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Building Something From Nothin [Best of]

Modest Mouse Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1. Never Ending Math Equation
2. Interstate 8
3. Broke
4. Medication
5. Workin' On Leavin' The Livin'
6. All Nite Diner
7. Baby Blue Sedan
8. A Life Of Artic Sounds
9. Sleepwalkin'
10. Grey Ice Water
11. Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In (Positive Negative)
12. Other People's Lives

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Loneliness, boredom, and random observations have been at the heart of Modest Mouse's skewered musical universe through all their releases. The Issaquah, Washington-born trio has also been able to spin very-long-playing albums that catered to the group's core obsessions, with both its full-length Up Records releases--This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West clocking in at more than 70 minutes in length. So it's refreshing to hear this supremely odd rock band at its most economical. Building Nothing Out of Something catches singles, compilation tunes, and more--none of which were ever intended to be sequenced as an album. As a narrative whole, the singles take on a visionary quality, discerning worldly, bent revelations in the everyday world. The swervy vocals that Isaac Brock has made his trademark sound as languidly distressed as ever, stricken by marvel and ghastly awakenings in equal measures. The music serves Brock well, sounding wobbly and sturdy at once, as if it barely teeters on chaos's brink at a variety of mostly midtempo paces. "Never Ending Math Equation," "A Life of Arctic Sounds," and "Other People's Lives" play the most stoutly, with the tonally clean guitars breaking across all the angular phrasings and rhythms Modest Mouse thrive on while Brock's voice goes from warpy drollery to exasperated wail in the face of his task as a singer and writer. --Andrew Bartlett

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5.0 out of 5 stars My only 5 star album by modest mouse. June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
My introduction to modest mouse was the deliciously strange EP, "Everywhere and his Nasty Parlour tricks" which I took a while to warm up to. I can't help but thinking that if "Building Nothing out of Something" had been my introduction to Modest Mouse I would have caught on to the true depth of their musicianship much quicker. Every Modest Mouse release, especially the new one, gets High marks in my book, but this is the one that I never get sick of and never skip a track on. If you like unique music, buy this album. If you just heard "Float On" and you're curious about what Modest Mouse has to offer, buy this album. It's definately a worth while purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These are B-Sides??? April 8 2004
By Chase
Format:Audio CD
This is another amazing album from modest mouse. It's a collection of B-sides and rare tracks but you wouldnt know that because the quality of these songs is breath taking. Just listen to "A Life of Arctic Sounds" and "Never-ending Math Equation" these are some of Modest Mouse's best songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Jan. 3 2004
By Ganza
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Modest Mouse cd, mostly because it deals with a lot of personal views or problems or any of the likes. The introduction is great, fast and witty, and I enjoyed the cd from then on. Baby Blue Sedan is a very pretty song and you'll want to listen to it for days. Whenever you breathe.. is perfect, and I very much so recommend this cd whether as a collectible or a starter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime experience April 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
From the first song on this album to the last, this is one of Modest Mouse's finest compilations. It takes a few listenings to get into it, but once you do, you will hear this ablum every day. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Modest Mouse March 26 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an awesome album to get started on Modest Mouse. Listen to the whole CD once or twice and you'll want to listen to it over and over again. Awesome mood music. BUY IT! ENJOY IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars how the miniscule have risen Dec 4 2002
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
These days everyone seems to be desperate with giving every shred of innovative music a name. This and that is punk and not punk. so and so is indie but wait oh no this indie Rock. Metal is dead but Alternative metal lives on. this band is ambient but this one is industrial. please. truly mindful listeners know that names like these are just labels, id tags used by "Rock Journalists" to pigeonhole everything into nice little scenes. dammit people it's music. it's freakin' rock and roll! Anyway, a band like modest mouse obviously must somewhat feel this kind of sentiment.using evrything from electronic samples to punk riffs to classic rock note patterns, they are beyond the names that make up their sound. in my book they fit into one category and one alone: they are one of the greatest and most sorely underrated bands of the last 20 years. period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Everyone Else Nov. 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
Some Indie fans need to get their heads on straight. Forget the Pixies. Forget Sonic Youth. Forget My Bloody Valentine. Forget Pavement. They made good music, but the music that comes out of every Modest Mouse release is what Indie music is all about. It's what everything before it has been leading up to.
People who dislike Modest Mouse are caught up in the 80s. Copy the Pixies do they? I don't see it. If you do, you probably have a borderline obsession with the 80s band. From my estimation, if anyone is derivative, it's the Pixies from the Velvet Underground. The way that Doolittle starts out, someone not familiar with the work could think that Lou Reed had started singing for the Cure.
If Modest Mouse copies anyone, they sure do a great job of hiding it considering that they sound like absolutely no one I've ever heard. Strike that, I see similarities between Modest Mouse and Syd Barrett's solo albums, but I doubt that he had any influence on these boys. Rather, they sound similar because this music comes from the heart and so did Syd's.
As I was saying, Modest Mouse make music that is exactly what Indie music should be. It's mature. It's smart, but it doesn't care that it's smart. It knocks you over with emotion. It's personal. It's everything you could want in music.
People talk about how young musicians can't write good music because they haven't experienced how cruddy life gets. The next thing that comes out of their mouths is how only Thom Yorke knows about those very bad things. Ha. Somehow I doubt that Exeter-grad Mr. Yorke (who I greatly respect) knows half as much as trailer-park-born Isaac Brock about how bad life is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sept. 21 2002
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
If you still don't think that Modest Mouse is one of the best "indie" bands in existence, then Building Nothing Out Of Something should convert you. A surprisingly cohesive collection of 7"'s, compilation tracks, and the like, this album showcases Isacc and co. at their most vunerable and beautiful. "Interstate 8" contains beautiful interplay between Isacc Brock's and Nicole Johnson's vocals, "Baby Blue Sedan" is an incredibly moving track that should have been included on The Lonesome Crowded West, and "A Life Of Artic Sounds" is all frustration. The highlight for me, however, is the surreal and beautiful "Workin' On Leavin' The Livin'," a sort-of cover of Eraserhead's "Lady In The Radiator Song." Every Modest Mouse fans needs to hear this song; it's truly incredible. Anyway, even though this a compilation of MM work, it would serve as a great introduction to the band. Highly recommended.
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