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Good News For People Who Love Bad News

Modest Mouse Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
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1. Horn Intro
2. The World At Large
3. Float On
4. Ocean Breathes Salty
5. Dig Your Grave
6. Bury Me With It
7. Dance Hall
8. Bukowski
9. This Devil's Workday
10. The View
11. Satin In A Coffin
12. Interlude (Milo)
13. Blame It On The Tetons
14. Black Cadillacs
15. One Chance
16. The Good Times Are Killing Me

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It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment Modest Mouse started sounding like a real band. For the longest time, singer-songwriter Isaac Brock seemed to exist solely to defy the established rules, forging forward on sheer momentum and ingenuity. Even Pavement looked relatively ordinary in comparison to the band's early releases like 1996's This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About and 1997's The Lonesome Crowded West. But on Good News For People Who Love Bad News, the front man sounds like he's finally touching the earth, and the band--minus founding member and drummer Jeremiah Green--follows suit. A relaxed mood prevails, not so much in volume but in attitude. On the follow-up to the group's 2000 major label debut, The Moon & Antarctica, big sloppy melodies battle it out with brass on punky epics like "Float On" and "The Ocean Breathes Salty." The lyrics are simpler, the arrangements tamer, but the vitality remains. The prevailing mood is that Modest Mouse has pulled off something extraordinary here: a well-rounded, lovable record that doesn't sound anything like David Gray. --Aidin Vaziri

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Float On April 16 2007
Format:Audio CD
The album's about death. We'll all float on? The common misinterpretation is as follows: "Modest Mouse sold out and 'Float On' is the signature track of their apostasy." There are two kinds of Indie-snobs: dilettantes whose entire purpose of being is to lash out at any act seeking mainstream exposure - sadly, this section of Indie-snobs are becoming more numerous with every passing year and Indie-snobs that actually understand music. I am neither. But what I can offer is the obvious. Lyrically and musically, this album remains true to the band's Indie roots. True, its polished. Which might as well be the apocalypse for those nostalgic for the days of Sad Sappy Sucker and Interstate 8.

