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Studying the smart set

April 24, 2005

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5 Breaking Out: Arcade Fire -- The Canadian quintet's debut album, ''Funeral," followed the deaths of many of the band's loved ones, and a brave, elegiac intensity fuels their songs, which are primal and melodic, whimsical and mournful all at once. Like any good catharsis, the music transcends the maudlin with the sheer romance of its emotional assault. (Full article: 497 words)

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