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Arcade Fire — Ocean of Noise
Album: Neon Bible
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6.7

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Total ratings: 1317









Released: 2007
Length: 4:51
Plays (last 30 days): 2
In an ocean of noise I first heard your voice
Ringing like a bell as if I had a choice, oh, well
Left in the morning while you were fast asleep
Into an ocean of violence, a world of empty streets

You've got your reasons and me, I've got mine
But all the reasons I gave were just lies to buy myself some time

In an ocean of noise I first heard your voice
Now who here among us still believes in choice? Not I
No way of knowing what any man will do
An ocean of violence between me and you

You've got your reasons and me, I've got mine
But all the reasons I gave were just lies to buy myself some time

I'm gonna work it out 'cause time won't work it out
I'm gonna work it out 'cause time won't work it out for you
I'm gonna work it out 'cause time won't work it out
I'm gonna work it out 'cause time won't work it out for you
I'm gonna work it on out
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The negative comments here are an Ocean of Noise in itself
 maboleth wrote:
Incredibly pretentious.
 
Rather like your comment. Did you just learn the word?
Incredibly pretentious.
 joelbb wrote:
Bill, this cut is just plain frickin' awful:  bad lyrics, whiny, emo vocal, pointless accompaniment, a track that's got it all ... all bad.  I find myself hoping the signer will off himself because of his rampant, self-important-puppy-dog love sickness.  Could you add a "-1" rating?
 
Yeah, and then maybe after that could you also add a "Play Someone Different" button, so people who don't like the songs could just find something they do like instead of writing obnoxious hyperbolic comments ?
 yofitofu wrote:
This band is horribly overrated.
 

Not if you think of them as a bunch of people that just came out of a fire in an arcade.
Great band to see live. One of the best shows I saw last year.
 yofitofu wrote:
This band is horribly overrated.
 
No. They are actually quite good. Try REALLY listening to their music. 
And who over-rates them anyway?
This band is horribly overrated.
I think this is a great song - (hands up /quizical face emoji-con)
Noooooooo!!!!!! Not these guys again !?!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!
My bad, I thought this was bad U2
It's just mediocre Arcade Fire
Bill, this cut is just plain frickin' awful:  bad lyrics, whiny, emo vocal, pointless accompaniment, a track that's got it all ... all bad.  I find myself hoping the signer will off himself because of his rampant, self-important-puppy-dog love sickness.  Could you add a "-1" rating?
I appreciate AF's different sound. But then, every Arcade cut is similar or identical. I can hear it's AF in the first 10 seconds of the cut. Is that good or not so? Do they ever vary? They get a bit tiresome. I've cut AF on my pod from 3 tunes to 1. Blah. 
Having lived in a border town for a while now, we have bombarded w/AF output for years now. I admit its just me but I find them totally lacking rhthym and their output redundant and inaccessible.

I avoid them with all diligence...
As much as I like their 3 albums, Arcade Fire is a band that must be seen live to be totally appreciated.  Even in a venue as large as the Greek Theater in LA, Arcade Fire made the performance feel personal and intimate.  As a musician, I was reenergized by the enthusiasm and honesty of that show.
Say them on Thursday @ the O2, fantastic. Peter
Nice song!
The money machine from Pink Floyd's "Money" on the background?
 wild_mercury wrote:
Pretentious. Sounds like Echo and the Bunnymen, but not nearly as good
 
Agreed about Echo & the Bunnymen, but AF is twice as good! {#Roflol}
I'm going to see them (and Spoon) next week {#Dancingbanana}

They've got a new CD coming out soon..something to look forward to!


This one is pure Springsteen-like classic rock.


Arcade Fire by ~cookiemoon
©2007-2010 ~cookiemoon

My press-photos of Arcade Fire live 2007


It's simply awesome.

Can't wait for the chance to see these cats live.
I have come full circle on these guys, this is good stuff. 
Pretentious. Sounds like Echo and the Bunnymen, but not nearly as good

6 —-> 5 —-> 4

Gets more annoying with each listening.


 sirdroseph wrote:
This song sucks!{#Lol}
 
Not completely. Wait. Not at all.

