I'm a die hard with a vengeance kind of Arcade Fire fan. I geek out on themes in general, but their records do it with such EFFORTLESSNESS, it's sick. They take it to the next level on this one, taking the thread of a single lyric and weaving it through multiple songs, ("towns they built to change"). My fave song right now is Suburban War 'cause it makes me think of growing up in a small town, playing in bands, back when my husband and I could claim our cool points. "Now the music divides us into tribes / You grew your hair so I grew mine" - we could so relate.
I also waffled on whether to go to the show or not, since I'd seen them twice before. The first was in New York at the United Palace Theatre - part time church and music venue, pretty perfect for Neon Bible, uh-mazing. And the same year in a crappy hockey arena in St. Paul. They played the same crappy arena this time, but you could tell the last three years has taught them a thing or two about playing larger venues. It was e-lectric. And Regine Chassagne singing Sprawl II, dancing with multi-colored ribbons? Man, she's a force of nature. I'd see 'em again next week if I could.