Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004)
Label: Merge, Rough Trade
The indie rock community is constantly picking out new buzz bands to champion as "the next big thing," and a lot of times those bands come and go as quickly as it takes to write an exaggerated album review that inflates the hype. But it was clear with Funeral that Arcade Fire wasn't one of those bands. All it took was one listen to "Wake Up" and you knew that this band was one that was made to rock arenas.