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The Lonesome Crowded West


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B000003L26
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
2. Heart Cooks Brain
3. Convenient Parking
4. Lounge (Closing Time)
5. Jesus Christ Was An Only Child
6. Doin' The Cockroach
7. Cowboy Dan
8. Trailer Trash
9. Out Of Gas
10. Long Distance Drunk
11. Shit Luck
12. Truckers Atlas
13. Polar Opposites
14. Bankrupt On Selling
15. Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice On Ice, Alright

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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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4.8 out of 5 stars

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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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this album stood as my audible bible for maybe 7 years +. its nice to see modest mouse getting massive recognition for their new stuff. maybe itll open people up to their older, radder albums (though the new album is pretty rad too). you either like this stuff or you dont. you either understand the lyrics or you dont. personaly; this album and long drive, were the begining of my finding myself. some people needed college to do so. some people need a career. some people need religion. some people need a scene. i just needed this album, art, some beer, and some rad crazy friends during my senior year in highschool and long thereafter. this album is in my blood. yeah i saw a one star review for this album....it talked about how this album "conforms" to everything else... blah bah. this album was made close to 8 years ago. at the time it was unlike anything ever made, and nothing has come close to sounding like it since. its funnny...ive read reviews about how modest mouse has sold out blah blah. i think its only the kids who used modest mouse as a cool kid tool are saying that. i used to see modest mouse in a crowd of 20, and im glad to see em on mtv now (im not super glad, but its totaly ok). you cant hold back rad music forever. i hope they make millions of dollars and can retire, stress free, and mellow forever. brock will never stop making music, and its always gonna be 3 steps ahead of everything else out there. ya heard? woah.. sorry for the tangent. this album is seriously the best. ya heard?
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I've listened to this record continuously since it's release. It's brilliance was obvious back in the late 90's, but with each passing year it becomes more apparent how amazing and enduring this work of art truly is. It never ceases to blow my mind that a group of kids from Issaquah, WA made this album. Talent isn't even an issue. Of course they're talented. What's going on here goes way beyond that. MM is a truly gifted group of musicians whose individual contributions to the group add up to something somehow bigger than all of them. Even though I've heard every note of LCW thousands of times, I still shake my head in surprise and disbelief every time crank the volume to 10 in my car and floor it. Amazing stuff. I won't even get into what it's like to hear it performed live. You can't imagine.
Along with Sonic Youth's Sister and Daydream Nation, Cat Power's Moon Pix, Elliot Smith's XO and their own It's a Long Drive With For Someone With Nothing To Think About, Lonesome Crowded West is at the top of a very short list of albums that I will NEVER tire of.
It's probably been said in other reviews that this record isn't for everyone. That's true - but if it were, I don't think I'd like it as much. :)
Thanks again and again for a great record MM. See you at ATP03.
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Have you ever heard the expression "no man is an island"? Have you ever wondered how that makes remotely any smidgen of sense in this desolate, lonely sea of monotonous civilization we call "the West"? And will the West ever be won by the working-class, convenience store urchins of the sprawling American suburban madness? According to alt-indie mainstay Modest Mouse in its masterpiece homage to rock's less attractive subject matter, we are all islands, working and writhing in a sea of machinery, our emotions so grilled by monotony that we don't even feel for one another anymore...or do we?
Can you get claustrophobic "from the top of the ocean, from the bottom of the sky"? What would happen "if you could compact your conscience...and sell it save it for another time"? Give this gem of a concept album a listen, and you'll see why "The Lonesome Crowded West" is essentially the indie rock "Dark Side of the Moon," in that it dives into a psyche given to moral emptiness and unconsciousness, only this particular unconsciousness is spurned on by environmental factors beyond our control. We're forever products of our surroundings, and instead of being corrupted like we are in the city, at the endless outskirts of suburbia we are sucked dry of all motivation, creative energy, and stamina to overcome the challenges of everyday monotony and hopelessness.
You get the idea a few bars into "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine" that Modest Mouse advocate the traces humanity neglected by the metropolis-centric mass media, and the songs' metaphor-happy lyrical content essentially glamorizes the populace that the self-referenced city trendsetters so lovingly yet condescendingly label "trash.
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