8 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As they’ve done before with Building Nothing Out of Something and Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks, No One’s First, and You’re Next is a collection of previously issued material. Gathering eight B-sides and sundry odds and ends from the past two releases (Good News for People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank) this retrospective contains some gems that no Modest Mouse fan should be without. Though the songs were recorded over the span of several years, the set doesn’t sound disjointed. Instead, it offers a fascinating look at the band’s range and evolution as well as further proof of Isaac Brock’s restless songwriting brilliance. There’s the quirky pop of “Satellite Skin” and the surreal, banjo-driven “King Rat,” the woozy sing-along “Perpetual Motion Machine” from the Good News sessions with horns by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the melodic “I’ve Got it All (Most).” The album only runs about 33 minutes yet still feels substantial.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As they’ve done before with Building Nothing Out of Something and Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks, No One’s First, and You’re Next is a collection of previously issued material. Gathering eight B-sides and sundry odds and ends from the past two releases (Good News for People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank) this retrospective contains some gems that no Modest Mouse fan should be without. Though the songs were recorded over the span of several years, the set doesn’t sound disjointed. Instead, it offers a fascinating look at the band’s range and evolution as well as further proof of Isaac Brock’s restless songwriting brilliance. There’s the quirky pop of “Satellite Skin” and the surreal, banjo-driven “King Rat,” the woozy sing-along “Perpetual Motion Machine” from the Good News sessions with horns by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the melodic “I’ve Got it All (Most).” The album only runs about 33 minutes yet still feels substantial.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
512 Ratings

512 Ratings

Jedidude77 ,

We've come a long way, but we went no where

This EP consists of a collection of b-sides and unreleased songs from the Good News For People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank days. Each song has been previously released either as a special bonus track to one of the two albums or as a single leading up to the release of the EP. It starts out with “Satellite Skin,” a very classic rock-sounding song with verse-chorus progression, and ends on my personal favorite, “I've Got It All (Most).” The best part about this album is that it showcases all of the abilities and styles that we have come to love from Modest Mouse. It covers all the bases, from catchy rock jams to epic, chilly dark songs reminiscent of The Moon & Antarctica days (“The Whale Song”), from catchy banjo tunes (“Autumn Beds”) to a bluesy horn tracks (“Perpetual Motion Machine”). The lyrics are all very front man and Isaac Brock-esque, dealing with elements about life and the world around us. You can hear older Modest Mouse mannerisms and the newer territory covered by their latest releases. Overall, this EP is not as impressive as their other releases and may seem to be all over the place, but that's what it's supposed to be: a collection of b-sides, not a cohesive album. It's very satisfying and there's something for everyone.

jpabell ,

Listen to early Mouse

This album is the epitome of mediocrity, especially compared to early Modest Mouse. Back in the day this group was cranking out aggressive music and meanigful lyrics that featured some pretty sick, uniquely twangy guitar. The band has evolved overtime into what it is now an overly poppy sounding, depressingly standard alternative band. The band's crossover to a major record label dragged them from the underground indie-rock scene of the 90s to Alternative Wasteland. Modest Mouse has officially left behind the sound which set them apart and from which they derived all of their appeal. I hope everyone who reads this will go listen to The Lonesome Crowded West and marvel at what once was musical brilliance.

Lunchbox Steve ,

No One's First, And You're Next: B+

Modest Mouse has had a small string of Alt hits, 'Float On', 'Dashboard', '3rd Planet', the list goes on. If you liked those songs then cahnces are, you're gonna like this EP also. Here's my Track-By-Track Review:

#1 Satillite Skin: A great 1st single, got me hooked for the others. They also did great when they performed this on Letterman. 4.75 / 5
#2 Guilty Cocker Spaniels: Awesome song title, compelling lyrics. 4.5 / 5
#3 Autumn Beds: Great banjo. 4.75 / 5
#4 The Whale Song: 4.25 / 5
#5 Perpetual Motion Machine: Weirdly amazing. Best cut off the EP. 5 / 5
#6 History Sticks To Your Feet: 4 / 5
#7 King Rat: 4 / 5
#8 I've Got It All (Most): 4.25 / 5

Grade: B+
Essential Tracks: Perpetual Motion Machine, Satellite Skin, Autumn Beds
Entertainment Weekly: B

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