Lonesome Crowded West
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Let me try to place "The Lonesome Crowded West" in its proper historical context. It is, in my humble view, the single best American rock record of the 1990s (with Slint's "Spiderland," Pavement's "Slanted and Enchanted," and Brainiac's "Bonsai Superstar" running close behind, but behind nonetheless). It is a long, monumental, messy, glorious bleat on the order of "Exile on Main Street" or "London Calling." It sounds like a cross between The Pixies and Polvo, with a smidge of Neil Young thrown in for good measure. Not too shabby. Not too shabby at all.
Besides "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine," my highlights are "Convenient Parking," "Cowboy Dan" and "Polar Opposites." Every tune's got the shtank, and that's what matters.
I can't tell you how impressed I am by this album. Songs like 'Conveinent Parking' and 'Doin' The Cockroach' highlight Modest Mouse's uncanny ability to deliver tight and often explosive indie-alternative music.
If you've never heard of Modest Mouse, or you've never listened to their music, YOU ARE MISSIONG OUT! I strongly suggest you give 'A Lonesome Crowded West' a try. It's the most cohesive and emblematic of the band's talent and style.
If you're just discovering Indie-alternative music this album will make you an instant fan!
Since then, I have taken the liberty of digging through their catalog, listening to everything from This Is A Long Drive... to their "sellout" Good News For People Who Love Bad News. All of it is strong, often outstanding. But if you want the ultimate manifesto of Modest Mouse's ability, you need only go to The Lonesome Crowded West.
It's just... perfect. Try naming another 70+ indie rock album that doesn't have a scratch of filler or throwaway song. The band belts out tune after tune with a sense of consistent quality that not Pavement, Sonic Youth, or even The Pixies could match in their heyday. The sound quality is raw compared to the more recent releases, but it's still amazing how HUGE and expansive Modest Mouse sound, even when pared down to the base elements of guitars, bass, drums, and vocal (with an occasional touch of violin). It's Neil Young-meets-Pixies-meets-Tom Waits-meets-Pink Floyd (yes, really!).
The album kicks off with Teeth Like God's Shoeshine. This might be my favorite Modest Mouse song of all time--it's the shortest 7-minute song I've ever listened to. Starting in disjointed and lurching rock, moving to a more tender, quiet breakdown, and then busting out an absolutely GLORIOUS crescendo of guitar squall and thundering beats. And it performs this pattern TWICE before resolving. I could listen to it all day.Read more ›
It's the type of CD that you listen to at your friend's house and wonder 'what is this garbage?'. the wild tempo shifts, the confusing (if even barely coherent) lyrics - the unrelenting enthusiasm. think pavement meets fugazi meets southern twang. needless to say it's something that grows on you. you wont even know what's happening to you - it'll just be one day while you're reading or not even paying attention.
it hits you hard and you're hooked.
this is the sound of a band at the beginnings of their genius - where they started to grasp their own potential. their next cd starts to exploit their vision to the fullest - where the major label can afford them a large enough tapestry which to paint their vision.
the genius of 'ok computer' was planted in 'the bends'. the madness behind 'moon and antartica' is seen here. this cd isn't to miss. not if you care at all of the sad state of music today.
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Music fans if they are lucky will have 50-60 albums that they love and maybe 3-4 albums that are life changing. For me this album was one of those rare life changing ones. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This album is great. If you like music that makes you think and feel, this is right for you.Published 8 months ago by al
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