Lyrically, Issac Brock deals with some old themes: death, solitude, movement, and stillness. The album is dark, profound, and has a coherent conceptual unity; once again drawing a parallel to the band's best studio album, The Moon and Antarctica (contrary to those who worship Lonesome Crowded West). This album, however, falls short of the near-perfection that was The Moon and Antarctica. Its good nonetheless, radio play be damned. "The World at Large", by the way, shows how far Issac and company has come since songs like "Broke" or "Bankrupt in Selling". They aren't afraid of trying something new - ostensibly for a new crowd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grow up people.. April 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
The boys from MM aren't getting any younger and as we all get older and realize that life is short and we only get "one chance", we tend not to hate everything as much as we did in our confused, ignorant and angry youth. Yes this album is softer than their previous which I grew up with but I would be embarrased as a MM fan to hear a new album that didn't grow up with them. The natural progession for many artists is to start angry and evolve from there. I expect everyone who disses this album because it's "not the same MM" is probably in their teens and early twenties, still angry at a world impossible to understand but wait til they reach 27,28.. then they'll realize that it is impossible to understand and everyone just needs to relax and not sweat the small stuff.. like a new MM album. Just let the new, fresh artists play with angst and let the MM boys age and experiment kids...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am a new Modest Mouse Fan. July 17 2004
By Mr. J
Format:Audio CD
1.Horn Intro- Just a horn sounding a couple times, I guess it means the album is starting, duh.
2.The World At Large- The singers voice is cool. This song is nice and relaxing. 5/5
3.Float On- The reason why I got the album. This song is awesome. 5/5
4.The Ocean Breathes Salty- This is another great song. 4/5
5.Dig Your Grave- interlude, ok
6.Bury Me With It- A strong song. It's great too. 4/5
7.Dance Hall- This song is catchy. I get caught up in it everytime I listen to it. 5/5
8.Bukowiski- This is a nice song. Different sound to it. 4/5
9.The Devil's Workday-It starts out the same as the album does. but it's cool. 4/5
10.The View- I like the sound of this one. 5/5
11.Satin in a Coffin- "Are you dead or are you sleepin? God, I sure hope you are dead!" HA! I love it. 5/5
12.Milo- interlude, would be better without the baby like sounds in it.
13.Blame it on the Tetons- A nice, slow song. 4/5
14.Black Cadillacs- Strong and Excellent 5/5
15.One Chance- This is a good one. 4/5
16.The Good Times Are Killing Me- Worn out from all the partying I see. Nice ending. 4/5
This music is fantastic, I am really into all of the songs on the album. It is very different. You should pick this up. I love Franz Ferdinand, but I don't see how these two bands sound the same. They are both unique in their own ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. What a surprise! July 17 2004
By T.F.H.
Format:Audio CD
As a huge indie rock fan, you might be very surprised to hear that this is the first Modest Mouse cd I've ever picked up. I've been meaning to for years. Awhile ago, a friend loaned me a copy of The Moon and Antarctica, but I somehow got sidetracked and I never gave it a listen...but on a whim, I picked up this cd at the record store the other day along with Franz Ferdinand and the new PJ Harvey. This is definitely my favorite of the 3.
There isn't a bad song on here. Some are a little weaker than the others, but this is a very consistently good album. There are about 5 tracks in particular that really get stuck in your head. That many good songs on an album is hard to come by-but it's even more special when the other tracks arent' filler or throw away.
I'll definitely be checking out more Modest Mouse after this.
This is just an upbeat, fun, and easy-to-listen-to cd. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to discover this band. I think it's one of the best cds of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Mouse July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Lots of people who like old Modest Mouse complain that the new CD is very sell-outy, I disagree with them in every posible way. This CD is great, distinctive, yet still loyal to the band's quirky, bizzarre style. Modest Mouse have always odd lyrics, but the lyrics on this one are more comical than the others, while still making good points. I really like the whole CD, it stands up well next to "This Is A Long Drive..." "Lonesome Crowded West" and "The Moon And Antarctica" which are my other favorite Modest Mouse CDs. anyways, sorry for jabbering so much, here are the songs...
Horn Intro - Fun intro, what else can i say? 8/10
The World At Large - Nice, more melodic song with good lyrics. Sounds kinda like a track from "The Moon And Antarctica" 10/10
Float On - Great song, kinda gets weak towards the end, but still good. 10/10
Ocean Breathes Salty - Good song, not great, but good. 8/10
Dig Your Grave - Another short interlude type song. 8/10
Bury Me With It - I love this song soooo much! 10/10
Dance Hall - Really cool beat, fun peppy song. 9/10
Bukowski - Really good song, love the lyrics. 10/10
This Devil's Workday - Another great track. 10/10
The View - ANOTHER good song. 10/10
Satin In A Coffin - Really cool instrumentals, love this track. good lyrics. 10/10
Interlude - Self explanitory. 10/10
Blame It On The Tetons - Slow, long, but very well done so it isnt boring, like the vocals. 10/10
Black Cadillacs - Another one of my fave tracks, "And we were done, done, done, with all the f***, f***, f***ing around" love this song. 10/10
One Chance - good track 8/10
The Good Times Are Killing Me - Great song. 10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good customer service
My record skipped but is sure it was a manufacturers error and they were fantastic about the return etc.. I will definitely re order from them
Published 2 months ago by Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie with a kick
First Modest Mouse I have heard, recommended by my daughter, who likes only selected songs. Hey, this entire album rocks. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2011 by Brian Ashe
5.0 out of 5 stars Modest Mouse Should Be A God Among Our People
Modest Mouse Is the greatest band ever and after listening to songs from this album like Float On, Black Cadillacs, or One Chance you should automatically be in love with their... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2005 by Come to the Dark Side We Have Cookies
5.0 out of 5 stars an expieramental cd
this cd deals with life, death, and afterlife.i loved the varietys of music and instrumental in it. anyone can enjoy it.
Published on April 30 2005 by nicole
Amazing cd and amazing band. Buy this cd and check out their others. 10/10
Published on Feb. 26 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars -- Good Stuff
I am new to Modest Mouse, but upon repeated listenings have been impressed by this CD, actually in spite of the single, Float On (which is pretty poppish). Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2005 by B. Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Even better live!!!
One fantastic CD. How can someone put down a cd by saying it's "too creative"?! Anyhoo, this band is even better live. Check them out if you ever get a chance. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2004 by "will_514"
2.0 out of 5 stars tragedy strikes
Modest Mouse is one of my all time favorite bands. It was Isaac's raw sound on earlier albums like Lonesome Crowded West and Sad Sappy Sucker that made the band unique and to me... Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by molly
3.0 out of 5 stars ALRIGHT!
After being let down by Modest Mouse's prior independent releases, I decided to give Good News a shot. I was not let down this time around. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Levi Stofer
5.0 out of 5 stars Evergreen Modest
After around a decade in the music industry, you would expect some bands to go saturated in their music but not Modest Mouse. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Nic
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