This song sucks!{#Lol}

What an aptly titled song.


 HazzeSwede wrote:
Watched this one on MTV HD,a live cut,very impressive !
They have a girliedrummer !  {#Drummer}
 
Probably Regine? I know she plays drums on Tunnels. I've got a five or six song mini show they did for European TV and she sat at the kit for that song. Quite a talent.


Watched this one on MTV HD,a live cut,very impressive !
They have a girliedrummer !  {#Drummer}
 MinMan wrote:
I'm sorry to say that this Arcade Fire tune just sounds lame adolescent and uninspired after that tour de force by Smashing Pumpkins.

 

I was just thinking the very same thing...really like this song and this band but when juxtaposed alongside the pumpkins, they don't stand up that well.  Still good, but so is lots of stuff...
{#Good-vibes} Good Vibes

 rtwingo wrote:
10, just like the rest of this FANTASTIC album.
 
{#Yes}

10, just like the rest of this FANTASTIC album.
I'm sorry to say that this Arcade Fire tune just sounds lame adolescent and uninspired after that tour de force by Smashing Pumpkins.

I'm surprised to see mixed reviews of this - I figure the RP crowd would dig the AF. {#Stupid} Perhaps it's this particular song selection.

Oh well. It's a 7 for me.

I thought I was listening to Bruce Springsteen on a Xanax bender.
About the third time today I've heard someone reach for a note and miss it by this >< much.

How about a little kd lang or Patsy Cline to help make up for the folks whose vocal talents lag behind their desire?
Great mix coming from Death Cab's Transatlanticism... wow... that's hard to spell, lol. Thanks Bill!!
 cosmiclint wrote:
These guys sure know how to end a song :)
 
If you mean, it's good when it's over, I'll agree. They could step it up by ending sooner; like before they start.
 Jazbo wrote:
A tad dramatic, wouldn't you say?
 

If by a tad you mean drowning in it, yes.  It reminds me of one of E. Gorey's swooning Edwardian ladies.




 cosmiclint wrote:
These guys sure know how to end a song :)
 
True, and David Caruso knows how to button a scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glvGfQnx3DI

reminds very much of 'the shoulders'...trashman shoes et al.....what became of them actually?
These guys are due for another album. Wonder what Win & the Gang are up to.
A tad dramatic, wouldn't you say?
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:

I don't even know what meretricious means.  But the other ones are dead on.  Someone else called them something like "the biggest of all of the emo whiners".  Now that may _all_ be true, but I think this is a great song and there's a couple of others from this album that are also stunning.

 
meretricious |merəˈtri sh əs|
adjective
1 apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity

like television news shows or economic reforms
maybe that's oxymoron

Seriously, I know what you are saying... there is a lot of influence from Bruce Springsteen and even from other bands mainy heard in the 80s. Did I mention that I LOVE this album?

 
kaybee wrote:
Darn... when I first heard this, I thought Bruce Springsteen had finally broken out with something as exciting as his early work!
 


I keep trying to find something to like about Arcade Fire. Still no luck. There's no there there.

 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:

I don't even know what meretricious means.  But the other ones are dead on.  Someone else called them something like "the biggest of all of the emo whiners".  Now that may _all_ be true, but I think this is a great song and there's a couple of others from this album that are also stunning.

 

"Emo and the Bunnymen" ?

 wbeaver wrote:
I sadly know little about Arcade Fire. Does anyone think their singer sounds like Ian McColloch(sp?) of Echo & the Bunymen (for those of us old enough to know Echo...)
  Wow, never realized that until I read your post but they do sound alike.  Maybe that's why they sound "familiar" to my ears ...


 Hannio wrote:


And overwrought, florid and meretricious.
 
I don't even know what meretricious means.  But the other ones are dead on.  Someone else called them something like "the biggest of all of the emo whiners".  Now that may _all_ be true, but I think this is a great song and there's a couple of others from this album that are also stunning.

