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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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1. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
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5. Jesus Christ Was An Only Child
6. Doin' The Cockroach
7. Cowboy Dan
8. Trailer Trash
9. Out Of Gas
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11. Shit Luck
12. Truckers Atlas
13. Polar Opposites
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Crisco Disco July 18 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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Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger than the sum of its parts Oct. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars When you get into it, you'll never want to stop hearing it
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steven Aldersley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
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
Published on July 21 2012 by M. Witcher
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
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 more
Published on Aug. 16 2007 by Cary Brenson
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 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 16 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 7 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 30 2004 by Wyls
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