Arcade Fire – “Modern Man”
This thundering track from Arcade Fire’s much-lauded The Suburbs shows why the band has gained a large following over the releases of its three records. Win Butler’s haunting voice over the subtle shifting time signature helps flesh out his near-paranoid lyrics. Hints of the Police and the Talking Heads help give this song some classic context. Written about his childhood experiences in suburban Houston, Butler explores the feelings of boredom, safety, and curiosity that plagued him as a child.