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There's a reason some of this stuff's not on the album.,
This review is from: Arcade Fire (Audio CD)
The Arcade Fire are attracting the kind of Furiously devoted fans that pretty much guarantee cult status from the get go, on the strength of 2004's 'Funeral' they deserve it. Goood for them. And it was a good idea to make this earlier material more readily available as the Album clearly isn't enough.
The Arcade Fire EP is a little rougher around the edges than last year's debut but the quality of the songwriting is almost as good. No Car's go in particular would be worthy of inclusion on most new Band's debuts and it's by far the most interesting. The Woodlands National Anthem, while a little one dimentional, is also intriguing in it's production. Tinny guitars are low in the mix while shambolic drums and screatchy vocals are pushed to the forefront. It certainly sounds unlike any other band around now.
It's the vocals and the lyrics however, where EP shows cracks. The vocal splits and inflections that were so charming at first on 'Funeral' are totally overblown here. While it may constitute emotion to some, it quickly becomes irritating and gimmicky. Especially on the rather poor Bjork impression that is 'I'm Sleeping in a Submarine'. It's a good job both Win Butler and Régine Chassagne's vocal ticks had been reigned in for the full album since they both have interesting voices, EP shows them coming to terms with them.
Lyrics too can seem a bit Naive from time to time but that's no real obstacle to your enjoyment of EP. The truth is, while it may be interesting at first most of The Arcade Fire EP's tracks lack the emotional punch and excitement of 'Funeral.
Still worth a look if you're a fan but if you're looking for a starting point the full album's a much better bet.