To say Arcade Fire fans are obsessive is an understatement. Within minutes of Zane Lowe giving ‘The Suburbs’ and ‘Month of May’ their first play on his show, the bloggers and internet aficionados were sharing copies and devouring them.

The wait has been palpable. Neon Bible was panned byt he critics and fans alike for not being the first album again. Just for the record, the wonderful Neon bible as a score of 87 on Metacritic, while the first album has a score of 90: hardly a disastrous second record then.

But what does the future hold for the third Arcade Fire lp, presumably titled The Suburbs? going on these tracks, nobody need have any reservations. Win et al have crafted more spectacular songs that will more than stay in swirling in the mind for years to come.

First of all, ‘The Suburbs’. Musically, it is not unlike ‘Vampire/Forest Fire’ off the acclaimed ep, their introduction to the masses. Lyrically, Win Butler is thinking big. He might also have been reading some existential philosophy.

“We were already old we were already bored. Sometimes I can’t believe it, I am moving past the feeling.”

The upbeat musical world is juxtaposed with the depressive mid-life crisis ramblings of a man saddened by war and feeling let down by humanity. “All of the houses that they built in the 70s will finally fall, and it meant nothing at all.”

The final verse sees a person extremely worried about the future of the world; a world that has let down humanity and has no future.

“So can you understand? I want a daughter while I’m still young. I want to hold her hand and show her some beauty before the damage is done, but is this too much to ask? Send me a son.”

‘Month of May’ continues the trend of anger and vitriol. This time however it is built on a chugging riff. It comes across as being adapted from ‘Wake up’ all those years ago, but set to a far more menacing backdrop. There are no sing-along moments here. This is fists-in-the-air anger at the establishment of the 21st century.

“Some things are pure and some things are right but some kids are standing with their arms folded tight.”

It is a pulsating three-and-a-half minute journey on this track. What does Win mean when he sings, “2009, 2010 I want to make a record like I did then”?

It ends, obviously enough, on a bit of a downer. “Will the wind take my body away? I wish I may, I wish I might. But meet me down there with my arms folded tight.”

So yes, welcome back the fantastic Arcade Fire, creators of possibly the most depressing album of the year.

Arcade Fire- ‘The Suburbs’

Arcade Fire- ‘Month of May’