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Good News For People Who Love Bad News

Modest MouseAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (624 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic / Sony
  • ASIN: B0001M7P78
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (624 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment Modest Mouse started sounding like a real band. For the longest time, singer-songwriter Isaac Brock seemed to exist solely to defy the established rules, forging forward on sheer momentum and ingenuity. Even Pavement looked relatively ordinary in comparison to the band's early releases like 1996's This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and 1997's The Lonesome Crowded West. But on Good News for People Who Love Bad News, the frontman sounds like he's finally touching the earth, and the band--minus founding member and drummer Jeremiah Green--follows suit. A relaxed mood prevails, not so much in volume but in attitude. On the follow-up to the group's 2000 major label debut, The Moon & Antarctica, big sloppy melodies battle it out with brass on punky epics like "Float On" and "The Ocean Breathes Salty." The lyrics are simpler, the arrangements tamer, but the vitality remains. The prevailing mood is that Modest Mouse has pulled off something extraordinary here: a well-rounded, lovable record that doesn't sound anything like David Gray. --Aidin Vaziri

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It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment Modest Mouse started sounding like a real band. For the longest time, singer-songwriter Isaac Brock seemed to exist solely to defy the established rules, forging forward on sheer momentum and ingenuity. Even Pavement looked relatively ordinary in comparison to the band's early releases like 1996's This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and 1997's The Lonesome Crowded West. But on Good News for People Who Love Bad News, the frontman sounds like he's finally touching the earth, and the band--minus founding member and drummer Jeremiah Green--follows suit. A relaxed mood prevails, not so much in volume but in attitude. On the follow-up to the group's 2000 major label debut, The Moon & Antarctica, big sloppy melodies battle it out with brass on punky epics like "Float On" and "The Ocean Breathes Salty." The lyrics are simpler, the arrangements tamer, but the vitality remains. The prevailing mood is that Modest Mouse has pulled off something extraordinary here: a well-rounded, lovable record that doesn't sound anything like David Gray.

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86 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the truly great albums of 2004 October 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the more remarkable albums that I have heard in the past couple of years. I previously had really loved THE MOON AND ANARCTICA, and though I might still have a slight preference for that album, GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS clearly establish Modest Mouse as one of the best and certainly one of the most unique bands working in music today. Modest Mouse is one of those bands you know has to be comprised by a bunch of indiscriminate music fans. Hints of an astonishing range of musical artists seem to peek out from behind their various songs. I'm constantly being reminded by bits of their songs of artists as diverse as the Pixies, Talking Heads, Radiohead, Tom Waits, Pere Ubu, Yo La Tenga, Sam Phillips, and Built to Spill, as wall as a host of eighties New Wave bands. They have obviously internalized a lot of music and are capable of drawing from those resources as needed to create some grippingly exciting new songs. Sometimes the results would be jarring if they were so amazingly successful. For instance, how many bands manage to include a synthesizer and a banjo on the same song? They are constantly bringing in unexpected instruments or sounds that are not common to rock. I should also add that while a Pacific Northwest band, they really don't sound like a product of that region. The Seattle and Portland bands, for instance, do not seem to have exerted an especially large influence.

