The Moon & Antarctica [Explicit]
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The Moon & Antarctica [Explicit]

March 9, 2004

  Song Title
3rd Planet (Album Version) [Explicit]
Gravity Rides Everything (Album Version)
Dark Center Of The Universe (Album Version) [Explicit]
Perfect Disguise (Album Version)
Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes (Album Version)
A Different City (Album Version)
The Cold Part (Album Version)
Alone Down There (Album Version)
The Stars Are Projectors (Album Version)
Wild Packs Of Family Dogs (Album Version)
Paper Thin Walls (Album Version)
I Came As A Rat (Album Version)
Lives (Album Version)
Life Like Weeds (Album Version)
What People Are Made Of (Album Version)
3rd Planet (BBC Radio 1 Session Radio Edit) [Explicit]
Perfect Disguise (BBC Radio 1 Session Version)
Custom Concern (Instrumental BBC Radio 1 Session Version)
Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes (BBC Radio 1 Session Version)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 1:11:41
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00138EW16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,288 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The year two-thousand reminds me a lot of 1990. Various dance pop groups and a style of mainstream that has completely stangnated. Most of my interest with rock music has been waiting for the next Radiohead album. In spite of this I try to keeb tabs on the "indie-rock" culture, and pick up an occassional album I really enjoy. After seeing a couple of really favorable reviews of The Moon and Anarctica I decided to pick it up when released. My first impression was that it was very good but now it has become one of very few rock albums in the past five years which have earned near non-stop rotation in my CD player.
Modest Mouse is one of a very selective group to successfully blend all of the streams for rock's leanings into post-modernism. Basically its clear to that this album stems from the indie scene but has grown to be a bit more well-rounded. There's a lot of Pixies pop-punk present but also a lot of Radiohead or Pink Floyd spaciness. A lot of the lyrics (which are brilliantly nonsensical) even have some kind of space theme going. Producer Brian Deck has done a magnificent job giving the songs an extremely detailed and dense sound while retaining the raw, bleeding, amateurish sound of the band.
In the end what makes the album is a strong group of diverse sounding songs that are seamlessly brought together for a nice cohesive listen. Many of the songs feature delicate echoey guitar lines, while others are impressively visceral punk outings. Thrown in occassionally are odd supporting instruments like banjo or violin. The songs are complicated enough to take a bit of getting used to but hold on up for obsessive listening. Modest Mouse are all still in their early to mid-twenties and have substantial room to polish and complete their sound.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes some time to work its magic December 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD a few months ago on a whim, just to find out what the buzz was about. I figured that a CD with almost twenty tracks on it had to have something I would like somewhere in there. And as it turns out, I was right.

There is a lot that makes Modest Mouse unusual, from this newbie's perspective. Isaac Brock's voice takes some getting used to, for one thing. He sounds damaged, vulnerable, innocent, almost childlike sometimes, and although you wouldn't think those qualities would add up to a good singer, his style really works when the music and lyrics are right.

"3rd Planet," the album's opener, is one of the songs I liked immediately. It's self-effacing, introspective, reflective, and maybe just a little sad. As far as I can tell from the lyrics, "3rd Planet" is about a couple who chooses to have an abortion. Not a pretty subject, but we don't just listen to music to feel good. "Gravity Rides Everything" works well too, feeling like the theme song for an extended, weary road trip.

Another moody track is "The Cold Part." Violins, acoustic guitar, and a loping drumbeat serve as the backdrop to a failing relationship. Initially this song seems almost comical in its gloom, but there is a thoughtful sincerity to it, completely devoid of irony, that makes you reconsider. "The Stars Are Projectors" alternates between loud and soft sequences with more or less the same underlying sentiment of solitude and loss.

There are some moments on The Moon and Antarctica that fall a bit flat, or are just too languid for their own good, but for the most part the album has a cohesive, mournful feel to it that really "works" and makes Modest Mouse distinctive.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you own it already, you're not missing out. May 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First of all, to the major-label-cynical idiots, this album was originally released on Epic to begin with. The label it is on has nothing to do with the content, and the fact that this is their fourth proper album and an appropriate step in their evolution is the more important consideration to make. Moving on.
This album is absolutely transcendent. I listened to it when I first bought it about two years ago and had my likes and dislikes, but upon maybe my thirtieth or fortieth listen, the significance and meanings hit me.
Each song on this album is a piece of a greater puzzle. Sure, if someone tells you to buy this album and you go and download "The Cold Part" and "What People Are Made Of," you're not going to be thrown back in your seat. This is an album in the truest sense of the world, not a collection of radio-ready songs, and the imagery from the production and the sequencing on the album is truly amazing.
Is the re-release necessary? Very debatable, but I feel it isn't. The album's emotional and appropriate end is definitely at its original point, after "What People Are Made Of," and not after a retread of "Tiny Cities."
If you don't already own this album, do not hesitate to buy it, it is an album that fans of any type of rock music will appreciate and love, not just indie fans. If you already own this album, look at your wallet and see if you can justify $15 for average re-treads of songs you already know and love. Five stars for the original album, minus one for the value/necessity quotient.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars What i wanted but..
My husband asked me to order this album and it was exactly what he wanted and shipped quickly. As soon as we got it we opened it and put in to play & we were disappointed to find... Read more
Published 26 days ago by AOShea
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with product!
I received it promptly in perfect condition. I would recommend this to family members and friends. I'm very happy with it!
Published 3 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars i was scared to buy but..
perfect! great album! i've been a long time Modest Mouse fan and this it a great record . honestly i love it
Published 5 months ago by calryon Gireach
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic!!
I got this album as a gift. My friend loved it and loves Modest Mouse. It was shipped quickly & I had no issues. It's also an awesome album. Highly Suggested.
Published 6 months ago by Gabriel Hatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
One of the best albums from the band. Simply amazing music. Wild pack of family dogs has to be one of my favorite songs on the album, along with Life Like Weeds.
Published 8 months ago by Nikjt64
5.0 out of 5 stars Will go down in history as one of the greatest rock records of all...
Enough has been said about the majesty that is The Moon & Antarctica; I shouldn't even have to go into it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by wiggibow
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected!!
Awesome album, anyone that likes this type of music will like it. If you're a fan, you are going to love it!!
Published 10 months ago by Aaron J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
This is one of the few albums I can listen to from beginning to end without wanting to skip a track. There are ups and downs but this is a must have and one of Modest Mouse's best.
Published 10 months ago by Francis X
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever
This is the best Modest Mouse CD in my opinion. Great Tunes, love it. All Modest Mouse is great though.
Published 11 months ago by Scott Roskilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favorite Modest Mouse album.
I'd consider the Moon and Antarctica to be my favorite Modest Mouse album, so many great songs. Includes "I came as a Rat".
Published 13 months ago by Adam Wagner
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