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Song Comparison Paper

Song Comparison Paper - Kenny Voelker October 2 2006 ENG...

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Kenny Voelker October 2, 2006 ENG 101 Pope One of the today’s major up-and-coming band’s, the Arcade Fire, are not unlike a band whose footsteps they follow in, the iconic U2. They are both imports to the US; the Arcade Fire is made up of Canadians, while U2 is an Irish band. Both of the bands have experienced various forms of commercial success; the Arcade Fire garnered many “Best New Artists” and “Album of the Year” nominations and awards from a multitude of internet sites and music publications for their first LP Funeral , while U2 has sold millions of albums, and has won Grammy’s and other awards in their long tenure. Bono, the lead singer of U2, penned one the band’s hit songs when he wrote “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” after hearing about the tragedies of the fighting between the Roman Catholics and the Protestants in Ireland. Win Butler, who heads The Arcade Fire, wrote a similar song in “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)” after experiencing an ice storm and the deaths of family members. The songs both have the same underlying meaning, just different approaches. Bono resorts to straight-forward, vivid imagery, and an outside perspective in their song “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” to express their desire for a more peaceful world, whereas Butler decides to tell of a personal, first-person, and metaphorical journey in “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) to convey the same message.
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