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Sharpen Your Teeth

Ugly Casanova Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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6. Diamonds On The Face Of Evil
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11. Smoke Like Ribbons
12. Things I Don't Remember
13. So Long To The Holidays

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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars its like modest mouse... just better Feb. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. ... anyhow. This cd is slower than modest mouse, but altogether lacks the same kind of mood as modest mouse does... but for the better. altogether id give it a generous yet well earned FIVE STARS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful thread of Brock's consciousness Jan. 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sharpen Your Teeth is an exquisitely absurd piece of art that proves fact is stranger than fiction. Apparently, Isaac Brock went completely off hallucinogens to make this album, and it seems that what comes out of his soul when he's straight is often more serenely twisted than when he's tripping mushrooms.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story behind Ugly Cassanova Dec 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 around and wrote them letters. He was insane, and most of the letters he wrote didn't make sense. Some did. He followed Modest Mouse everywhere and sent letters to them all the time. Then one day, the letters stopped coming. They figured that he either died or went completely insane. They decided to form a band in honor of him and named it Ugly Cassanova. The lyrics in the songs are taken from the letters he wrote them, which is why some of the lyrics make no sense at all... they were written by an insane guy. Thats also why there isn't a second album, they didn't have any more letters. I just thought that this was really interesting, my friend just recently told me the story behind the band and gave me a copy of the album... I haven't been able to stop listening to it since.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fabulous... and INDIEscribably good. Aug. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
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?
Don't be INDIEdecisive, buy it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Modest Mouse: Better! June 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 to see Brock move with me. There is still all the emotion and great lyrical content that he has cultured over the years. Still interesting (yet followable) compositions. Now he has just a bit more drama seeped in a very loaded and layered genre.
Even though I think the background story for Ugly Casanova is fictional, I still like it. It is a great idea, and continues with the semi-concept album trend that Moon & Antartica had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year...and yet overlooked June 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. I'm not sure why, because it's such a great album.
If you're a Modest Mouse fan, this is a definite must have. Even if you've never heard Modest Mouse, this should still be in your collection. I could listen to this CD again and again and not tire of it.
Slow, soft and melodic in some places, and angry and hard in others, it should satisfy everybody. Isaac sings most songs, with John Orth singing backup in some, in Smoke Like Ribbons he sings by himself. Their voices sound great together.
Stand-out tracks: Barnacles, Hotcha Girls, Smoke Like Ribbons, and Cat Faces.
You owe it to yourself to get this CD!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It totally grew on me June 4 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I really like this cd... its so nonsensical, it describes my life and my feelings sometimes. and the musical quality is amazing. This cd has been in my car cd player (where I usually listen to music) for longer than any other cd. It is definetely worth every cent. Overall, I listen to this more than Modest mouse. Its different enough to create a different feeling, but the same enough for Modest Mouse fans to enjoy it. Hard to describe...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Brock May 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. They were written the mysterious, brilliant, Ugly Cassanova. I don't remember ever reading that he was a roadie but just a big fan that jumped through a window back stage to meet Modest Mouse. With blood and glass in his hands he introduced himself and hung out with the band for a while (days/weeks/months?). And then he was gone, they never really knew who he was but he left lots of lyrics he had written lying around. After putting out the album Brock recieved a letter from Ugly Casanova that was apparently pretty crazy, showing that Ugly was losing touch with reality. (I think he was schitzophrenic) I haven't read up on it in a while but I'm pretty sure that's the gist of the story. Just to clear things up a bit. I hope it helped
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