7 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Already embodying the band’s penchant for jangly pop (“Old Flame”) and hard-hitting emotional drama (“No Cars Go”), Arcade Fire’s first release pointed clearly to their skyward trajectory right around the corner. The art-rock intuition of “I’m Sleeping in a Submarine” showed a group of rock musicians who were already composing complex and sensuous tracks, while the anthemic guitar and basslines of “Headlights Look Like Diamonds” ached for stadiums to be played in.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Already embodying the band’s penchant for jangly pop (“Old Flame”) and hard-hitting emotional drama (“No Cars Go”), Arcade Fire’s first release pointed clearly to their skyward trajectory right around the corner. The art-rock intuition of “I’m Sleeping in a Submarine” showed a group of rock musicians who were already composing complex and sensuous tracks, while the anthemic guitar and basslines of “Headlights Look Like Diamonds” ached for stadiums to be played in.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
126 Ratings

126 Ratings

mystery hours ,

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.

nickname2684048 ,

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.



Us Kids Know ,

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.

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