Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Moustache Salad's Indeterminate List of Greatest Album Openers

Moustache Salad recently had a poll where we asked our readers which part of an album they thought most important: the opener, centerpiece, or closer. This poll was the result of a dinner discussion that stretched into a long debate with both sides presenting evidence to support their case. The poll was close. We held our collective breath as the closing date neared. When the scattered vinyl, CD's, and bruised songs were pushed aside, the opener stood as the narrow victor in this ideological album battle. As a result of your voting, and almost simultaneously with the opening of the MLB season , Moustache Salad will be presenting its unordered list of great album openers over the next couple weeks. We hope to have at least one new song up each day. Also, we encourage you to comment and tell us your favorite album openers.
These guys are super excited for the openers.
Their favorite opener you ask? Boston's "More Than a Feeling".

Arcade Fire- "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"

We couldn't think of a more appropriate way to start this list than with a song containing the number one in the title. This song kicks off Arcade Fire's 2004 album Funeral. Starting quiet with a driving bass-line and tinkling piano part, Win Butler sings of "digging a tunnel from my window to yours." The song then expands with crisp drums and Arcade Fire reveals the full sound they're so well known for. "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" contains an indication of what else Arcade Fire brings to the table on Funeral: astonishing crescendos, meaningful lyrics, great instrumentation, and catchy wordless vocals; making it a truly great opener.

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