Arcade FireThe Suburbs

Label:Merge Records – MRG385, Sonovox Records – MRG385
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


A1The Suburbs5:15
A2Ready To Start4:16
A3Modern Man4:40
B1Empty Room2:52
B2City With No Children3:12
B3Half Light I4:14
B4Half Light II (No Celebration)4:27
C1Month Of May3:51
C2Wasted Hours3:21
C3Deep Blue4:28
C4We Used To Wait
French HornPietro Amato
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D1Sprawl I (Flatland)2:54
D2Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
French HornPietro Amato
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D3Suburban War
SaxophoneColin Stetson
D4The 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 gloss finish gatefold sleeve and contains a unique download voucher.
Inner sleeves with lyrics and credits.

Locked groove end of Side C.


Made in Canada

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 73855 03851 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 673855038513
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched, 'STERLING' stamped): MRG-385-A RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched, 'STERLING' stamped): MRG-385-B RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, etched, 'STERLING' stamped): MRG-385-C RJ STERLING
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, etched, 'STERLING' stamped): MRG-385-D RJ 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 (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



  • 4goldners's avatar
    Everyone raves about their debut but this is my favorite Arcade Fire LP. Sounds great on vinyl.
    • SirBrad's avatar
      I have the CD and even though the dynamic range numbers may not be impressive, it sounds really good and full of life on my system. I am an even 50/50 CD/Vinyl collector but feel like I keep reading iffy reviews on vinyl releases that cost 2x or sometimes 3x more than the CD release which actually do not sound bad at all. I know CDs aren’t fun or cool but don’t sleep on them if your goal is to find a nice sound.
      • brklyn_'s avatar
        Christmas gift, never heard of them. My brother-in-law has an ear for bands of this genre and I'm glad he thought of me when getting an extra copy. I've come to accept the variants in the way vinyls play versus their digital counterpart, and I'm happy with the sound quality of this record. It's not muffled, the vocals are clear and the physical appearance has evenly cut grooves. This is just great. I may have modern man on repeat for the next few days lol
        • gregboyd's avatar
          I was checking out these reviews because I am revisiting this album 10 years on now after listening to Digital or CD primarily over the years in the car or at work etc. The LP has been on my shelf at home most of the time since its release. Anyway, this vinyl version seemed to lack bass and I was somewhat weirded out. After checking others' reviews here, I've revisited the album for a more critical listen. It seems to be true, this version is indeed mixed differently vs. digital formats and I guess that's what I'm detecting. It's more forward in some ways, but also has this airiness that digital doesn't. The bass does not 'kick' either but to the benefit of everything else sonically. This Merge copy is dead silent and a nice physical product.
          • bullcitytarheel's avatar
            One of the best sounding vinyls I own. Record is absolutely silent, sound is full and nuanced. Packaging is gorgeous and the album is damn near flawless. Highly recommended.
            • WaitsUp's avatar
              Quality control on this release is terrible. Took three copies to get one without surface noise and with only a moderate warp. Awful.
              • jfwoodman's avatar
                Excellent pressing of a great album. Rich, clean, full sound compared to CD/digital format. Highly recommended.
                • norexit's avatar
                  Edited 7 years ago
                  I thought that this album sounded kind of flat, but then I compared it with a digital version, and the vinyl is actually better. Maybe it's just designed to sound better on headphones or something.
                  • PBenderRecords's avatar
                    I was extremely surprised at how much I liked the vinyl over the cd. It is rare for my aged ears to hear a strong difference between formats, but this is one of the few were I felt it was a different record altogether. I owned the CD since it came out, but was disappointed at the monotonous chugging along sound that plodded through the whole piece. I found the LP at a used shop that didn't normally have vinyl and bought it to resell. After listening to it for grading purposes, I started noticing the unique aspects of each of the songs. It appears that they had an engineer who knew how to mix for vinyl. I have completely changed my thoughts on a disappointing album and would highly recommend a replay on a good LP setup.
                    • Gilmania's avatar
                      There are two versions right? Standard and 180 gram preorder? Is this listing supposed to be the non-preorder one?



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