I love the melodrama on this album!!!! - 9
These guys sure know how to end a song :)
 wbeaver wrote:
I sadly know little about Arcade Fire. Does anyone think their singer sounds like Ian McColloch(sp?) of Echo & the Bunymen (for those of us old enough to know Echo...)
 
Yeah, it's uncanny...

 plaid wrote:
I love this whole album.
 

Yep its great and keeps growing..(thats what she said.)

I sadly know little about Arcade Fire. Does anyone think their singer sounds like Ian McColloch(sp?) of Echo & the Bunymen (for those of us old enough to know Echo...)
I love this whole album.
Me,I like the sound from the ocean,well mixed in!

 calypsus_1 wrote:

fruit of the developed work this band reached a place above average  -    7.


 
If you don't write fortune cookies for a living, maybe you should look into it.

You have The Knack.

Darn... when I first heard this, I thought Bruce Springsteen had finally broken out with something as exciting as his early work!
 Dior wrote:

All right, I'll be more specific.  I didn't mean doped up or on speed, nor on Valium.  I meant that the sound (not somebody -wasn't clear about that) is really beefed up for such a downbeat number.  And underneath all that inflated sound (it's called Ocean of Noise...) is a perfect "Orbison" melody.

 
I definitely hear where you're coming from here. The ending bit with the drums definitely brings it home as well.


 cirruss wrote:

very dissapressing after 'Funeral'.... such high hopes.... {#Cry}
 
I thought so too at first and put the album away for a year, but after pulling it back out it's been growing on me.  I think I came in with the wrong expectations; there are some rather good songs on here.

 Hannio wrote:


Nothing about this makes me think of anybody on steroids.
 
All right, I'll be more specific.  I didn't mean doped up or on speed, nor on Valium.  I meant that the sound (not somebody -wasn't clear about that) is really beefed up for such a downbeat number.  And underneath all that inflated sound (it's called Ocean of Noise...) is a perfect "Orbison" melody.

 Dior wrote:
Believe it or not, this makes me think of Roy Orbison on steroids.  An absolute perfect little song and that mariachi stuff at the end is a real find...
 

Nothing about this makes me think of anybody on steroids.
I think this is an amazing song - wish I had the talent to write music, sing, be a professional musician, get a recording deal, blah, blah, blah. But, all I do is post on a forum..and ...listen to a great radio station

this album is a true album and judging it by one song is like saying you're dinner is shit cuz you didn't like the peas.  The true value of this song lies in the context of the album.


 mirland wrote:
I simply don't get it. Pompous and pretentious but boring.
 

And overwrought, florid and meretricious.
 tony99 wrote:
Very disappointing overall after 'Funeral'
 
very dissapressing after 'Funeral'.... such high hopes.... {#Cry}

fruit of the developed work this band reached a place above average  -    7.


Believe it or not, this makes me think of Roy Orbison on steroids.  An absolute perfect little song and that mariachi stuff at the end is a real find...
Almost a bit of Procol Harem here as well ... voice thinner than Brooker's however.
Very disappointing overall after 'Funeral'
 mirland wrote:

I simply don't get it. Pompous and pretentious but boring.

  Amen! With no singing talent to boot. Dreck.


