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This Is A Long Drive

Modest Mouse Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Frontman Isaac Brock's claim that he's being stalked by his own alter ego was not the first bit of evidence that Modest Mouse isn't your usual pop band. Witness the entirety of this 1996 indie debut from the Washington trio that inspired a major-label bidding war. This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About finds Brock cruising with cohorts Eric Judy and Jeremiah Green (plus an occasional cellist) through a landscape of intoxicatingly original lo-fi tunes. Sure, Brock's early vocals make Nikki Sudden sound like one smooth crooner, but their strained quality offset the primitive elegance of his guitar work, giving a passionate vulnerability to "Breakthrough," "Custom Concern," and other treatises on life in the lost lane. --Bill Forman

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5.0 out of 5 stars Modest Meeses to Pieces Dec 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
I unbelievably worked a graveyard shift for an entire year. Start at 10pm, veggie burrito from Benito's 24hr stand for "lunch", out at 6:30am. My internal clock was jacked, but the nights were peaceful, no traffic to deal with, and the office let me play music.
Played my share of Modest Mouse that year, and this was my favorite. The calm hop of Breakthrough's lyrics, "Open the curtain and let in the sky, it's almost half past 2am, you can tell by the light" take on better meaning when it's actually 2am and you're stuck pounding on a computer keyboard.
I appreciate the way Novacain Stain tackles bad land-use development and our short-term memory when corporate chains roll over the little guy. "No I don't like this change of pace."
Starbuck's may have bulldozed the great Daddy's Taco Stand, One Hour Oil and Lube may have killed the Big Tommy's on Santa Monica Blvd, but I won't forget. And Benito's rocks on.
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Modest Mouse changed my life. Well, that may be a bit of a hyperbole, but I am truly grateful to have been introduced to this band. I have never been a fan of avant-garde/indie rock; my music taste has typically been one of hip-hop, electronic, trip-hop, classic rock, jazz, and classical. This band was introduced to me by a friend, and initially I couldn't stand them (Isaac Brock's whiny voice). However, a few songs would play on random mode in iTunes, and I slowly grew accustomed to them. Modest Mouse rocks.
This is probably one of the most appropriately titled albums I have encountered in a while. It really manages to give you the feeling that you're out on an open road without anything substantial to think about. And that's not a bad thing. It's a distant and wandering sound. Long Drive can sound incredibly neurotic, with their twangy and chaotic guitar rhythms along with Brock's unstable voice. But the genius of MM is that the neurotic sound all falls together and manages to make sense, beautiful sense. Long Drive isn't nearly as polished or accessible as The Moon and Antarctica or Good News for People Who Love Bad News, but in no way does that discount the greatness of Long Drive. I recommend this album without any real reservations. But as one should do with any music, listen to this album without projecting any preconceived notions about what good music should sound like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough May 10 2004
By nate
Format:Audio CD
To put it simply this cd surprised me. Upon knowing of the band for almost 6 years I decided to purchase The Lonesome Crowded West earlier this year on somewhat of a whim. The cd blew me away, it monopolized my cd player for a good part of two weeks before I could intergrade anything else into rotation. Growing quite fond of that cd I figured I would wade a bit deeper into Modest Mouse knowing they were a multifaceted and very unique band as opposed to the impression i first got, which was that they were good but just good playing loud songs such as my first exposure to them (s*** luck being that first song). So in my search for another Modest Mouse cd I picked this one for people say this is more close akin to the lonesome crowded west then later attempts. I still didn't believe that it could reach the standard TLCR had previously set but I bought it anyway. I was blown away by how diverse the emotion on this album truly is, listening to this album is like taking a trip through the human emotion with indie guitars, multi textured songs, eclectic song topics and quite possibly the most infectious quirky and less than mainstream vocalist since the days of the pixies, violent femmes and Dinosaur Jr. just to name a few. Every track on this album is no doubt easy to listen to and flows with the whole mood of the album, but stand out tracks are as follows 2,3,5,6,7,11,13,14,15,16, which is more than 75% of the album I'm aware but those are the tracks I find myself flipping to when not listening to it in its entirety. Over all this album is a great place to start if your getting into Modest Mouse, steer clear of good news for people who love bad news. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars fate brought me to it April 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After searching countless record stores for this cd I finally found This is a Long Drive... a few nights ago at Borders...BORDERS! I thought that nothing could top Lonesome Crowded West, and I was proved wrong. This is truly a masterpiece, each track is its own little world you can listen to countless times and still be lost in the amazing riffs and beautiful lyrics. Even if you're not a Modest Mouse fan (and if you aren't, something is wrong with you man) this cd is a necessity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Do They Do It? April 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
Will someone answer that? How do you come up with picks and riffs like this? And don't even get me started on the lyrics. It really kind of dissapoints me this softer, poppier direction they've done with Moon/Antartica. Hopefully Good News will be a return to the genius stuff like this.
Best Songs:Lounge, Beach Side Property, Exit Does Not Exist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars secret love April 8 2004
By Bill
Format:Audio CD
When I listen to this album I cant help but think that I am part of a chosen few who have realized its worth. I purchased MM's new cd today and I dont think it can hold a candle to this debut release. The brilliance of this album reveals itself after repeated listens. The intricate guitar work and arrangements are incredible! This is my favorite MM album by far, TMAA is a close second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stars look so Beautiful...TONIGHT!!!!!!
This album is possible one of the greatest albums in the history of music. This album grabs your mind like the talon of an eagle and doesn't let go for any mercy. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by George Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flow
When I look for a great album, I almost never single out specific tracks. Long Drive is such a good album that singling out tracks would do it an injustice. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey evertime I listen to it!! Guatarists Wet Dream?
I dont give a lot of 5 star ratings but this cd is absolutley one of the best, the guitar work is some of the most ecleptic I have heard. Read more
Published on March 12 2004 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
How can anyone bash this. At first it may seem odd and experimental. But once you really really listen to it modest mouse's catchy rifts and hooks really drag you in. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone likes dramamine
First off this is a great CD...
I have noticed that on some of the other post people have been saying that the first and last parts of the CD are great, which they are. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by "elicitbmx"
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a while...
When I bought this CD I had come here to see whether or not the reviews were great, and they were mostly, yet this CD cannot possibly compare to Buildinging Something out of... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Ganza
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is too much
Nothing is a hell of a lot to think about. Music by Modest Mouse is peerless, and not pier-less. Buy it, and dive in.
Published on Dec 8 2003 by Lovisa Gustaffson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey richie dagger...
While you're writing about how "Almost every song is a painful lesson in how to not put music together," maybe you could write about how not to write a split infinitive,... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by bean99
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