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We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Modest Mouse Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank + Good News For People Who Love Bad News + Moon And Antarctica
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6. Missed The Boat
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8. Fly Trapped In A Jar
9. Education
10. Little Motel
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Their last album may have given them a certifiable radio hit, airtime on VH1, and a Kidz Bop tribute, but listening to the follow-up to 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News, you might get the sense that the members of Modest Mouse are flinching at the spotlight. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, the Oregon group's fifth full-length release, is denser than its predecessor with tunes that seem willfully harder to penetrate. Even the addition of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to the line-up seems incidental, as Modest Mouse's off-kilter sound stays largely intact. But keep listening and it becomes obvious that the band hasn't lost any of his pop bite, especially midway through with a sweep of terrific songs like "Missed the Boat," "Education" and "Little Motel." It's hard to tell if there's another "Float On" in the bunch. In fact, the first single, "Dashboard," is one of the weakest Isaac Brock has ever penned. With Shins James Mercer adding lovely vocals to "Florida," however, it hardly matters. --Aidin Vaziri

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4.0 out of 5 stars Modest Achievement. July 4 2007
Format:Audio CD
Compared to "Good News For People Who Love Bad News", this album is admittedly, not as astronomical. This said, how many albums live up to the quality the aforementioned album? Very few. It's an indie classic. For a band that has been around for so long, I am amazed they can put out an album of this caliber. It does not, by any means, live up to their former surrealism, and yet still manages to be a perfectly good album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alive and Kicking! March 22 2007
Format:Audio CD
Bought the album today after much anticipation. Fell in love with Dashboard as soon as I heard it and couldn't wait to get the whole album!! I'm sitting here listening to it right now and it's really fantastic. Different than there last album for certain. Solid beats, a rugged edge to the singing and once again, a uniqueness (quirkiness if you must :) ) to each song thats refreshing to listen to in this age of cookie cutter artists and songs. Its an album worth adding to your collection!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But... May 13 2007
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Two major themes of critics aimed at "We were dead.." are basically, (1) it is too commercial and over-produced compared to indie MM (along the same line as the criticisms of "Good News...") and (2) MM has not progressed beyond its excentricies (e.g., manic vocal stylings, jumpy medodies, quirky lyrics) and typical skewed (cynical + witty) view of things - see the Rolling Stone review, for example.

I partly agree with both criticisms, but -- not to sound wishy-washy - also disagree... Whether you like it or not, Modest Mouse had to evolve from its best CDs, Moon & Anartica and the Lonesome Crowded West... even if their evolution is not fully satisfying to early fans. It WOULD be great to see MM try a little less production for a change, and they DO seem a bit like they are retreading the past, and the themes and music of the CD do NOT always hang together (as the addition of guitarist Marr, is hit or miss or not noticeable)...

YET there ARE gems on "We were dead..." that are well worth the purchase and to sustain hope that MM still have a bright future... even if they may never (again) be critic's darlings. The fact that they were once is likely why current reviews of those same critics are often too negative - very hard to live up to!

So, compared to other MM discs I rate this as a 3.5 out of 5 STARS (but compared to most rock/alt. music out there is it a 4.5!).

Cheers from Motown south.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compliment to previouse albums March 25 2007
Format:Audio CD
After reading several reviews of this album I was afraid that it was going to be horrible.

Fortunately the music critics don't know what they are talking about. This album is not the same as there previous ones. To me that doesn't make it automatically bad; it just means the band doesn’t want to copy themselves over and over again.

WOW! A fresh album!! Horrible. It’s not a carbon copy of their other albums. Some people need to grow a brain and learn how to appreciate good music. This is not pop "music", its music for the non teeny boppers.

This album will be in my cd player for a while, along with all the other Modest Mouse albums.
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