|Studio album by|
|Released||September 14, 2004|
|Recorded||August 2003 - early 2004|
|Studio||Hotel2Tango (Montreal, QC)|
|Arcade Fire chronology|
|Singles from Funeral|
Funeral is the debut studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 by Merge 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 aunts in April 2004. 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, with "Rebellion (Lies)" being the most successful, having 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 widespread 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. In the updated version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it was ranked at #151.
|The Village Voice||A-|
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.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." 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."Pitchfork gave the album a 9.7 out of 10 rating, and ultimately ranked the album #1 on their Top 50 Albums of 2004 list, as well as #2 on their Top 200 Albums of the 2000s list, after Radiohead's Kid A.Kludge called it a "glorious" debut album, in which Arcade Fire spins "elaborate art-rock full of passion and atmosphere."
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."Stylus's Josh Drimmer gave Funeral an A, calling it "celebratory, emotionally rich and life-affirming".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." Reviewing the album in February 2005, Dave Simpson of The Guardian called it "one of the year's best already, by a mile." 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."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." In 2017, Canadian music magazine Exclaim! ranked fifth single "Wake Up" as the best song in the band's entire catalogue.
The album is certified Gold by the Record Industry Association of America for over 500,000 copies sold in the US.
|Consequence of Sound||US||Top Albums of the 2000s||2009||2|
|LAS Magazine||US||Albums of the decade||2009||1|
|Mojo||UK||The 100 Greatest Albums of Our Lifetime 1993-2006||2006||60|
|NME||UK||The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2000s||2009||7|
|Paste||US||Top 50 Albums of the 2000s||2009||3|
|Pitchfork||US||Top 200 Albums of the 2000s||2009||2|
|Rolling Stone||US||Top 100 Albums of the 2000s||2009||6|
|Rolling Stone||US||500 Greatest Albums of All Time||2012||151|
|Rolling Stone||US||100 Best Debut Albums of All Time||2013||15|
|Slant Magazine||US||Top 250 Albums of the 2000s||2010||4|
|Spin||US||125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years||2010||66|
|Under the Radar||US||Top 200 Albums of the Decade||2009||1|
|Q||UK||250 Best Albums of Q's Lifetime||2011||19|
|NME||UK||The 500 Greatest Albums of the All Time||2013||13|
|CBC Music||CAN||100 Greatest Canadian Albums of the All Time||2013||4|
|Popmatters||US||100 Best Albums of the 2000s||2014||3|
|1.||"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"||Butler||4:48|
|2.||"Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)"||Butler, Chassagne||3:33|
|3.||"Une année sans lumière"||Butler, Chassagne||3:40|
|4.||"Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"||Butler||5:12|
|5.||"Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)"||Butler||4:49|
|6.||"Crown of Love"||Butler||4:42|
|7.||"Wake Up"||Butler, Chassagne||5:39|
|10.||"In the Backseat"||Chassagne||6:21|
|Japanese CD edition bonus tracks|
|1.||"My Buddy" (Alvino Rey Orchestra)||2:35|
|2.||"Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" (August Session)||Arcade Fire||5:35|
|3.||"Brazil" (Ary Barroso cover)||Ary Barroso||3:56|
|4.||"Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" (Live at the Great American Music Hall)||Arcade Fire||5:57|
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Funeral.
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||300,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone