19 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years before “Float On” turned Isaac Brock into an unlikely pop star, his band’s major-label debut was a jittery opus about apocalypses big and small—one that took his Pacific Northwest ne’er-do-well persona global without sacrificing the idiosyncrasies that made Modest Mouse indie stalwarts. The music was as expansive and ethereal as the lyrics were claustrophobic and manic, pairing chiming guitars with cursed images of wild dogs, decimated cities, and infants turned angels. The album title is a Blade Runner reference, a fair hint at the fear and identity confusion within.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years before “Float On” turned Isaac Brock into an unlikely pop star, his band’s major-label debut was a jittery opus about apocalypses big and small—one that took his Pacific Northwest ne’er-do-well persona global without sacrificing the idiosyncrasies that made Modest Mouse indie stalwarts. The music was as expansive and ethereal as the lyrics were claustrophobic and manic, pairing chiming guitars with cursed images of wild dogs, decimated cities, and infants turned angels. The album title is a Blade Runner reference, a fair hint at the fear and identity confusion within.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
335 Ratings

335 Ratings

whitcha33 ,

The Mouse plays to my hearts desire

This ablum is by far very under-rated. I know it may be impossible to find a bad song by Modest Mouse on account of every single one of them being pure genius. However, this whole album rises above the line and spits in the mainstreams eye with its brilliance. This album is not only good for the old time Modest Mouse fans but also for the new comers who don't really know the true vipe of the mouse. Alone down there just feels me with emotion while Gravity Rides Everything makes even the most emo depressed person see joy in everything around them. I beg that every one please buy this and listen to it over and over again.

musicmasterslicekid ,

Modest Mouse is the Climax of Music, and if you disagree, listen to them more till you realize it.

Modest Mouse, not just in this amazing cd, but in every song they have ever recorded, has been amazing. Obviously some songs stand out, but overall, they are a top-notch band. One of their charms is that their sound in each song is so unique, so different, it never gets boring, and everyone has their own personal favorites of Modest Mouse. When listening to most cd's by other bands I like, I listen, think it's great, and then put my favorites on my iPod. With Modest Mouse, every song is amazing, and you always feel like spending another 80ish minutes listening to the cd again. I had just recently started listening to Modest Mouse right after We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank came out. My friend played Float On in a car ride down the shore, and I thought it was amazing. Then from there, I went to Ocean Breathes Salty, and Dashboard. I thought alot of their stuff sounded weird, sparatic, and rediculous. I then liked Missed the Boat, though the one part where he says, "shake shake shake shake shake" in an odd way bothered me, though I slowly came to love that. From there, it was like a shotgun effect, going into songs like Dramamine, Black Cadilacs, Polar Opposites, and Gravity Rides Everything. The more I listened to Modest Mouse, the more I appreciated the witty commentaries of the lyrics, the sound of the intruments, and the more frenzy like songs, such as Tiny Cities Made of Ashes and Steam Engenius. I have to say, after about 6ish months, Modest Mouse has quickly became my favorite band, and amazes me at how good a band can be at making songs.

Cryptic Whispers ,

Definitely Worth a Try

I bought this CD several years ago out of vague curiousity and respect for MM's music videos, but after several dozen run-throughs I must say, there is some great music here. There's a refreshingly wide variety of songs and enough feeling behind the music, instrumental and vocal, to make it really meaningful as well. The guitar is respectable and the lyrics personal, and though admittedly I first found this somewhat out of my genre, with some listening to it easily takes the five star.

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