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Arcade Fire EP

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  • Audio CD (July 12 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B0009V61ZI
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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1. Old Flame
2. I'm Sleeping In A Submarine
3. No Cars Go
4. The Woodland National Anthem
5. My Heart is an Apple
6. Headlights Look Like Diamonds
7. Vampire / Forest Fire

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The debut EP in it's original packaging available again through Merge after a brief hiatus! Originally self-released by the band in 2003, the album has been remastered. 2005.

Arcade Fire fans are an enthusiastic bunch, and they've been hungry for more music from their favorite group. But be forewarned, this EP was actually recorded and released by the band independently in 2003. The EP is an interesting glimpse into the development of these musicians; decidedly less experienced at that point, the band didn't have quite as much oomph as they do now. When you compare these tracks with their first single, "Rebellion (Lies)" from Funeral, you can immediately feel a difference in confidence, from vocals on through to orchestration. That said, there is still plenty for fans to enjoy on this EP; for starters, none of these seven songs show up on their full-length, so that gives Fire fans an extra half hour of music to enjoy. Secondly, husband and wife team Win Butler and Régine Chassagne's vocals and songwriting still shine, most especially on the standout "No Cars Go" and the beautifully fragile "Headlights Look Like Diamonds." Funeral remains the best introduction to Arcade Fire, but this CD is still a great glimpse of a band with a bright future ahead. --Denise Sheppard

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to believe that one of the hottest new indie rock bands first debuted with an unknown EP. The first collection of the Arcade Fire's music -- self-released at their concerts in 2003 -- is now being rereleased, letting fans see the sprawling splendor of their earliest work.
Don't expect just an extension of their full-length debut "Funeral," though. This EP was recorded two years and several personal upheavals before their full-length debut, so it has a very different sound -- the sound of a lush, melancholy band who is figuring out their musical style.
It starts off on a high note with "Old Flame," before stumbling slightly with a mellow, meandering rocker with Régine Chassagne's eerie vocals taking the lead. After that, they dabble in dreamy folk-rock for awhile, before climaxing into the exquisite "Vampire Forest Fire," a painful look at destructive families. "You wanna be set apart?/Burn all of your art/repair the wasteful part/I'm a vampire in a forest fire..."
It's hard not to be smitten with the Arcade Fire. Ever since several nu-psychedelic bands went off the radar, it's become difficult to find bands that are brave enough to experiment, but able to keep it accessable. Enter the Arcade Fire, a Montreal band that does both things, a refreshing change in the world of increasingly stale music.
"EP" isn't quite as wildly unique as their later work; some of the songs have echoes of Mercury Rev or fellow Canadians Broken Social Scene. The thing is, they're really good echoes. And the songs that they echo through are very good work, rich and complex, putting the musical and lyrical talents of Arcade Fire to work.
Much like the later "Funeral," there isn't a lot of happy-happy-joy to be found here.
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Format: Audio CD
while not as good as their masterpeice Funeral, this is still a great set of songs. this EP was originally released before Funeral, and is an interesting look at a band finding thier sound before truly hitting their stride.
the highlight for me was definetly "Headlights Look Like Diamonds" which comes closest to capturing the band's sweeping soundscape that would fully blossom later on tracks like Funeral's "Tunnels" or "7 Kettles".
all and all, it's a quiter, less bombastic affair than Funeral, but it shows promise.
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By A Customer on Oct. 7 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let's get this straight from the beginning - YOU WILL HATE THE ARCADE FIRE ON YOUR FIRST LISTEN. It's like that for everyone. But after a few cycles through their album(s) you will grow to love their music. Although there are a couple of not-so-great songs on this EP, it is well worth the money. A huge fan of "Funeral", I bought this EP expecting great things. At first I was disappointed, and not until about 5 listens through the album did I start to appreciate the music. Give it time. In the meantime here is my review of the album:
1. Old Flame - 9/10 - a catchy song, a nice way to introduce the EP. Not their best work but still a very nice song.
2. I'm Sleeping in a Submarine - 8.5/10 - Pretty good, extremely catchy bass line that kicks in after a little while.
3. No Cars Go - 10/10 - Simply incredible. I thought it was mediocre at first but after about the 10th listen I started to really appreciate its beauty. It's about how you move on when you die...very moving. Comparable in quality to "Wake Up" or "Rebellion (Lies)" from the full-length Funeral.
4. Woodland National Anthem - 8.5/10 - Pretty good song, somewhat repetitive.
5. My Heart is an Apple - 7.5/10 - Probably my least favourite off the my opinion, swear words have no place in Arcade Fire songs. It's like putting ketchup on ice cream.
6. Headlights look like diamonds - 9.5/10 - Another mind-blowing song. Unbelievably good.
7. Vampire/Forest Fire - 8/10 - along with My Heart is an Apple, this track makes up the weaker side of the EP. Still not a bad song though.
Overall - 9/10
New listeners to the Arcade Fire should start off with Funeral, the stronger of their albums. However do not overlook this EP, it is worth having in your music collection.
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