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The Lonesome Crowded West

Modest Mouse Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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The opening track, "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine," explodes out of your speakers with sharp, see-sawing guitars and shouted vocals, an irresistible melange of angular rhythms and mighty, powerful dynamics. The rest of the songs are similarly pulled along by some unseen force, driven by an energy found in classic post-punk bands like Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 or Drunken Boat. Some reviewers have referenced the Pixies, and while that's not off the mark, this is more like the Pixies undergoing dental work--without anesthesia. --Lorry Fleming

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By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
What's my favorite Modest Mouse album? Choosing between The Moon & Antarctica and The Lonesome Crowded West is an agonizing decision, and I might make a different choice on another day, but today the latter wins. I discovered Modest Mouse relatively late, but they have become one of my favorite bands. The thing is, I'm not sure why.

Like Pavement and Sonic Youth, the arrangements are unconventional and seemingly all over the place. It took me a while to see some kind of pattern in the chaos, but it was worth the effort.

The album opens with Teeth Like God's Shoeshine, and it's fairly typical of what is to follow. The song seems like three or four different tunes blended together. It's out of tune and a bit of a rant to begin with, but then it builds into something more. Heart Cooks Brain employs a totally different style, creating an atmosphere that's both eerie and compelling. Convenient Parking is repetitive as it bores its way into your brain, and you might find yourself humming it a few hours later.

Three tracks in and the album already feels like the start of a weird and wonderful journey. Lounge is a strange creature, opening with a funky beat before Isaac Brock rants over the top. Like so many Modest Mouse songs, it has a lot of recognizable phases, and it's never predictable or boring. My favorite track has to be Doin' the Cockroach. It builds slowly, with Brock making some interesting observations before the chorus kicks in.

"I was in heaven"
"I was in hell"
"Believe in neither"
"But fear them as well"

I could praise every track, but it's best if you check out the album for yourself. Notice the structure of the songs and how they employ space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! July 21 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't really add to what all the other reviewers have said.
A brilliant album.
It's amazing that MM has created so many fine works of art that are so varied in their style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second wave grunge March 5 2002
Format:Audio CD
Wow am I ever happy to have stumbled onto the raucous glory of Modest Mouse. Just when you start to think good music is no longer being made, along comes a cd like "Lonesome Crowded West." Granted, this is not a new disc, and "The Moon and Antarctica" is closer to the band's present sound, but LCW should be a part of the collection of any indie music fan. I use the term "grunge" here in the best sense, a raw ferocity to the music and lyrics tempered by solid musicianship and attention to songcraft. Someone below mentions that there is some "filler" material, and while I would agree that the songs he or she mentions are standouts, I have to add that the others will likely grow on you with repeated listenings. Hopefully Modest Mouse will be rewarded with the kind of fan base it deserves (something akin to Nirvana's, but without the metalheads).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites Aug. 16 2007
Format:Audio CD
I listened after loving "from the moon to antarctica" album which I happened to hear before this. I didn't immediatly get into this and remember always skipping track #1, which I now one of my favorites.

I heard complaints about songs sounding the same or being just like the pixies. I love the pixies, but apart from being loud, sometimes angry guitar driven music, it not the same. The layering, variety and voice used are completly unique, and in my opinion, unmatched. Even by them in their new albums.
The stories weaved through their songs is another example of this uniqueness.

This cd offers everthing from powerfull guitar riffs ("doin' the cockroach", "Teeth like god's shoeshine") to melodic masterpeices ("Out of Gas", "Trailer Trash").

This has the potential to be your favorite cd, don't miss out. Whether you did or didn't like their new album, give this a try. It's different/
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crisco Disco July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
It is a rare thing, indeed that a band issues a debut that not only defies convention, but also defines a sound; Lonesome Crowded West, by Modest Mouse, at the very least, does this. Reference points and comparisons are meaningless here. The spiraling and inharmonious guitar ricocheting off melodious base lines and thundering drums are kept afloat by Brock's impaired vocals. Love this record, or hate it, but where can one find a turntable, acoustic guitar, violin solos, and Jesus all in one song. Brock's lyrics cover the spectrum, life, religion, cowboys and, in their own way, offer meaning to what has none. In these existential tirades are also great stories, interesting characters, and non-existent dance moves. Don't be fooled by double-talk or jaded old rock critics; this album is one for the ages. Keep it in your car for a week on repeat- soak it in, then see if you haven't suffered a shift in the way you hear an album. This record will change your mind about what could, should, and ought to be done with the tried and true guitar, base, and drum trio. The West, though now it may be crowded was once a great frontier. With Lonesome Crowded West, Modest Mouse have opened a new one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An arrogant mouse baring it's teeth... May 27 2004
By Moishe
Format:Audio CD
After being introduced to MM through "The Moon and Antarctica", I bought this release and was confused. Gone was the mellow mood and beautiful, smooth-sounding backwards guitars prevalant on most of "Moon...". In their place was screaming about cowboys vowing to kill God and some minor-chord indie dance called the Cockroach.
After the longest period of getting into an album I've ever had to deal with, I can say that this is MM's best release. It is their most focused, with all tracks focusing on single goals or points of view, without the jump-around eclecticsm of their later releases (i.e. "Good News..." and how it jumps from emo-rock to Tom Waits). Although it's harder to get into, this album is definitely worth it.
As the AllMusic.com review says, there is a very "white-trash" feel to this album. But not celebrating being ignorant, like Kid Rock does. It's more like having to cope with being poor (just see the absolutely jaw-dropping track "Trailer Trash"). Seeing as how Modest Mouse honed their skills playing in a makeshift practice space BUILT by Brock next to his mother's trailer, they have credibility in living a hard life.
I'll outline some of the standouts:
See the first track, "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine". Long (it's past 6 minutes) and angry. Isaac Brock's incredibly moving screams and shouts (criticized by many of the newer Modest Mouse fans) permeate this song as he sings, "Said hell ya! The money's spent - went to the country line and paid the rent said 'Uh-oh'!" After a momentary silence, the guitars burst back in with jagged rage as Isaac screams, "Well, do you need a lot of what you've got to survive?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
Isaac Brock is a pure genius. On this album, there is a wide variety of music. From the 10 minute-long "Truckers Atlas" to "Cowboy Dan" to the fiddle in... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars from the top of the ocean. to the bottom of the sky.
this album stood as my audible bible for maybe 7 years +. its nice to see modest mouse getting massive recognition for their new stuff. Read more
Published on May 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This plane is never crashing
The Lonesome Crowded West is by far the best Modest Mouse cd. I recomend buying "This is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about" also.
Published on May 19 2004 by Oh Yeah
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock is not dead...
Albums such as this one keep my spirits up after hearing another radio friendly single by ham-fisted plodders like Nickleback. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by MacGruder
1.0 out of 5 stars STOP!
I applaud bands who try to nonconform and be unique.. But this is just horrible.. While I am not an avid modest mouse fan, I do enjoy some of their stuff.. Read more
Published on April 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 5 best CDs ever
Thats the only way I can explain this CD. Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over The Sea" accompanies this album as one of the all time great musical achievments... Read more
Published on April 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing album
This is probably the best modest mouse album to start off with. Every song is great, although it requires quite a few listens before you see it's brilliance.
Published on April 8 2004 by Chase
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't feel and it feels great.
Lonesome Crowded West is the best 13 bucks I have EVER spent. If you actually take time to listen to the lyrics and try to understand them, (or just read the lyrics booklet that... Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by Wyls
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