Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Review: Send Away The Tigers & Neon Bible

Typically I keep my musical tastes to myself, as wide and various as they are, but every once in a while I stumble upon something so good I can't keep it to myself. In this instance, I have two CDs I want the world to know about, if they don't already.

The first, titled: Send Away the Tigers, is the 8th album from Welsh rockers, Manic Street Preachers. Two singles from the album, (both my favorites) Your Love is Not Enough & Autumnsong, have already found critical acclaim, as well as shooting to the tops of the UK charts. It wasn't until I got a hold of this album that I had even heard of the band, and now that I have, I've managed to get my hands on every song they've ever produced. Over the 8 albums they've created, their sounds have changed from a Brit-Punk, to more of a up tempo alternative rock. I gotta say though, of all their albums, I'm loving this one the most.

The 2nd album, Neon Bible by, is the sophomore album from critically acclaimed Candian rockers, Arcade Fire. The band, hailing from Quebec was founded in 2003 by the husband and wife team Win Butler and RĂ©gine Chassagne. David Bowie heard the band while on tour and brought them to the attention of label owners. Still without a major label backing, the success of the band and the album Funeral has been acclaimed as an Internet phenomenon. After a 9.7 rating from Pitchfork, Merge Records sold out their inventory of Funeral and it became the label's first album in the Billboard 200 chart.

On March 6th, 2007 the band released Neon Bible (I was there to buy it as soon as the doors opened) and immediately the album started getting rave reviews everywhere. I feel like the band is still pretty well unknown to the general population, as you won't see them on MTV, but hey, I'd rather listen to a band who made the cover of TIME magazine any day...


  1. The only Arcade Fire song I have heard reminded me of Eddie and the Crusers covering Bruce Springsteen. Of course, I try not to judge bands by their radio songs, especially since I listen to people who are never on the radio, and if they are it's usually their worst song.

  2. I've never heard either of these bands on the radio unfortunately...it's hard to find a good indie radio station in this part of the country.