The new Arcade Fire album is coming out on August 3, and the reviews are very favorable. So far on Metacritic the album, which is titled The Suburbs, has a score of 92. That's higher than both Funeral (one of my two or three favorite albums of the 20th century) and its follow-up Neon Bible. I've been hearing one of the singles on the alternative station here in Austin, and it definitely sounds like this band from Montreal is going in a different direction.
I'll be hitting Waterloo Records the day it comes out--it'll be an early birthday present!