Arcade FireThe Suburbs

Label:Columbia – 88985462631
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country:UK, Europe & US
Style:Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


A1The Suburbs5:15
A2Ready To Start4:16
A3Modern Man4:40
B5Empty Room2:52
B6City With No Children3:12
B7Half Light I4:14
B8Half Light II (No Celebration)4:27
C9Month Of May3:51
C10Wasted Hours3:21
C11Deep Blue4:28
C12We Used To Wait
French HornPietro Amato
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D13Sprawl I (Flatland)2:54
D14Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
French HornPietro Amato
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D15Suburban War
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D16The Suburbs (Continued)1:28

Companies, etc.



Additional recording took place in various bedrooms, living rooms and basements in Montreal.
Thanks to Mark Lawson, Markus Dravs, Cha Cha, Tyler, Scott (and everyone at Quest) and our patient spouses.


Album comes in a gatefold sleeve, printed inner sleeves with lyrics and credits.

Gloss finish cover (in and out), gold foil stamped back cover
Spine: ARCADE FIRE - "THE SUBURBS" - 88985462631

Tracks numbered sequentially.

Record label not listed on release.

Side C ends with a locked groove in which we hear the piano loop endlessly.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 889854626310
  • Barcode (Scanned): 889854626310
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout, Variant 1): 88985462631-A RKS 162900E1/A1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Runout, Variant 1): 88985462631-B RKS 162900E2/A STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, Runout, Variant 1): 88985462631-C RKS 162900E3/A STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, Runout, Variant 1): 88985462631-D RKS 162900E4/A STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout, Variant 2): 88985462631-A RKS 162900E1/A2 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Runout, Variant 2): 88985462631-B RKS 162900E2/A1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, Runout, Variant 2): 88985462631-C RKS 162900E3/A2 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, Runout, Variant 2): 88985462631-D RKS 162900E4/A A1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Runout, Variant 3): 88985462631-A 1035736 RKS 162900E1 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Runout, Variant 3): 88985462631-B 1246004 RKS 162900E2 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, Runout, Variant 3): 88985462631-C 1141425 RKS 162900E3/A3 STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, Runout, Variant 3): 88985462631-D RKS 162900E4/A A1 STERLING

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Suburbs (2×LP, Album)City Slang2743427Europe2010
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The Suburbs (CD, Album)City Slang, Sonovox Records2742629/C, 2742629Europe2010
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The Suburbs (2×LP, Album)Merge Records, Sonovox RecordsMRG385US2010
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The Suburbs (CD, Album, Beige)Merge RecordsMRG385US2010
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The Suburbs (CD, Album)City Slang, Sonovox Records2742629/A, 2742629Europe2010



  • wongtong's avatar
    As a lot of the other reviews mention, this pressing is flawless. No pops or clicks. Great mastering on this. Sprawl II sounds fantastic on this record. High quality album. Great record.
    • ajm316's avatar
      Beautiful pressing, highly recommend. It is quiet in all the right parts. The sleeve look lovely, lyrics printed on the sleeves... got it brand new. Read through the other reviews, doesn't sound flat at all to me. But I have a pretty solid system so that may be the difference maker. Bumps pretty loud, really clean. Played it all the way through, not one skip or pop.
      • guidopies's avatar
        Edited 7 months ago
        Excellent pressing. I also have the Merge pressing and the second record (especially side 4) is unlistenable due to the massive amount of surface noise. This pressing has no such issues. Turn the bass & treble knobs up a bit and it sounds fantastic. The cover is not quite as glossy as the Merge version but I like this one better (and the colors are a tiny bit warmer as well).
        • haynietb10's avatar
          Turn the volume up a little bit, and it sounds perfectly fine. Not as dynamic as some of the top albums I own, but I think it more than gets the job done.
          • daviejbruce's avatar
            My copy sounds so flat and lifeless :( not good at all
            • Andrewslattery's avatar
              No complaints from me. Mastered by Ryan K Smith. Silent vinyl. Really good dynamic range. Not sure what people are talking about no bass... It's mastered at pretty low volume, but that just means you can absolutely crank it! I think Ryan has mastered to highlight the vocals and guitar, which is fine by me!
              • dicedpeas's avatar
                Edited 2 years ago
                I 100% have this pressing and not the OG Merge cut (and I don't have it for comparison) and I 100% agree with those saying the mastering sounds a little lifeless. It's not awful by any means, but it lacks the punch and depth I was hoping for. And I'm not hearing much low-end, either. Some of it may just be the recording, I'm honestly not sure. Turning it up fairly loud does help, but only so much. Hopefully this is not considered the definitive release, because I feel like it could be done better.

                The pressing, however, is excellent.

                Edit: Both the Merge cut and this press are listed as DR10 on the database. The CD is listed as DR7, so if you are looking for dynamics, at least on paper, either cut on vinyl is better, but neither are awesome. That said, dynamics aren't everything.
                • leonthesleepy's avatar
                  No issues with the pressing but the mastering leaves a lot to be desired. Some songs sound really flat
                  • james19's avatar
                    Excellent pressing. Every side very clean, not surface noise, great dynamics, decent amount of low end present. The gatefold jacket is also beautiful. If you need a copy of this record, but this pressing. Lovely stuff!
                    • Geee.'s avatar
                      I am curious if some reviewing here are mistaking the OG Merge cut by Ray Janos with this new press cut by Ryan Smith? This more recent Ryan Smith cut slays the Janos. It isn't even close. The SQ of the Janos is flat, but not the Smith cut. Lots of nuanced bass. My press is also much superior to the OG Merge which had non-fill on side 4.
                      This is an excellent version & definitely the one to own.
                      (My system: Rega RP6 / Ortofon Black; McIntosh MA5200; Axiom M60 v2 w/Monster Cable)


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