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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Up.
  • ASIN: B00003A9E2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa L Loadholt on Sept. 29 2001
Format: Audio CD
like jeff-heath (whose review appears below), i saw modest mouse at the cat's cradle in chapel hill/carrsboro, nc. they took me away from that little club in a strip mall in--as far as i was concerned--the middle-of-nowhere, north carolina and introduced me to a world of feedback-laden sonic resonance replete with startling outbursts of lyrics presented in torrents of tormented yelps.
they played four songs from "building something...", a cd which includes many of my favorite mm songs. when they played "interstate 8" halfway through, i figured i could leave the club and live a sated life or die a happy death for having heard it live.
but i'm writing from the perspective of a kill-for-their-honor fan. for those who don't know...
this cd would be a great starting point. i don't know where all these songs were culled from, but they did a fantastic job. this compilation is variously viewed as "greatest hits", "also rans", "hey, these are good too". whatever. in short, it's a great introduction to the skewed, raw world of mm. while some people "get it" immediately, for others it may take awhile to fold into the sometimes obtuse ("baby blue sedan") and sometimes hard reality ("grey ice water") of isaac brock's lyrics. the band's music is another thing altogether, what with guitar work that slaps you into listening if your mind wanders and the extraordinary drumming of jeremiah green.
modest mouse is an often overlooked aural treat. while i enjoy that fact, i'm sure the boys in the band would appreciate more ears. and they surely deserve it.
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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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This is the second Modest Mouse album I've bought--I ran out and got it just 2 days after I bought the Moon & Antarctica. Unfortunately, this just doesn't live up to the high standards set by that masterpiece. While some songs ("All Nite Diner," "Interstate 8," "A Life Of Arctic Sounds," & "Other People's Lives") are masterpieces in and of themselves, there are a few disappointing moments. "Medication," in particular is a bit slow and not at at all what you'd expect of MM--except for a good, upbeat middle section. That said, though, I have to say that this is overall still a very good album. Saying that an album doesn't live up to MM's standards still places it light years ahead of most of the garbage now populating radio airwaves. Considering that these songs were taken piecemeal from various EPs and singles, this album gels surprisingly well. The songs don't flow quite as well as on "moon & antarctica," but they do go well together as a loose collection. And since MM deal w/ pretty universal themes throughout their music, the lyrics all mesh well too. A must-buy, but from what i've heard of their other albums, any MM release is a must-buy.
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One night, sitting drinking plum wine, a little cheap beer we never thought we'd actually buy (desperation kills), a stranger mans the stereo. She replaces the droning background noise with possibly the most incredible band I've listened to since the great days of "real" alternative. Sickened by the pop-culture infusion in all brands and names in the rock world, hearing something new, different and compelling drove me inside, away from the crowd, to sit in silence in front of the speaker. It drove me, it pulled me, the words richocheted around in my brain, spelling out memories, thoughts, dreams... allowing my mind to float around and still be so tied to my spirit that I knew I had to own it. Modest Mouse has impressed upon me their infinite talent - I know what the MM pixie meant when she said she didn't want anyone to know about them. Popularity still has the word "pop" in it. I'm down - the beauty of this lyrical, musical genius has magically captured me....
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