In the wake of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” winning album of the year at this year’s Grammys, the nation’s hipster community is reeling as it is forced to reevaluate its opinion of the former indie darlings. Since the release of 2004’s “Funeral,” Arcade Fire has been a favorite of hipster critics, hipster bloggers and hipster music fans alike. But some fear that recognition from the music business establishment is a sign that the band has gone too mainstream or, in the words of popular culture blog Ironic Fixed-Gear Bicycle Tattoo, “become another concubine in the whore-house of corporate America.” Another reviewer added that where the band’s previous albums contained “beautiful and affected sprawling pop melodies,” “The Suburbs” consists of “over-produced, grandiose bubblegum pop.” However, it should be noted that although divided on the legitimacy of the band, the hipster community still prefers Arcade Fire’s earlier work.
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