|3. Custom Concern|
|6. Beach Side Property|
|7. She Ionizes & Atomizes|
|8. Head South|
|9. Dog Paddle|
|10. Novocain Stain|
|13. Exit Does Not Exist|
|14. Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset|
|15. Make Everyone Happy/Mechanical Birds|
|16. Space Travel Is Boring|
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.
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.
Best Songs:Lounge, Beach Side Property, Exit Does Not Exist.
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