Arcade FireThe Suburbs

Label:City Slang – 2743427
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Indie Rock


A1The Suburbs
A2Ready To Start
Mixed By [Additional Mixing]Nick Launay
A3Modern Man
Mixed By [Additional Mixing]Nick Launay
B5Empty Room
B6City With No Children
B7Half Light I
B8Half Light II (No Celebration)
C9Month Of May
C10Wasted Hours
C11Deep Blue
C12We Used To Wait
French HornPietro Amato
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D13Sprawl I (Flatland)
D14Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
French HornPietro Amato
Mixed By [Additional Mixing]Nick Launay
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D15Suburban War
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D16The Suburbs (Continued)

Companies, etc.



Album comes in a gatefold sleeve and contains a unique download voucher.
Inner sleeves with lyrics and credits.

Locked groove end of Side C.

Track listing appears on the release as Side 1, Side 2 etc. and sequentially listed tracks.

Recorded at: Petite Église, Farnham; Magic Shop, New York;
Studio Frisson, Montréal; Public Hi-Fi, Austin;
and various bedrooms, living rooms and basements in Montréal.
Mixed at: Studio Frisson, Montréal


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text on sticker): 4 250506 800109
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): 2743427-A RJ STERLING 88076E1/A 2743427-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): 2743427-B RJ STERLING 2743427-B 88076E2/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout): 2743427-C RJ STERLING 88076E3/A 2743427-C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout): 2743427-D RJ STERLING 2743427-D 88076E4/A

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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
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The Suburbs (CD, Album)City Slang, Sonovox Records2742629/F, 2742629Europe2010


  • Gwendalmadec's avatar
    I ve a release with thèse Matrix/runout informations.
    But the bar code is the one of UK/Ireland release.... 602527434278
    It makes me confuse.
    Can someone help me ? Thanx
    • leonthepro's avatar
      Edited 3 years ago
      Although I did not appreciate many of the songs on the album Im mostly here to review its sound in general, and the sound is nothing I can complain about. A release with a very punchy mastering and clean pressing, with the exception of some songs that have a slight white noise in the background, leaving me wondering if its a stylistic choice. Hardly noticeable, but then why include it? Perhaps its static from the recording itself. The sleeves however can be problematic. Aesthetically they all look very nice but the task of fitting in your records is quite arduous.
      Firstly, taking out the record from the inner sleeves is practically impossible without touching the vinyl itself, something I am not fond of. They simply fit so tightly that you require manual force to slide them out.
      Secondly, because they are so tight you can hardly fit your own plastic ones into them, something I like to do if they are not lined with plastic material. They should not be discarded either because they include lyrics and song lists on them which as stated look nice but written with poor handwriting, turned sideways at times, and even covered with song numbers it can be a headache to read.
      Lastly, the outer jacket sleeves which of course is a gatefold suffers from a problem which a lot of gatefold designs do. Trying to tuck in your sleeves to the very spine of the outer sleeve will make it unable to close, most likely because the record or sleeve is hindering it. Meaning you have to find a sweat spot close to the spine so that the sleeve is inside the jacket, but not so close it blocks its connection point.
      There are a lot of negative points in the design here but whats important is the music, so do not misunderstand me and know that this is a great item for you collection if you like Arcade Fire.
      Edit: If you are worried about the pressing quality because its GZ you might want to look into the US MRG385 version instead. Cant say if its better but it might be a safer bet than the EU GZ, mine plays quiet after a clean though.

      Over a year later now I have to say that my opinion on the sound of this has changed a bit. Im hearing a lot more dynamic compression and lack of instrument separation, especially in the mid range where I feel the vocals arnt present enough a lot of the time. Its still quite a decent listen however.

      Equipment used:
      Rega RP1 with base carbon cart
      Cyrus 2 Amplifier
      System Fidelity SF-3050 tower speakers
      Custom made HQ speaker cables

      Update Equipment:
      Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge



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