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We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank [Explicit]
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We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank is a new chapter in Modest Mouse's career with the new infusion of Johnny Marr and the extra percussion muscle brought by Plummer and Peloso. The new album features several songs that the band played live during their 2-week-long sold-out runs in LA and NY, including the instant radio hit ''Dashboard.''
Their last album may have given them a certifiable radio hit, airtime on VH1, and a Kidz Bop tribute, but listening to the follow-up to 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News, you might get the sense that the members of Modest Mouse are flinching at the spotlight. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, the group's fifth full-length release, is denser than its predecessor with tunes that seem willfully harder to penetrate. Even the addition of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to the line-up seems incidental, as Modest Mouse's off-kilter sound stays largely intact. But keep listening and it becomes obvious that the band hasn't lost any of his pop bite, especially midway through with a sweep of terrific songs like "Missed the Boat," "Education" and "Little Motel." It's hard to tell if there's another "Float On" in the bunch. In fact, the first single, "Dashboard," is one of the weakest Isaac Brock has ever penned. With Shins James Mercer adding lovely vocals to "Florida," however, it hardly matters. --Aidin Vaziri
The Album is damaged and skips. I wish I knew how to get a replacement or refund.Published 10 days ago by Sarah Miller
Modest Mouse has become one of my favorite bands over time and this album does not disappoint.Published 20 days ago by Payam
After listening to a few songs on their newest album, I revisited this one. I'm thinking that I never really listened to it when I bought it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GinDz
A combination of pop/rock songs and modern rock. Moody and funny and atmospheric. If you are familiar with Modest Mouse, this will feel like more of the same, in a good way.Published 2 months ago by Kristopher Chavez
I know it was in its original packaging but once it got to the B side and the C side of the album it would skip through some of the songPublished 2 months ago by Jonathan Jones
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that is good. I really liked moon and antartica, but the last one had some great tunes and some very skippable stuff. I don't mind them being sucessful-they are a creative band. Better them than so much of what is out there. I just don't want weird for weird sake.
Feb 19, 2007 by Russell Chamberlain | See all 21 posts
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I have it already too. Sounds more like "lonesome crowded west" and "building nothing" than the newest record which is a good thing in my opinion. I didn't recognize an obvious "anthem" on this record either which I also like. A little less mainstream I guess.... Read More
Feb 21, 2007 by Tate | See all 14 posts
Jun 10, 2009 by Alex Cox | See all 2 posts
Those are bold words, and I haven't listened to enough MM to refute them. MM would have to be pretty incredible to come close to what The Smiths achieved in FOUR years in the '80's. And there he wrote ALL the music, not helped, and controlled everything about the sound. As brilliant as Marr... Read More
May 29, 2008 by Joseph M. Romero | See all 8 posts
I've listened to both.
We were dead moved me more.
Aug 10, 2009 by Christie Macpherson | See all 5 posts
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