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Fruit That Ate Itself [EP]

Modest Mouse Audio CD
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1. Untitled 1
2. The Waydown
3. Untitled 2
4. Dirty Fingernails
5. Sunspots In The House Of The Late Scapegoat
6. The Fruit That Ate Itself
7. Summer

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The Fruit That Ate Itself is the third EP released by indie rock band Modest Mouse in 1997. The album was recorded at Calvin Johnson's Dub Narcotic Studios. Originally, the session was planned to record a 7" release, but it soon expanded into an EP. The track "Dirty Fingerprints" also appears on Yoyo A Go Go, a compilation album released by Yoyo Records.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice little Intorduction to a very promising band March 14 2004
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
This EP is the second but official MODEST MOUSE debut (their original intended debut by the name of SAD SAPPY SUCKER was scrapped by K Records and later re-released in light of the band's major label outing). It's a nice little introduction to a promising band. 9 tracks of very appealing emotional indie rock. "The Waydown" is a great track and the lo-fi sludge of "Dirty Fingernails" is amazing. After that the record kind of spaces off and doesn't really go anywhere though..however you can certainly tell the band was headed for bigger and better things. Certainly not their best release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punk in a pear tree Dec 8 2003
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Modest Mouse is peerless, and not a pear less. You need this serving from the fruit group. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great showcase of old-school Modest Mouse Aug. 8 2002
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Modest recording... Oct. 29 2000
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b/c it is their most consistently good. This is probably b/c it's just an e.p and easier to accomplish. I find that on all other full lengths they really get long winded, repeating licks too often, or changing parts that don't flow well. Sometimes songs are very similiar to each other. It's always sort of bugged me b/c I love their sound. They sound like an "Appalacian punk band" if there ever was one. Another thing I'm tiring of on subsequent albums is his use of the whammy bar. He pulls up on it and it gets to be a crutch b/c it seems like he has nothing else to add. But his voice and songs are really original..."Fruit" is great stuff and the subsequent " A long Drive" and "Lonesome" are also good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A definate addition to the collection June 17 2000
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This is a conceptual piece most-definately, but one that works and in the long run that is all I am concerned with. Ringing in with a pulsating noise, this album evokes emotion in a way other Modest Mouse discs do also. But there is something about this album that makes me cherish it so. I think it has to do with its arangement, the way it all compliments itself so much. There is a collage of noises in this on one that makes such a beautiful landscape of music. There is the monotony that changes to beauty with "The Way Down" a hint of monotony that is muddled by the oceany sound of waves crashing on the 52second "Dirty Fingernails" that blends into the untitled song that is truly what the previous had established... the vocals hint at Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth but in a much more repressed, barred up, psychotic way... and the album continues on as so... but let's not forget the songs and the lyrics and the screaming and the noise and the atmosphere that Modest Mouse has created for us on this one.
This is exactly what it should be... not the beginning disc to a Modest Mouse collection, but a latter addition that any fan will love. These guys show us what they can do on this one.
"How do I land? I don't understand." MM
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best June 13 2000
By A Customer
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There are two great songs on this EP: "Summer" and "Sunspots", the rest are examples of MM's ability to take a sketchy idea and stretch it out for far too long. Check out any of their albums for better songwriting, even Interstate 8 (reprised on Building Something out of Nothing) is a better example of the Modest Mouse sound.
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