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  • Audio CD (January 18, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: January 18, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Up Records
  • ASIN: B00003A9E2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Never Ending Math Equation
2. Interstate 8
3. Broke
4. Medication
5. Workin' On Leavin' The Livin'
6. All Nite Diner
7. Baby Blue Sedan
8. A Life Of Artic Sounds
9. Sleepwalkin'
10. Grey Ice Water
11. Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In (Positive Negative)
12. Other People's Lives

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Loneliness, boredom, and random observations have been at the heart of Modest Mouse's skewered musical universe through all their releases. The Issaquah, Washington-born trio has also been able to spin very-long-playing albums that catered to the group's core obsessions, with both its full-length Up Records releases--This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West clocking in at more than 70 minutes in length. So it's refreshing to hear this supremely odd rock band at its most economical. Building Nothing Out of Something catches singles, compilation tunes, and more--none of which were ever intended to be sequenced as an album. As a narrative whole, the singles take on a visionary quality, discerning worldly, bent revelations in the everyday world. The swervy vocals that Isaac Brock has made his trademark sound as languidly distressed as ever, stricken by marvel and ghastly awakenings in equal measures. The music serves Brock well, sounding wobbly and sturdy at once, as if it barely teeters on chaos's brink at a variety of mostly midtempo paces. "Never Ending Math Equation," "A Life of Arctic Sounds," and "Other People's Lives" play the most stoutly, with the tonally clean guitars breaking across all the angular phrasings and rhythms Modest Mouse thrive on while Brock's voice goes from warpy drollery to exasperated wail in the face of his task as a singer and writer. --Andrew Bartlett

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If you like unique music, buy this album.
Kazwailah
This CD actually blows my mind everytime I listen to it.
Jen
This in my opinion, is Modest Mouse's best album.
mr. 5

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a combination of 3 songs from the wonderful (and out of print unfortunately) "Interstate 8" EP, other tracks also from the "Never Ending Math Eq." single, the "Life of Arctic Sounds" single, the "Broke" 7-inch (not a new song as the previous reviewer mistakenly thought) and the "Other People's Lives" 7-inch. Hardcore fans will recognize Grey Ice Water and Broke from MM's live set and numerous bootlegs of demos and live shows. Grey Ice Water is probably IMHO the strongest track, but the whole thing is great, and it's good to finally have it all on one disc, with good sound. It's good enough to tide you over until the new CD comes out, which is supposed to be this spring(I already have most of the songs, believe me, it's worth the wait).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul H. on September 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you still don't think that Modest Mouse is one of the best "indie" bands in existence, then Building Nothing Out Of Something should convert you. A surprisingly cohesive collection of 7"'s, compilation tracks, and the like, this album showcases Isacc and co. at their most vunerable and beautiful. "Interstate 8" contains beautiful interplay between Isacc Brock's and Nicole Johnson's vocals, "Baby Blue Sedan" is an incredibly moving track that should have been included on The Lonesome Crowded West, and "A Life Of Artic Sounds" is all frustration. The highlight for me, however, is the surreal and beautiful "Workin' On Leavin' The Livin'," a sort-of cover of Eraserhead's "Lady In The Radiator Song." Every Modest Mouse fans needs to hear this song; it's truly incredible. Anyway, even though this a compilation of MM work, it would serve as a great introduction to the band. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kazwailah on June 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
My introduction to modest mouse was the deliciously strange EP, "Everywhere and his Nasty Parlour tricks" which I took a while to warm up to. I can't help but thinking that if "Building Nothing out of Something" had been my introduction to Modest Mouse I would have caught on to the true depth of their musicianship much quicker. Every Modest Mouse release, especially the new one, gets High marks in my book, but this is the one that I never get sick of and never skip a track on. If you like unique music, buy this album. If you just heard "Float On" and you're curious about what Modest Mouse has to offer, buy this album. It's definately a worth while purchase.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joahua P. Kesterson on March 15, 2000
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Modest Mouse is far and away the freshest and most innovative band making music today. This album contains introspective lyrics on top of aggressive music in perfect combination. This band is talented beyond their years and will soon revolutionize the rock scene as we know it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt on December 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
These days everyone seems to be desperate with giving every shred of innovative music a name. This and that is punk and not punk. so and so is indie but wait oh no this indie Rock. Metal is dead but Alternative metal lives on. this band is ambient but this one is industrial. please. truly mindful listeners know that names like these are just labels, id tags used by "Rock Journalists" to pigeonhole everything into nice little scenes. dammit people it's music. it's freakin' rock and roll! Anyway, a band like modest mouse obviously must somewhat feel this kind of sentiment.using evrything from electronic samples to punk riffs to classic rock note patterns, they are beyond the names that make up their sound. in my book they fit into one category and one alone: they are one of the greatest and most sorely underrated bands of the last 20 years. period.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa L Loadholt on September 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
like jeff-heath (whose review appears below), i saw modest mouse at the cat's cradle in chapel hill/carrsboro, nc. they took me away from that little club in a strip mall in--as far as i was concerned--the middle-of-nowhere, north carolina and introduced me to a world of feedback-laden sonic resonance replete with startling outbursts of lyrics presented in torrents of tormented yelps.
they played four songs from "building something...", a cd which includes many of my favorite mm songs. when they played "interstate 8" halfway through, i figured i could leave the club and live a sated life or die a happy death for having heard it live.
but i'm writing from the perspective of a kill-for-their-honor fan. for those who don't know...
this cd would be a great starting point. i don't know where all these songs were culled from, but they did a fantastic job. this compilation is variously viewed as "greatest hits", "also rans", "hey, these are good too". whatever. in short, it's a great introduction to the skewed, raw world of mm. while some people "get it" immediately, for others it may take awhile to fold into the sometimes obtuse ("baby blue sedan") and sometimes hard reality ("grey ice water") of isaac brock's lyrics. the band's music is another thing altogether, what with guitar work that slaps you into listening if your mind wanders and the extraordinary drumming of jeremiah green.
modest mouse is an often overlooked aural treat. while i enjoy that fact, i'm sure the boys in the band would appreciate more ears. and they surely deserve it.
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