Discumentary: Arcade Fire "Funeral"
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Randy Newmans 1974 release Good Old Boys became his major commercial breakthrough. Originally conceived as a concept album about a southern man named Johnny Cutler the album morphed into a satirical examination of the Southern mystique.
Arcade Fire's 2004 debut took many by surprise. Funeral shows the Canadian 5-piece band with their fascinating arrangements and a big sound for an indie-rock band. Funeral set the stage for Arcade Fire to grow bigger musically and become one of the most successful acts of recent years.
Belle and Sebastian grew out of a class project and became a sensation in the U.K. due to word of mouth. This, their third album from 1998, is steeped in a wide array of musical influences. It grew their fanbase even more and earned them a coveted Brit Award.
With only a small cult following in the U.S., Sarah McLachlan released this album and watched her star rise. The album features one of her best-known songs, "Posession" about obsession from a stalker's perspective.