording, engineering
  • Thierry Amar - recording assistance


  1. ^ a b Moore, David (September 12, 2004). "Arcade Fire: Funeral". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Best Albums of the Decade: A Roundup of Critic Lists - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Reviews for Funeral by Arcade Fire". Metacritic. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Funeral – Arcade Fire". AllMusic. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Weiner, Jonah (February 2005). "Arcade Fire: Funeral". Blender (33): 102. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (November 5, 2004). "Funeral". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave (February 25, 2005). "Arcade Fire, Funeral". The Guardian. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Arcade Fire: Funeral". Mojo (137): 96. April 2005. 
  9. ^ "Arcade Fire: Funeral". NME: 49. March 5, 2005. 
  10. ^ "Arcade Fire: Funeral". Q (225): 126. April 2005. 
  11. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (December 9, 2004). "Funeral". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 8, 2005). "Consumer Guide: Harmonies and Abysses". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Arcade Fire:Funeral (2004): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  14. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Funeral". AllMusic. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Funeral". Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  16. ^ Moore, David (2004-09-12). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Arcade Fire: Funeral". Pitchfork Media. 
  17. ^ Solinas, L.A. "Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike". Kludge. Archived from the original on December 9, 2004. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  18. ^ Chigley, Jesus. "Arcade Fire:Funeral". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  19. ^ Drimmer, Josh. "Funeral". Stylus magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  20. ^ WYATT. "Arcade Fire, Funeral". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  21. ^ Simpson, Dave (2005-02-05). "Arcade Fire, Funeral". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  22. ^ Lundy, Zeth (2004-09-14). "The Arcade Fire: Funeral". PopMatters. 
  23. ^ Geier, Thom; Jensen, Jeff; Jordan, Tina; Lyons, Margaret; Markovitz, Adam; Nashawaty, Chris; Pastorek, Whitney; Rice, Lynette; Rottenberg, Josh; Schwartz, Missy; Slezak, Michael; Snierson, Dan; Stack, Tim; Stroup, Kate; Tucker, Ken; Vary, Adam B.; Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Ward, Kate (December 11, 2009), "THE 100 Greatest MOVIES, TV SHOWS, ALBUMS, BOOKS, CHARACTERS, SCENES, EPISODES, SONGS, DRESSES, MUSIC VIDEOS, AND TRENDS THAT ENTERTAINED US OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS". Entertainment Weekly. (1079/1080):74-84
  24. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (2014). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  25. ^ "American certifications – Funeral – Arcade Fire". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  26. ^ Moses1221. "CoS Top of the Decade: The Albums « Consequence of Sound". Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  27. ^ "Albums of the decade". Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  28. ^ "The 100 Greatest Albums of Our Lifetime 1993-2006". Mojo. 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  29. ^ "The Top 100 Greatest Albums Of The Decade". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  30. ^ Evans, Janile. "The 50 Best Albums of the Decade (2000-2009) :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Paste". Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  31. ^ Pitchfork, October 2, 2009 (2009-10-02). "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 20-1 | Features". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-09-02. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  32. ^ "100 Best Albums of the 2000s". 
  33. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". 
  34. ^ "Best of the Aughts: Albums | Music". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  35. ^ "125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years". Spin Magazine. 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  36. ^ "Top 200 Albums of the Decade". Under the Radar. 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  37. ^ "250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime". Q. 2011. 
  38. ^ "International Velvet - NME". 
  39. ^ "CBC Music". 
  40. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1". 

Further reading

  • Mansuy, Anthony (2014). "Children, Wake Up : a (ch)oral history of Funeral". DumDum Magazine. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 

External links

  • Funeral at Metacritic

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