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The Lonesome Crowded West
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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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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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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... Read more
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2007 by Cary Brenson
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... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by D.L. Combs
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 morePublished on May 25 2004 by Kevin
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
Albums such as this one keep my spirits up after hearing another radio friendly single by ham-fisted plodders like Nickleback. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by MacGruder
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 morePublished on April 25 2004
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 morePublished on April 16 2004
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 7 2004 by Chase