I'm not a fan of lengthy albums, my short attention span cannot deal with them. It s often the case that the extra tracks get skipped as the quality dips. Arcade Fire are probably one of the only bands around at the moment who have enough variety to keep the listener attentive for sixteen songs.

This is the third offering from the Canadian collective and probably their most important too. After the success of their critically acclaimed previous releases would they move on or take a step back? It's been over three years since the bands second album, Neon Bible so anticipation was high.

The album opens with the title track, a song the band had already released as a single. There is still the Arcade Fire sound but a lot grander. Elements of Neon Bible and the bands debut, Funeral are hidden in this track but this feels a lot more comfortable and complete. After the familiarity of the opener the listener gets another sixty minutes of brilliantly put together arrangements to take in. The record takes many twists and turns as it is packed with variety. Where Funeral had a fresh feel and Neon Bible was big and bold this is a lot more complex. They have almost moved on from their iconic church atmosphere to a more anthemic vibe, but still with intimacy.

There is a good mix of high energy, upbeat and hecticness in parts of this sixteen track record that go together well with calmer arrangements giving this a beauty and a beast element. Win Butler's lyrics are honest, like reading pages of his childhood diary as he reminisces of his old neighbourhoods to stories of today and the future. Regine Chassagne has a lot more impact on this album compared to the previous two which defiantly adds another dimension, not just in her vocals but she offers a softer approach.

The multi-instrumentalists highlight their talents dipping in-and-out of various musical influence whilst still keeping their own sound. Butler's vocal are still like a loud whisper whilst numerous sounds are going off in the background. After the opening track is over the band gain momentum with 'Modern Man' and '€˜City With No Children'€™ being amongst many highlights. There is a slight dip in the middle of the record but these tracks are likely to be growers. The soft sound of '€˜Suburban War€' builds up to a crescendo that explodes with ear shattering drums, this is followed by the post-punk-esque '€˜Month Of May€' where the listeners has no choice but to pay attention. The penultimate track on the album, 'Sprawl II'€™ sees Regine on lead vocals and helps to start the conclusion beautifully before the opener track €˜reappears as an ending.

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life I recommend you choose this, not only because it lasts sixty five minutes also the fact that you will discover something new each listen.