Sharpen Your Teeth
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Ugly Casanove is otherwise known as the solo project/alter-ego of Isaak Brock, mastermind of the widely acclaimed Modest Mouse.
It's hard to say what distinguishes this from a de facto Modest Mouse release, other than the fact that the only carryover member is singer-songwriter Isaac Brock. But this is hardly a problem, considering the flannel-clad Northwestern trio is one of the most engaging and inventive avant-garde rock bands America has to offer, right up there with the Flaming Lips and Built to Spill. Sharpen Your Teeth doesn't miss a step, throwing up a familiar mix of lovesick vocals, funeral march rhythms, and terminally discordant song arrangements. "Diamonds on the Face of Evil" floats on a haunting bed of clarinets and rattling chains, while "Things I Don't Remember" charts the unlikely meeting point between psychedelic period Rolling Stones and early Tom Waits. Side projects historically serve as a venue for self-indulgence for disgruntled band members, but for Brock--working with former Red Red Meat members Tim Rutili and Brian Deck, the Black Heart Procession's Pall Jenkins, and friend John Orth--it appears Ugly Casanova is merely a way to keep a foot in the indie world, since Modest Mouse signed with Epic two years ago. As luck (and contractual obligations) would have it, the group's debut album is also its last, so the confusion is only fleeting. --Aidin Vaziri
Top Customer Reviews
For the tracks themselves, "Cat Faces," "Barnacles," "Hotcha Girls," and "Smoke like Ribbons" do it for me, and it would seem quite a few other people reviewing here. They are so beautiful and emotive. "Parasites" is also a great song, and while perhaps not likely to bring a tear to your eye like the first four I mentioned, it's a great example of Brock's diabolical sense of humor that proves he doesn't take himself too seriously.
Sharpen Your Teeth is a great album, and anyone who's a fan of unique music should have a copy. This type of art will never be appreciated by most people, but then again, that's part of what makes it so special.
The songs are simply gorgeous, and are best described as a cleaned up, more accessable Modest Mouse. The catchy riffs of Hotcha Girls, the twisted folk of Smoke Like Ribbons, and the sheer catchiness of Things I Don't Remember are arguably the best contributions to this stellar album.
Any Modest Mouse fan, especially those who loved Moon and Antarctica, should take special notice of this album. Also, anyone who loved Modest Mouse and Califones' take on Slayer's "South of Heaven" on the I Love Metal comp may also want to give this album a listen. (In fact, MM should look into more projects with Califone, because this album and that cover prove they make a wonderfail team.)
Most recent customer reviews
This cd takes everything that was good in modest mouse and takes it to a whole different level with songs like
hotcha girls, which, to me is obviously the best song. ... Read more
I may be misinformed here, but I thought, aside from track number 3, that this album resembled nothing but the Cap'n beefheart, which is to say that it sucked mightily. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by S. Smith
A lot of people don't know the story behind this album. Modest Mouse and Hot Hot Heat combined to form the band Ugly Cassanova, the nickname of a guy who followed Modest Mouse... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003
Just how can you go wrong with a musical work created by Issac Brock of Modest Mouse and his other side-workers from Red Red Meat and the Black Heart Procession? Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2003
I loved Moon and Antartica just like everyone else. Great rock record. However, recently I have been more and more attracted to some Alternative Country music, and was very happy... Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by Stephen Haske
This is by far and away the best album I've heard for quite some time, yet at the same time, I feel like it's been overlooked, by critics and music fans alike. Read morePublished on June 7 2003 by Rebecca M. Hotchkiss
I really like this cd... its so nonsensical, it describes my life and my feelings sometimes. and the musical quality is amazing. Read morePublished on June 3 2003
Everyone should go to Modest Mouse's official web page because I'm pretty sure they have the story on there but most lyrics on this album weren't written by Issaac. Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by corey baum
If you are a fan of Modest Mouse, by all means buy this album. A rare masterpiece that cannot be ignored. Issac Brock's lyrics are incredible. Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Jake Davidson