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Sharpen Your Teeth

Ugly CasanovaAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA [Wea 1-Stop Account]
  • ASIN: 5553585546
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, this will be the only Ugly Cassanova album August 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The story behind Sharpen Your Teeth is quite interesting. I've heard several different versions from various reviews and fanzines, so I'm going to do my best to be accurate. Ugly Cassanova was a roadie for Modest Mouse that wrote constantly. (In fact, you would notice his name in the writing credits of the "Whenever You See Fit" single.) Little was known about his background. Occasionally, he would record demos of his songs. Eventually, he just disappeared, so MM frontman Isaac Brock got together with members of Califone and Red Red Meat to record their interpretation of Ugly's songs as a way to hopefully find out what ever happened to him.
The songs are simply gorgeous, and are best described as a cleaned up, more accessable Modest Mouse. The catchy riffs of Hotcha Girls, the twisted folk of Smoke Like Ribbons, and the sheer catchiness of Things I Don't Remember are arguably the best contributions to this stellar album.
Any Modest Mouse fan, especially those who loved Moon and Antarctica, should take special notice of this album. Also, anyone who loved Modest Mouse and Califones' take on Slayer's "South of Heaven" on the I Love Metal comp may also want to give this album a listen. (In fact, MM should look into more projects with Califone, because this album and that cover prove they make a wonderfail team.)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When I heard "Barnacles" on the radio, I have to admit that it sounded like a track that was left off of Modest Mouse's The Moon and Antartica. I bought the album, expecting more of the same, which was a mistake and a blessing. After listening to the album the first time with exulted expectations, I was disheartened and dissappointed that it did not sound much like Modest Mouse at all, save "Barnacles," the first track. But of course it doesn't, it's Ugly Cassanova, not Modest Mouse. Actually, to me, the album sounded like a perfect blend of Modest Mouse and Black Heart Percession that makes some passing allusions to Tom Waits and maybe Beatles psychodellica. What results is a deep, moody album - a whole album - that is somber but not afraid to be absurd and make you smile and sing along, melodic and almost folky until it rocks. The album tends to sound deceptively simple, but after listening to it many times, there is a lot of complexity to it (sorry that is vauge sounding, it's hard to describe). Much the same as Radiohead's Kid A was a beautiful album in it's entirety, you won't be able to destinguish just a few tracks that are better than the others - the whole album is beautiful. I strongly recomend this to anyone who is looking for something different than the main stream. It hasn't left my car cd player since I bought it 6 days ago.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brock dont make no junk..... May 29, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
if your a modest mouse fan, you probably own this album. if you dont own it, buy it. as we know, isaac brock has got a way of painting images in your brain. great melodies and greater lyrics make it hard to just listen to this album without having an experience. something about playing this album makes me feel that im right where i need to be, and makes the beer taste just a little bit better. a brilliant artist creating beautiful, creative, honest music.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lost mind man's dream August 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
i think few people know that this isnt really an modest mouse album under a sir-name. yes the lead singer from modest mouse is the person who sings the songs but they were really written by someone else but Brock did have to improvise on some the songwriting due to the fact of the fan who wrote was some what crazy... im here to show you the story be hind ugly casanova and one of modest mouse's best albums moon and antartica, here's the story...


A Story by James Stockstill

Based on nothing in particular, someone decided to tell a story. The myths seemed to become realities and the facts were deeply buried. So this might be the time to reinvest in the story an appropriate amount of truth.

It all started in a place so barren that even the newly fallen snow, so fresh and hopeful, knew to leave once it met the wind. It's where Edgar Graham was born and it's where he grew up. Since life in his home-town truly consisted only of what he made it, he would take a guitar, sit outside, and listen to himself and the moon. He did this in body or in spirit every night for ten years until, at the age of fifteen, he joined the wind and the snow and left his home.

Four years later, Edgar found himself in Laramie, Wyoming. He walked the streets of Laramie day in and day out, singing to himself those same songs with which he'd grown up. At nights he sat in the downtown clubs and listened to whoever passed through. It was on such a night that he first saw Modest Mouse, then on one of the first of their many national tours. This was in 1996, right after the Up Records release of Modest Mouse's first album: This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpen Your Tastes July 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Modest Mouse is still better to me, but there is something about this album that makes me crazy. Isaac's voice with Jenkin's is a frighteningly melodic marriage. The music sounds totally psychotic, sad, sometimes alarming. The lyrics are like no one elses and constantly surprise me. How anyone could dislike such rich, full, and innovative noises, voices, and beats is beyond me. If you were bored at an Ugly Casanova show, you just shouldn't have been there, perhaps you weren't?
One more thing, "Ice on the Sheets" is the best song I've heard in years. I urge everyone to listen to it over and over and over and over and over and over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 2 months ago by Oswaldo PEPE
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem for any Modest Mouse fan!
With albums few and far between from Modest Mouse these days it leaves the listener craving so much. Ugly Casanova can help. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alan C
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
If you like Modest Mouse then you will like this album. This band formed in 2000 to Sub Pop Records.
Published 17 months ago by Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best thing they've done
I love Modest Mouse. I have I think almost all their stuff. But this is them at their peak. Don't get me wrong I love their rocking out stuff, but this album is more laid back,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Matteo80
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
A great change of sound. Isaac Brock's lyrical originality never fails. I'd recomend it to anyone who appreciates Modest Mouse.
Published 20 months ago by joey
4.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for a friend
I ordered this album as a Christmas gift to my dear friend who is a big Modest Mouse fan. If you like Modest Mouse, you won't be disappointed!
Published 20 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD with awesome quality for being used!
I couldnt ask for more with this CD, it was nearly perfect when I received it, especially considering that I bought it used. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
It has some of the best songs I have ever heard. Incredible variety ,lyrics are awesome.Every song is worth hearing."The paristies are excited when you're dead"great line. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Kirk Alan Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Play it Loud
I tried the samples and was un-convinved, even skeptical. Modest Mouse is my favorite band. I discovered them when they were nobodies, preciously weird nobodies. Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by A. D. hodgson
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like The Moon and Antarctica
From what I've read this recording was made at the same time as Modest Mouses' The Moon and Antarctica with some different musicians and Issac Brock. Read more
Published on January 23, 2011 by not you
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