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Arcade Fire’s debut release — this 7-song, 33-minute self-titled EP — already displays many of the elements that would make them a genuine musical sensation in the new century. Released in 2003 and re-released in 2005 after the unexpected success of their 2004 debut album, Funeral, Arcade Fire is a walk (or run) through a carnival funhouse of pop music. The vocals chase down the neuroses stalking Talking Heads’ David Byrne, while the music flirts with roller-rink keyboards and the anthemic echo canyons of ‘80s U2. Yet, for all the traceable influences, there’s a defiant, solitary sound unearthed in the uneasy joy of “Old Flame” and the discordant X-like harmonies of “I’m Sleeping In a Submarine.” Hints of Prefab Sprout at their most spirited channels through the six-minute accordion-accompanied “No Cars Go” where the male-female vocal face-off comes to a convincing head. “The Woodlands National Anthem” chirps like a river nymph leading a frat party. “My Heart Is An Apple” is what happens when Neil Young is confused with David Byrne, things drift to the bottom and build their way back to the surface. 

Customer Reviews

love it.

i spent twelve dollars on this about three months ago. and i swear even though it was only seven songs it was worth every penny. if you just want to buy one song i'd recommend woodlands national anthem or vampire forest fire. the arcade fire is one of my favorite bands, and i hope to see more from them soon.

Arcade Fire at its Best.

Arcade Fire EP is Arcade Fire's best album- yes, better than Funeral. There is about one song on here that deserves less than 5 satrs- My Heart is an Apple. Old Flame is the perfect way to begin an album. Its one of the best songs on the album, and it sets the mood/ tone for the rest of the album. I'm Sleeping in a Submarine is a beautiful interlude-type song that "calms" you down after Old Flame. It displays a second side to Arcade Fire that we dont see so much, and that is their muffled and soft, yet fast side. it has a gripping bass line and beautiful piano riffs. No Cars go appears on Neon Bible as well, but a different version of it. I personally preffer the EP version. its more "raw" and i dont know how to explain it better but you'll understand when you hear it. The Woodlands National Anthem has Regine on main vocals. she is an excellent singer and it is beyond me why she dosnt do main on more songs. its a very fun song and you cant help but tap your foot. My Heart is an Apple is a slow song. It is my personal least- favorite Arcade Fire song. Headlights look like Diamonds is great, but the most overrated song on this album. it is very catchy and features some great riffs. VAMPIRE FOREST FIRE!!! An amazing, amzing song. this is Arcade Fire's best. The first four minutes are slow, but catchy and sing along-able. to me, they are necessary to set up the last three minutes. The final three minutes picks up a simple riff and goes crazy with it. at the climax of the song, there is a beautifal vocal section against the riff: Find a house you don’t have to rebuild Stone by stone, brick by brick, nail by nail my father never meant to leave me this Let this love last I drive too fast Said I’d return if I’d ever cared But there’s no interstate I find to take me there And the song explodes after this. The first time i heard it, it made me cry. this song is what Arcade Fire is all about. In seven songs this album SURPASSES Funeral, an extremely difficult album to surpass. I highly recommend it, because after all, this is true Arcade Fire, much more so than Neon Bible.

It's About Time!

Any Arcade Fire fan must buy this album! I obviously like it a rather large amount due to the fact that my username (Us Kids Know) comes from "No Cars Go" which is, by the way, an incredible song. Some of the tracks (My Heart Is an Apple and Vampire/Forest Fire) have a recorded-on-a-soundstage feel to them, but it still doesn't get in the way of the fact that this band has a chronic inablility to write bad songs. I think you get by now that no number of superlatives can describe the gems on this EP.


Formed: June, 2003 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A combination of indie rock muscle and theatrical, unapologetic bombast turned Arcade Fire into indie royalty in the early 2000s. Originally comprised of Régine Chassagne, Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and brothers William and Win Butler, the group formed during the summer of 2003, after Win spotted Chassagne singing jazz standards at a Montreal art exhibit. The grandson of famed swing-era bandleader Alvino Rey, Win was quickly charmed by Chassagne's performance, leading the two to launch a songwriting...
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