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Good News For People Who Love Bad News
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If Jame Gumb, the serial killer from Silence of the Lambs, and Tom Waits were somehow able to produce a child together, the result could very well be Isaac Brock, the hysterical frontman of Modest Mouse.

I am a longtime fan of indie and alternative rock, but when I bought this CD I was only marginally knowledgable of Modest Mouse's oeuvre, except for their past winner I Came as a Rat. Like a junior high poseur-geek, I bought this album (as I'm sure a lot of people did) on the strength of their sublime, if slightly overplayed, debut single Float On. While Float On manages to stay interesting, fresh, AND hypnotically catchy, to sum things up here, it's the only shining star on an album of duds. The pluckish, amusing Bukowski and the more subdued Blame it on the Tetons are not bad, but the rest of the tracks are aggressively bad.

Here is a single-album answer as to why online p2p music downloading has become such a cultural obsession.

Perhaps Modest Mouse, by releasing an accessible single, feared the Selling Out stigma so bad, that they made sure the rest of their record would be as unpleasant, brash, and a-tonal as humanly possible. With that, they succeeded. Peppered with elements of country twang, shrieking rock, and a bit of swing, the album completely misses the mark on every musical category one could seek to find here.

Brock seems to think he's Black Francis transported to the early days of the Pixies; he imagines himself surrounded by ethereal, angry melodies and cleverly obtuse lyrics. The reality, however, is a lot more painful to bear.

No amount of music-biz hype will ever make me believe this is a good record. But what do they care, anyway? They already tricked me into buying their CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2011
Good, but a more dissipated offering. Lacks some of the earlier savant brilliance, being a fan of older albums. And the political comments sound almost greenday esque, sorry.
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on August 26, 2014
I love this album and it would have been great, but The LP I received was badly warped. This causes the record to skip and have pitch changes when played. I will change the review if I can get this issue resolved.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2004
O.K., so everyone told me to buy this and listen to it...which I did, several times on several transcontinental flights-force fed myself this disc like it was musical cod-liver oil. I'm a sucker for the "You've GOT to hear this band" mentality. I just don't get it - I find scant little that's even remotely listenable (from someone who really likes the releases from The Shins, Broken Social Scene and Elbow, not to mention Sigur Ros) but this is pretty crappy even on a sunny day with your best gal at your side. Unless you hear something/know something I don't, hold on to your cash or hope your CD shop doesn't take VISA or something. Fool me once shame on you....
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Don't even know how to review this album, there's really nothing I like about it. "Moon & Antarctica" was my favorite Modest Mouse, this is far and away my least. As others have said: no it doesn't sound like MM, yes it sounds like bad Tom Waits or worse, yes it's overproduced & under-thought-out. MM was one of the very last bands I was still excited about, but had I heard this album before I bought it, I never would have bought it. So if you're actually reading this review trying to decide if you should get the album or not, I would strongly encourage you to at least borrow somebody else's copy 1st. Maybe you'll be into it, and you can ignore this and the other negative reviews, but for those (like me) who are dreadfully disappointed with the disc, I think it would have been nice to have had some warning. If I'd never heard MM before and I put this disc on, I honsestly would have turned it off by the 4th song.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2012
With all the hype, mostly positive, about this band, I was really looking forward to hearing this album. Bought it, played it a few times and was puzzled. What's the appeal? Where are the good songs? Played it a few more times. Still not clicking. After a dozen listens I realized that this music was never going to impress me no matter how many times I played it. It didn't move me, or rock my soul, or do anything that would merit me keeping it. Not awful, but just nothing special in my musical world. Next, please.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2004
Modest Mouse "was" good for reasons this CD isn't.
Older albums are eclectic, charged, experimental and often times a hard earned and acquired love. It was music heaven. Their previous works are extraordinarily original. Now, is making an album that is easier to sell evil? Probably not, but that doesn't mean that fans have to like it. Buyers that pick up this album as thier first MM offering simply won't know the band like many of us used to. New fans are going to like this album because it's good. Old fans aren't going to like this album because it's not groundbreaking... like we are used to. This new album is poppier, flowing, and easy on the ears. In other words, it's nice. Nice? To describe a MM album? gack!
For the first time listening to an MM album, I had a hard time knowing when one song ended and another began. This is an absolute first for MM in my opinion. Losing Jeremiah Green, one of the greatest indie drummers I have ever heard, was a stab in the heart. As one reviewer put it, "The jabbing guitars and insistent drumming of early Modest Mouse are ostensibly absent". I couldn't agree more.
As other older fans have said, this album is still on my playlist, it's just certainly not on the top of the MM collection. That is for certain. They'll sell more CD's, but for all the wrong reasons. Their older albums should have sold millions, but such is the music industry way. "We can't put those songs in commercials or play them on the radio". As most music lovers know, over produced 3.5 to 4 minutes songs are easiser to market. Enter: Good News for People Who Love Bad News.
It's a good album, just not genius like many MM fans are used to. Enter relativity. Those that literally fell in love with MM and made them the find of a lifetime will be dissapointed, hurt, mad... as if losing a loved one. Those that pick up this album because it sounded good on the radio, and is their first MM experience, they will love it because it's is "good" relative to everything else on the radio and easily available for purchase. *Ahem*
Gone are the long and strangely genius tracks, the spastic and equally genius drums (Jeramiah's energy is sorely missing on this album), the unbelievably haunting guitar spots that on other albums could be as long as the totality of many of these new tracks. This album has been overproduced, from a MM fan's point of view. Everything is relative. If you listen to commercial radio, this will be an eye opener and "seem" like a great album. Trust me, relative to MM's previous work, it is not. Buy Moon & Antarctica and Lonesome Crowded West, then buy the rest but leave this one with your music starved commercial radio listening friend. He will enjoy it greatly. Then, introducing them to the genius of their previous albums will be an easier, and far more enjoyable ride.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2004
Is this the sort of music that goes great with a few beers and a BBQ with friends as one REALLY "motivated" reviewer suggested below? Perhaps. But between the self-pitying, whiney lyrics and the music that is more of a din than something you could dine to... this CD really struck out.
If you are a MM fan, I'd borrow before buying on this one. If you are new to the Mouse, and don't particularly care for whiney lyrics and a CD that is more disjointed than usual... use the "similar artists" feature to find alternatives. Then decide. My guess is you will see through what the radio has done for these guys per their single, and will get something that is good through most of the CD. Either way, you will have a bit more info before you spend your money.
Word to the wise: This site has quite a fanboy effect going on. So I'd be sceptical of the many "positive" reviews. Compare before you buy, but don't go by the reviews (pro or con) alone.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2004
Modest Mouse's movement toward a more Flaming Lips-like sound unfortunately doesn't pay off here. While the first few songs work well and seem to suggest that the band has managed to create a more melodic, trippy sound, the rest of the album is a real letdown. It's indulgent, and you're not sure if it's becuase the band is trying the old "this is meant to be unlikeable and it's your fault for wanting it to be likeable" or if it's becuase they simply didn't have enough good songs to fill a cd.
Definitely one of their weaker efforts, but perhaps a transitional album that will lead to something greater next time.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2004
Modest Mouse is one of my all time favorite bands. It was Isaac's raw sound on earlier albums like Lonesome Crowded West and Sad Sappy Sucker that made the band unique and to me and pulsating with energy. Yes, this album is polished, but it is also watered down and much more boring compared to their older, jagged melodies that were throbbing with pain and electric. One would hope that when a band makes it big they're not selling out, but I feel like Modest Mouse just got dumb with their melodies. I for one shed a tear :(
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