Moving Past the Feeling: Emotion and Form in Arcade Fire's 'Funeral'

Spitzer, Michael
(2017) Moving Past the Feeling: Emotion and Form in Arcade Fire's 'Funeral'. Popular Music, 36 (2). pp. 252-282.

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This article focuses on Arcade Fire's 2004 first album, Funeral. It is analytical in orientation, offering close (analytical) readings of Funeral's 10 tracks from the standpoint of reception of the album as particularly ‘emotional’. In order to explain Funeral's generation of extreme emotion, the article applies tools from current formal theory, particularly the theory of sentence phrase-structure. It connects sentence form with Spicer's notion of (ac)cumulative processes. With a nod to Osborn's article on ‘terminal climax’, it shows how Arcade Fire's sentential forms are unusually directed towards anthemic climaxes, associated with emotional breakthrough. The article also explores the tension in the music, grounded in the indie ethos in general, between ‘spectacular’ stasis and forward motion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Date: 2015-04-01 (completed)
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3603 Music, 36 Creative Arts and Writing
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 20 May 2019 15:22
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2024 00:31
DOI: 10.1017/S0261143017000046
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