Galaxie 500 - On Fire
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1989 Ratings: #8 / 135
User Score
Based on 253 ratings
1989 Ratings: #11
Liked by 7 people
September 1, 1989 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rough Trade / Label
Slowcore, Dream Pop / Genres
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I have nothing against slowcore but calling this "slowcore" is just an excuse to avoid saying it's boring dream pop
Easily one of the best and most influential shoegaze albums of all time. There are lots more layers on this record than any of their other efforts and can take more than just a few listens to really grasp what you’re hearing. On Fire takes some time to grow on the listener but when it does it will most definitely prove itself ten times over. A undisputed masterpiece.
I would like to have a friend who loves this kind of music and with whom I could listen to Galaxie 500 in summer evenings looking at the stars and feeling carefree, still so young.

Unfortunately, none of my friends know about existence of this kind of music, they don't even know what Radiohead is and so on. Well, i can always dream.
on fire by galaxie 500 is one of the most highly acclaimed slowcore and dream-pop records of all time, boasting a smooth, reverb-heavy and melancholic atmosphere that creates an incredible sense of tranquility that's unmatched, an album that has boosted it's way unto one of my favorite albums of all time.

galaxie 500 sadly had a short span of a career time, only releasing 3 albums before their record label went bankrupt, and with that loss came the devastation and breakup of the band, they ... read more
A really nice and relaxing record

It's a perfect album to play in the background while studying or when you're on the go. The flow is great, the songs open up nicely and the guitar solo's feel like honey. I would describe it best as a sweet sunday afternoon record.

My main problem is that a lot of songs sound the same, and it's pretty forgettable for the most part. But tracks like Blue Thunder and Decomposing Trees really surprised me, and they keep making me come back to this album. ... read more
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Track List

  1. Blue Thunder
  2. Tell Me
  3. Snowstorm
  4. Strange
  5. When Will You Come Home
  6. Decomposing Trees
  7. Another Day
  8. Leave the Planet
  9. Plastic Bird
  10. Isn't It a Pity
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Added on: April 8, 2013