Moon & Antarctica
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|7. The Cold Part|
|8. Alone Down There|
|9. The Stars Are Projectors|
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|11. Paper Thin Walls|
|12. I Came As A Rat|
|14. Life Like Weeds|
|15. What People Are Made Of|
With their interstellar (really!) lyrics and angular song structures, Modest Mouse tend to defy their self-deprecating band name. In truth, the trio's got some lofty ambitions, and The Moon and Antarctica indulges their grand dreams with pristine production and a vivid sonic backdrop. It also dives deeply into their geographical obsessions--always with the same subjective twists that made The Lonesome Crowded West and This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About such inspired wonders. Isaac Brock opens Moon with meditations on the universe's shape--all twisted into such a solipsistic tangle that they illuminate immediately how much these songs are about the mind as about the world. Rarely giving off the cage-jarring thickness of guitar rock, Moon's 15 tunes are shaped around vignettes of a disheveled head figuring out the rambling disconnections of postmodern society. Guitars wobble, Brock wails on vocals, and his band mates--Eric Judy and Jeremiah Green--help take each song away from any predictable formula and toward wherever they seem to want to go. This is a band as profoundly touched by suburbia as was writer Harold Brodkey. You can imagine Brock, Green, and Judy lying on wide-open lawns, philosophizing about the shape of the universe and coming up with lyric moments like this (sung to folky, spare acoustic guitar): "A wild pack of family dogs came running through the yard and as my own dog ran away I didn't say much of anything at all / A wild pack of family dogs came running through the yard as my little sister played; the dogs took her away, and I guess she was eaten up, okay." Replays of American Beauty, anyone? --Andrew Bartlett
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The album flows easily from the lovely "Gravity Rides Everything," which is propelled along by backwards drums, through the spooky epic "The Stars Are Projectors," before ending with the Fugazi-inspired heaviness of "What People Are Made Of." The lyrics, courtesy of frontman Isaac Brock, are just as impressive as the music. On "A Different City," Brock eloquently sums up television by growling, "They gave me a receipt that said I didn't buy nothing."
Every subsequent listen is guaranteed to reveal some hidden aspect of the music-like the sweeping cello and whispered vocals that create an arctic wind on "The Cold Part," or the delicate banjo plucking that accentuates the ballad "Perfect Disguise," or the frantic percussion that lends a jumpy, rush-hour feel to "Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes."
If all this doesn't sound the least bit modest, well you're right. But this Mouse should be bragging a little after an album this good.
This album is absolutely transcendent. I listened to it when I first bought it about two years ago and had my likes and dislikes, but upon maybe my thirtieth or fortieth listen, the significance and meanings hit me.
Each song on this album is a piece of a greater puzzle. Sure, if someone tells you to buy this album and you go and download "The Cold Part" and "What People Are Made Of," you're not going to be thrown back in your seat. This is an album in the truest sense of the world, not a collection of radio-ready songs, and the imagery from the production and the sequencing on the album is truly amazing.
Is the re-release necessary? Very debatable, but I feel it isn't. The album's emotional and appropriate end is definitely at its original point, after "What People Are Made Of," and not after a retread of "Tiny Cities."
If you don't already own this album, do not hesitate to buy it, it is an album that fans of any type of rock music will appreciate and love, not just indie fans. If you already own this album, look at your wallet and see if you can justify $15 for average re-treads of songs you already know and love. Five stars for the original album, minus one for the value/necessity quotient.
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This is my favourite Modest Mouse album and it only became better since I've been able to listen to in on vinyl.Published 24 months ago by Christina Jones
I would think that anyone buying this item would already know the music on it, so I won't review the actual music (which I love - Modest Mouse if fantastic). Read morePublished on July 20 2012 by Alli
I've just started listening to Modest Mouse and I just love them. So excited that I found another band with such great talent - every song is mesmerizing.Published on Dec 12 2010 by Stacy Donald
Sorry, but this cd just doesn't do it for me. I tried listening many times but I just don't see anything great about it. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Levi Stofer
It's common for rock critics to label successful songwriters as poets. In most cases, I think the monicker is undeserved and unnecessary -- writing excellent songs is different... Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by C. Collin
Grant it, I'm a newbie when it comes to Modest Mouse...But I don't care, i love this album. I bought this one when it went on sale at a certain store... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Six
One of the greatest CDs of all time IMHO...this version is the better of the two, who cares if Epic's producing it, it's going to be much cheaper... Read morePublished on May 3 2004
this is 'the' album. it mixes so many things. epic, funny, and rock music all in one album. theirs alot of tracks and its a pretty long album. ah, perfect. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by lost_weasel