Modest Mouse's first two LPs, This is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West, bot suffer the same ailment- too long. At about 75 minutes a piece, their brilliance tends to get tedious and, dare I say, boring.
The Fruit that Ate Itself is a 6-song (but 9-track) EP that solves this problem, showing MM at their best before the Age of Epic [Records].
It starts (on track 2) with The Waydown, which is as good and yet conservative as indie rock gets. Dirty Fingernails sounds like it came right off of TIALDFSWNTTA, and is as hypnotic as it is jarring. However, I find the best track to be The Fruit That Ate Itself, with it's very screamy noise, heavy bass, and Latin (Caribbean?) beat. The EP's final track's final line ends the EP so abruptly, you can't help but laugh.
Overall, fans of the first two LPs shouldn't miss this and those who joined in after Moon and Antarctica may want to take a listen to see if old-school MM is right for them. It still remains one of my favorite MM discs.