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Arcade Fire

1 rating: 3.0
Alternative Rock, Indie Music, and Miscellaneous album by Arcade Fire

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 view into the development … see full wiki

1 review about Arcade Fire

Exceptional debut of an excellent band

  • Sep 30, 2006
Rating:
+3
Arcade Fire has become one of my favorite bands, and I still find lots of people who haven't heard of them. They have a very distinctive style and some of their best songs are able to touch a primitive chord in the soul and at the same time feel distinctively fresh and unprecedented.

This album may not be as good as Funeral, but it's much better than almost anything else out there in the alternative/pop/rock arena these days. Listening to this album now feels like catching Radiohead at the time of Pablo Honey or the Bends; or even like catching Echo and the Bunnymen way back when releasing Heaven up Here or Porcupines. Someone else said that this feels like a band learning their own sound, and I think that's right; but I think you might also say that the sound of this album is open, in the sense it could be taken in several directions and they chose a route that was perhaps less ethereal and light and more "meaty" and rhythmic and beat-driven than some of the songs on this album. I like the direction they chose, and love their subsequent album (and tracks); but sometimes listening to this album makes me wonder what kind of music might have emerged in some of the other directions suggested by this early album. Maybe some of that music can still happen. In any case, if you haven't heard them yet, it's time, whichever album you choose to begin with.

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Label: Merge Records
Artist: Arcade Fire
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Music, Miscellaneous
Release Date: July 12, 2005

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