Don't let the title put you off, either. If Funeral were a funeral, it would be an Irish wake. It's a bittersweet celebration, by turns raucous and somber, often within the same song. "Crown of Love" is a string-drenched ballad of adolescent love that suddenly explodes into soul-shaking dance-punk. "Wake Up" flows effortlessly from a fist-pumping, anthemic chorus into a delicate toy-piano bridge into an endearingly sincere early '80s pop beat.
If you're still not convinced after a few spins -- or if you still can't find a copy of the record -- see the Arcade Fire at Mojo's in Columbia on November 30. It was the band's live show that started the buzz, after all. Order a Kool-Aid and enjoy.