Arcade Fire
Great American Music Hall
January 13, 2005

Review by Jake Thomas

Holy shit, is it possible that this show was just as good as the first time I saw them at Bottom of the Hill just a month ago? This evening was the second of a three night stint…going from playing the Bottom to three nearly instantly sold out shows is a pretty impressive feat. I don’t know what it was – better sound, less stiflingly crowded, addition of an extra violinist, or that I was watching it with good friends – but they certainly bettered themselves this time around, and I didn’t even think it was possible. The set was somewhat the same – lots of songs from the album, a Talking Heads cover, a couple of older songs…the only real striking difference was an additional new song, and a good one at that. The double encore was a bit much for such a young band, but I’ll let it slide (not a big fan of encores as a concept, but that’s a debate for another time). There were a ton of cameramen swarming the band and surroundings, so me thinks there must be a live DVD in the works. Keep your eyes peeled for my breakthrough role of “doofus #12”.

Read our previous Arcade Fire experience:
Photos & Review: December 8, 2004 @ Bottom of the Hill