We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank [Explicit]
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We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank [Explicit]

March 20, 2007

Song Title
March Into The Sea (Album Version) [Clean]
Dashboard (Album Version) [Clean]
Fire It Up
Florida (Album Version) [Clean]
Parting Of The Sensory (Album Version) [Explicit]
Missed The Boat (Album Version) [Clean]
We've Got Everything (Album Version) [Clean]
Fly Trapped In A Jar (Album Version) [Clean]
Education (Album Version) [Explicit]
Little Motel
Steam Engenius (Album Version) [Clean]
Spitting Venom (Album Version) [Explicit]
People As Places As People (Album Version) [Clean]
Invisible (Album Version) [Clean]

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 1:02:28
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00138GZKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,693 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modest Mouse Are Not Dead March 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that while I found the band's last album, "Good News.." to be a slight disappointment, I didn't think it sounded like a sellout at all. It was much more quirky than the typical records out there, and even some of the more trendy music out at the time. And while the band's most accessible album to date, "Ship" is 100% a Modest Mouse record. Even with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr now in the fold, even when Shin James Mercer does background vocals. And while it's also clean produced like the last one, that doesn't mean it's over-polished at all.

Of course, there's people who will try and insult people who like this new stuff, and there'll be a few mainstream sheep who decide it's good because the masses told them. But let's get realistic: Modest Mouse have been on a major label since 2000's "The Moon & Antarctica." (The album that introduced me to the band.) Them taking steps to commercial steps was inevitable from there. I have no problem with them becoming big. If you like them to stick with the Sonic Youth-type of seven-minute jam-out songs, just stick with "Long Drive" and "The Lonesome Crowded West." This, the new record, does actually have an epic track in it, "Spitting Venom," which starts out raw and acoustic in its first minute and a half but soon builds up from that. It's kind of interesting, as is the rest of the album.

Besides, I can't remember the pump organ and accordion being used so often in pop music as it is on here. There's no real Isaac Brock freak-outs here, but he still is full of personality on here. Also, where the interludes seemed a bit annoying and unnecessary last time, the newly used instruments are now utilized into actual songs! It's a more mature Modest Mouse album, and while consistent, it's never boring.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Strong an Entry as Any for Modest Mouse March 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Much like Lonesome Crowded West with Teeth Like God's Shoeshine blaring loud and strong at the start, March Into the Sea really kicks off the album, and is one of the best on the album. The rest of the album doesn't let up.

Frankly, I don't see where people get selling out. In my mind, they've simply been progressing forward. Each album explores a different sound, and in each album that sound gets exhausted. If they continued to use any one album's sound, we would all complain they have no innovation and all their songs sound the same. (look at Mechanical Birds and the end of Polar Opposites...a third and thats what we all would be thinking)

With that over, I've listened to this album a couple times, and with each listen get into it more. Modest Mouse is one of those bands you need to keep listening to, you can't expect to "get" them on the first listen. I only liked one or two songs on Lonesome... and now I love them all.

I do think this is more of a return to their older work, not simply a third chapter in what began at Moon & Antarctica and continued with Good News, but it does sound like them with an entirely new one.

Other highlights:


Missed the Boat

People as Places as People
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An album to waste away the summer to March 16, 2007
By J. Reus
Format:Audio CD
Every album Modest Mouse puts out is a completely new endeavor and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank is no exception. This album has a drifting, lightweight feel similar to that of This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Talk About but with the core of it's imagery carrying a more nautical theme. Isaac Brock's lyrics aren't as heavy, epic, or clever as on previous albums, but there are still moments of brilliance such on tracks like "Parting of the Sensory" where Brock talks of our decomposed and re-consumed bodies after death as "carbon's anniversary" (a metaphor that would take a five-page essay to explain).

The music this time around is extremely accessible, even moreso than their previous album. All of the tracks are produced so immaculately you'd think that they were mixed with shoeshine. This could be a downer for some long-time Modest Mouse fans, as all the grit that defined earlier albums is now officially dead and gone. The up side is that Isaac Brock's vocal performance is the best it has ever been. Gone is the uncontrolled scream-singing of This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Talk About, Isaac has full control now. This is especially evident on March into the Sea where the vocals range from soft and melodious to the growling laugh of a senile pirate. Original drummer Jeremiah Green is back at the helm, but his trademark wild off-kilter snare fills are hard to find. They could be there, but if they are then they are surely overwhelmed by the heavy snare/kick beats that dominate songs such as "Dashboard", "We've Got Everything", and "Education".
There's been a lot of buzz about Johnny Marr joining the group too; however, fans of The Smiths expecting to hear their beloved god of sound back in full form will be sorely disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts May 16, 2007
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
Good album that borders on great. I'd say it's a bump up from 'Good News'; just as 'Dashboard' is not nearly as powerful a pop-ballad as the sickeningly popular 'Float On' became to me, 'We Were Dead', as an album in its entirety, regresses from the pop-laden mentality of its older brother, instead pulling out cues from the bands earlier work; i.e. creative, unpredictable, discordant song structure, etc. To be fair, the album is not a work of unparalleled complexity, but it IS complex -- I've never understood the argument that 'Good News'' foray into a more pop-filled musical universe discounted the actual stuff being written (the best pop's as good as anything, in my mind), and I don't understand it because it doesn't make sense -- 'Good News', like this album, still possessed so many of the engrossing musical/personality traits of the entity known as Modest Mouse. Who in the world thinks 'The Moon and Antarctica' was devoid of pop anyway?; need I point you to the first tracks on that album? Right. Oh, and for those who want to try and tell me that Modest Mouse's output pre-Moon was their peak, I say this -- you're wrong; if you want to tell me establishing some sort of lyricism via music and melody over time is a negative, and that retaining a peculiarly "raw" sound that refuses to enter territories known to us already is the only way to go about things...; I say look at how delicately Brock and co., over the years, managed to become more and more evocative; 'The Moon and Antarctica', in its heavier time/spaces, is one of the most poignant, reflective, intimate albums I've heard. And these guys, as far as I know, are a bunch of stoners (gasp!).

Sorry to get off track.
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