Good song! {#Clap}
I like the begining - before it really sounds too much like Arcade Fire.
Good song.
This sounds a lot like a Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds tune. Very clear resemblance. And very nicely done.
I effing LOVE this!
out_to_lunch wrote:
echos of the Bunnymen on this one.... :D
Yeah the mood, the am..bi..ance a bit but not the vocal really...
You know how some songs send you across the room to the computer so you can see who it is and make a comment about the tune? This is one of those for me; unfortunately, the comment is "blech." The outro IS mildly interesting, but doesn't at all redeem the tuneless singing and lackluster arrangement.
I like the slightly de-tuned sound of the instruments on this one. Or is it just my imagination?
MsJudi wrote:
Meh.
seconded
out_to_lunch wrote:
echos of the Bunnymen on this one.... (psst...that was a play on words, I know the name of the band so don't bother to correct me cooler-than-thous) :D
I agree, and I liked your play on words. I didn't like this the 1st dozen times I heard it (and still don't get the huge appeal of AF), but it's growing on me.
Renzo wrote:
Kind of sounds like Mark Knopfler.
Of all the outlandish comments... surely, you jest? :eek: :lol:
echos of the Bunnymen on this one.... (psst...that was a play on words, I know the name of the band so don't bother to correct me cooler-than-thous) :D
Too bad his style is "struggling on the vocals."
DoctorHooey wrote:
Crap. I give. I'm buying this tonight.
LOL, yeah, me too. Marking it up to 10 from 9 and then heading to amazon ...
mirland wrote:
I simply don't get it. Pompous and pretentious but boring.
I totally agree.
mirland wrote:
I simply don't get it. Pompous and pretentious but boring.
I can totally respect that. To me it's all about the end, from when the drums pick up, to when it fades out to just the orchestral stuff.
I simply don't get it. Pompous and pretentious but boring.
Kind of sounds like Mark Knopfler.
Crap. I give. I'm buying this tonight.
chirpie wrote:
When 'Fire' was touring with Bruce Springsteen, Bruce had them come out and play "Keep the Car Running" a couple times with Bruce's band. So yeah, I totally hear Bruce in here. :-)
Springsteen and Win Butler were on the cover of the Dec 07 Spin magazine, and were interviewed together inside. Win discussed the Boss as an influence, along with Motown and Goodbye, Babylon, a collection of "field recordings from churches from between 1902 and 1960." Butler also talked about playing either Nebraska or Mr. State Trooper live. I think Darkness on the Edge of Town myself.
stunning...and saw the live performance...fantastic..
love every second of it.
darkhorse53 wrote:
i like this better everytime I hear it.
Same here! It's taken me a long time to warm up to these guys, but this is the song that's done it.
Ahhh, the drummer with the Borat hair style...
HonduranRed wrote:
I ask my friends and they don't hear it,.....but I totally hear good 'ol Bruce Springsteen--anyone else?
When 'Fire' was touring with Bruce Springsteen, Bruce had them come out and play "Keep the Car Running" a couple times with Bruce's band. So yeah, I totally hear Bruce in here. :-)
I ask my friends and they don't hear it,.....but I totally hear good 'ol Bruce Springsteen--anyone else?
good stuff. I plead that commercial radio doesn't steal them away from me!
i like this better everytime I hear it.
:bounce:
Meh.
A couple of weeks ago, Arcade Fire appeared on PBS's Austin City Limits. It was really a fantastic performance, consisting of songs from this album and Funeral. If you're a fan, look for it in the (inevitable) reruns.
This grew on me enough to buy the album. It's good but not great I think. Love this song though and a couple of others on there. ed: the E. Gory comparison below is funny (accurate I think) lol
djcoolhandluke wrote:
Meh. Way too overwrought for me.
Ditto. Arcade Fire reminds me of Edward Gorey cartoons of ridiculously swooning ladies.
Playing any one song off this album is a little tricky. For once a newer artist was concerned about album flow and how the songs relate to eachother. Neon Bible is a great example of this. Taken as a whole, these songs are stronger than their individual components. Kudos to 'Fire' for taking the old-school approach in a world of songs that alienate eachother on the same album. :-)
lathyris wrote:
If the rest of the songs are better than this one, then this will definitely be my next purchase!
This one is in the middle of the table in terms of quality tracks on Neon Bible. I actually like this album better than Funeral. Many of the songs start off weak, and have strong middles and ends. Give them time.
It's grown on me. A six to an eight.
Check out this great use of a different AC song: (click here)
trekhead wrote:
The more I hear these guys, the more I think Echo and The Bunnymen... Good,8
The more i hear these folks the more I think "affected rip-off". Dull 3.
Give it some "V" !
The more I hear these guys, the more I think Echo and The Bunnymen... Good,8
Martino wrote:
...mute...
ditto
galv_amiais wrote:
They have better songs than this one ... But this album is fantastic!
If the rest of the songs are better than this one, then this will definitely be my next purchase!
...mute...
They have better songs than this one ... But this album is fantastic!