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We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Modest Mouse Audio CD
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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 Five Stars July 14 2014
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Great CD from a very underrated band. I wish they would release some new material.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Score 4.5, an excellent followup Jan. 8 2011
By Brian Ashe TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the second Modest Mouse I've heard, since my daughter introduced me to them. Not quite as good as Good news, but not far off. I don't see any weak beginning. This album starts oddly, continues to be odd, and finishes oddly. Superb! Anyone who likes music in the rock tradition but out of the (pop/metal/industrial/blues/orchestral) tradition will find this album as interesting as Good News.

There is always a problem with following up a success. People expect either the same thing, or more flash but along the same lines. Also, you've heard this absolute new sound. Not so new the second time around.

But listen to this one by itself. Forget the first one while listening carefully to this. It rocks! Good melodies, fractured as they are. Good bass lines, also fractured. Fine percussion. Voices in harmony (not). This is not a sellout album. Great music. Keep on rockin'.
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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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