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Moon & Antarctica

4.4 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004TTCJ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,868 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. 3rd Planet
2. Gravity Rides Everything
3. Dark Center Of The Universe
4. Perfect Disguise
5. Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
6. A Different City
7. The Cold Part
8. Alone Down There
9. The Stars Are Projectors
10. Wild Pack Of Family Dogs
11. Paper Thin Walls
12. I Came As A Rat
13. Lives
14. Life Like Weeds
15. What People Are Made Of

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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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Format: Audio CD
On their major-label debut, longtime indie darlings Modest Mouse deliver an impressive effort that melds the best aspects of their previous albums into a logical extension of their offbeat sound. Fans of the Mouse will have trouble decrying their move to a major label, since they have certainly not "sold-out." Rather, this is easily their best and most cohesive album to date. Exploring themes of loneliness, desolation, and seclusion in modern life, The Moon & Antarctica weaves a dense, layered atmosphere that reflects these heady topics. Each track is quirky and completely unique, and when taken as a whole this can be considered the best "artsy" album to come out since Radiohead's OK Computer.
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.
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By A Customer on June 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
A lot of good music is about the balance between pop and experimental sounds that are not immediatly appealing. Sonic Youth continually wrestles with this, as the best example. Modest Mouse, and more specifically Issac Brock, the genius of the band, has managed an almost perfect major label debut. The songs all center around tight poppy hooks but then go off onto weird explorations. Brock's voice keeps its weird lisping quality but changes with each song, sounding psychotic in Tiny Cities but then gentle in Perfect Disguise. His lyrics, which alternate between "It was alright,yeah,ok" and grand philisophical explorations about time and space and God manage perfectly the tricky feat of being both laid back and intensely intrested. This album is essential for any one who likes indie pop/rock. Also,the extended version is worth its price if its about a dollar mre than the regualr, which is what I bought it at. The three extra tracks are cool at least, especially a craxy echocing Tiny Cities which is even weirder than the first.
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Format: Audio CD
You simply don't hear lyrics like those written in a Modest Mouse song, and this album contains Isaac Brock's best. "Your heart felt good it was dripped in pitch and made of wood" (Noah's Ark anyone?). The chord changes are simple, yet by the end of the song the guitars have spread enough flavor to create a distinct sound. MMs songs aren't driven by dominant melody lines, rather subtle riffs that create tension through their overlap (I think this is one of the reasons many struggle w/ MMs music). The song is not an opportunity for a lead guitarist to slide all over the neck of the guitar like a drunk on any icy street while the drummer thumps on the down beats and the bassist only hits the tonic of each chord...rather the song is about the chemistry amongst the percussion, the percussion oriented vocal lines, the oftentimes dancing bass line, and the lead guitar. The sum is greater than the individual parts. If you like that type of music and you like uncharacteristic lyrics, you'd love Modest Mouse. 3rd Planet is an awesome song, one of my favorites.
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Format: Audio CD
First of all, to the major-label-cynical idiots, this album was originally released on Epic to begin with. The label it is on has nothing to do with the content, and the fact that this is their fourth proper album and an appropriate step in their evolution is the more important consideration to make. Moving on.
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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