As wonderful as it was, Modest Mouse's last full-length, Moon & Antarctica, seemed like a tentative experiment in sound, with its excursions into psychedelia. It was a sudden transformation for a band that, til then, had been known for its energetic-yet-morose indie rock music. It was an admirable departure, but was it the beginning of something new and lasting? Well, with the release of Everwhere, looks like MM is truly morphing into a full-on headswirler of a band. Lush, eccentric, inspired, unexpected - that's how I would describe this latest set of songs. Like their brothers-in-oddity The Flaming Lips, MM seem determined to play with their sound as they take us to strange, surreal musical landscapes. Can't wait to find out what they come up with next. People who complain that this isn't the Modest Mouse of old - you're right, so give up your whining. That punky, immature trio is no more. What we have here is a rodent of a different color entirely, and I say let's go with it!