Being eclectic is not a guarantee of being especially good. In fact, it could lead to a dissipation of creative energies into such a variety of directions that a band could lack any musical focus whatsoever. Luckily, Modest Mouse manages to be amazingly musical while crafting startling songs.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Long Years, Another Classic May 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit it, I was a latecomer to Modest Mouse. My first introduction to Issac Brock's genius was their classic, "The Moon and Antartica", and it changed how I though of music. It's the type of album that has the power to do that sort of thing.
Four long year later, and Modest Mouse is back with a long awaited follow up. They came out with the EP " Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks" and the singles collection "Sad Sappy Sucker" in 2001, but neither of those discs lived up to albums like "The Moon and Antartica" and "The Lonesome Crowded West". So, in the first half of this decade, it was easy to forget about what a great band Modest Mouse really are. Now, they've finally released a new album, and it serves as a great reminder of how talented Issac Brock is.
"Good News for People Who Love Bad News" starts off in fine form. After a short 'Horn Intro', it moves on to the excellent 'The World at Large', with it's catch "Ba-ba-ba's, and a nice little guitar riff, the kind that Modest Mouse do best. Next is the obvious single, 'Float On'. It's far more poppy than anything they've done in the past, but in this case change is a good thing. It's one of my all time favorites. After that is the second single, 'Ocean Breathes Salty', this is currently my favorite song on the album, with it's blissful, organ driven chorus.
The first section of the album ends with the pointless, twelve second, 'Dig Your Grave'. But the next section starts out as strong as the first on, with a traditional, Modest Mouse rocker, 'Bury Me With It'. Then there's a Tom Waits inspired three song set.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good album reviewer from a not so indie reviewer June 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sorry to say that I, unlike every other reviewer on this website, had never heard of modest mouse before their radio single "float on". I guess I am just not as cool as you guys and not on top of the music scene. Ah well. I loved the attitude and sheer catchiness of "float on" so I bought the album, and I don't regret it. The rest of the album is great as well. I especially like "The Devil's Workday", and "Bukowski". The only song that I really didn't enjoy very much "Bury Me With It"; The song was interesting the first time I heard it, but I find myself skipping that track now, because the discordant chorus is a little too much for me. Overall I love the album though. The attitude, inteligent lyrics and sheer differentness of this music to what else is out there at the moment make Modest Mouse's "Good News For People Who Love Bad News" extremely listenable. I guess I have several more Modest Mouse albums to check out that those in the know say is even better than this one. The expectations are high.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this CD now ... June 28, 2004
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All these "indier than thou" reviews are hilarious. I especially enjoy the ones who suggest you check out other bands who haven't sold out ... like The Vines or The Strokes. Um, yeah, what?
I also love the reviews saying people listening to this album want to think they're grown up, but they aren't. In other words, that reviewer *is* grown up and wants you all to know.
Then people name-check Avril and Britney for some reason. So many people seem far more concerned with hating certain types of music than loving whatever type they claim to enjoy. You're the people who have ruined indie record stores: Sitting back there sneering at anyone stupid enough to actually buy a CD from their store. No wonder so many people shop at giant evil corporations -- at least they don't have to put up with music-hating, resentful, bitter hacks like you complaining about every band who moves more than 10k units.
MM sold out?!?!? Yeah, they went gold, wow, they're a veritable Evanescence.
Anyway, posing aside, if you're a music fan then you listen to anything that's good regardless of image or "selling out" or any of that "scene" garbage.
This is a fantastic, wonderfully melodic album.
If RIYL's help you, then maybe Weezer, Badly Drawn Boy: Fed The Fish?, Fountains of Wayne: Welcome, Interstate Managers. In fact the Fountains comparison is probably the best. Maybe MM can get a Best "New" Band nomination from those idiots at the Grammys as well.
If you somehow resent bands being able to make money off their art then don't bother. Just hole yourself in some pretentious dive coffee shop with some bongos and never come out. If you're so unconcerned by what the mainstream thinks why do you insist on screaming your indie street-cred from the rooftops at the slightest opportunity?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome vinyl of an awesome album
I've always been a fan of Modest Mouse and they took excellent care in producing this album. Love the artwork!
Published 1 month ago by Mike Burroughs
4.0 out of 5 stars Newberry Comics
Get this on Green Vinyl, LTD to 1000 copies at Newberry Comics, it's worth the 5 bucks more and its collectors!
Published 2 months ago by Mitch Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to go wrong with MM
Sounds super great on vinyl, it's nice heavyweight vinyl. Not quite as cool of a cover as some others but not bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Times....
Really we heard enough of both the singles of this album.... forget those songs...

"The world at large" is a tragic lullaby about finding the reason of life and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bryan...
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great album. Got this for my boyfriend for his birthday/Christmas and he loved it. Packaging was secure and was tamper free! Overall great purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Kelcee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album that seems to be a bit darker than some previous ones
Seems different than a lot of their other stuff but it's still modest mouse and it's got a ton of great songs on it, in my opinion. Read more
Published 5 months ago by adam k phillipps
4.0 out of 5 stars love
Love Modest Mouse! Ocean Is salty has the best lyrics. Feel good album, great sings, good lyrics, you gotta love it.
Published 5 months ago by Shelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid indie
Good music nice length all doesn't really change taste though nice indie rock good length mine was used and plays weird
Published 6 months ago by emory hotchkiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought this.
Bought this on vinyl & it sounds great! I love Modest Mouse, no matter the album, but this is the one I discovered them on so I had to get it on vinyl for my collection. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jesse Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars my boyfriend likes it
i listen to it with him even when i'm fussy. makes the time go by easier. everyones and ocean drowning. sounds about right. music is tight amazon you never let me down. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sedusa85
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why is this soft crap even listed under punk rock i wish this emo trend...
16 years is a pretty precise cut-off, dude. Is Sigur Ros really 16 years old? I only ever came across one of their albums dating back maybe 5 or 6 years. I agree, emo sucks. Why is your comment connected to Modest Mouse? They aren't emo...
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