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This Is A Long Drive
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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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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.
This isn't to say there aren't some good songs on here; Breakthrough shows an incredible ability to mix their taste for clashing harmonies with an infectious melody. The song Dog Paddle sticks in my head, as well. Once again, it's melody. The band has an uncanny ability to write catchy songs and maybe someday they'll put that ability to it's full use.
I really wanted to like this cd; from everything I've read and heard, this is supposed to be a wonderful album but I don't see it. I haven't even listened to the last 4 or 5 songs of it. For whatever reason, though, I still feel compelled to put it on every now and again...so who knows, maybe in a year or two I'll see what everyone else sees in Modest Mouse.
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After searching countless record stores for this cd I finally found This is a Long Drive... a few nights ago at Borders...BORDERS! Read morePublished on April 25 2004
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. Read morePublished on April 13 2004
When I listen to this album I cant help but think that I am part of a chosen few who have realized its worth. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Bill
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 morePublished on April 5 2004 by George Bates
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 morePublished on March 19 2004 by brandon
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 morePublished on March 12 2004 by John
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Ben
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Ganza