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Montreal orchestra geeks the Arcade Fire explore the intricacies of religion on their new CD.

Neon Bible, is a worthy follow-up to 2004's Funeral.

Arcade Fire: Dust off those accordions and dictionaries, 
kids: The Arcade Fire is back.
Davida Nemeroff
Arcade Fire: Dust off those accordions and dictionaries, kids: The Arcade Fire is back.

So is Neon Bible good? Yes. Is it better than Funeral? Well, apples and oranges. Bible's the type of album on which college English classes and doctoral theses are built — but it's also an album that, like Funeral, fosters community (just check out any YouTube clips of recent live shows or the fevered message board brainstorming about hidden messages). Despite questioning traditional religious avenues, the Arcade Fire is its own self-contained religion for the disenfranchised and searching, for post-college kids stuck in dead-end cubicle jobs who miss using their brains and can't relate to organized worship — but long for the mystery of the spiritual unknown. — Annie Zaleski

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