Courtesy of Holly Erskine on Flickr - Arcade Fire at Brixton Academy 14 March 2007Courtesy of Holly Erskine on Flickr - Arcade Fire at Brixton Academy 14 March 2007Courtesy of Holly Erskine on Flickr - Arcade Fire at Brixton Academy 14 March 2007

Photo from the Brixton Academy show on the 14th thanks to Holly Erskine on Flickr.

I was unmoved by Arcade Fire’s show. Is that blasphemy? Admittedly, it’s near impossible to have a transcendent experience when you’re standing at the back of the cavernous Brixton Academy with 1500 heaving bodies between you and the performers.

The band opened with the two singles from latest album ‘Neon Bible’ and though ‘Keep the Car Running’ was an electrifying intro, the crowd was decidedly less enthusiastic about ‘Black Mirror’. There didn’t seem to be much downtime for any of the ten people on stage (there are only seven members of Arcade Fire) and with that many instruments contributing, each song started as a grand, orchestral wash of sound which only intensified. 

The old songs held up – especially a momentous Power Out which was played in the second encore, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Yes, it would have been better in a smaller venue but the real reason is I just haven’t fallen in love with Neon Bible despite trying (what’s wrong with me? everyone else seems to love it).

I’m blaming Of Montreal. They’ve made me a whore for hooky pop and that’s not Neon Bible’s strength. 

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