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Modest Mouse ~ Building Nothing Out Of Someth
Loneliness, boredom, and random observations have been at the heart of Modest Mouse's skewered musical universe through all their releases. The Issaquah, Washington-born trio has also been able to spin very-long-playing albums that catered to the group's core obsessions, with both its full-length Up Records releases--This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and The Lonesome Crowded West clocking in at more than 70 minutes in length. So it's refreshing to hear this supremely odd rock band at its most economical. Building Nothing Out of Something catches singles, compilation tunes, and more--none of which were ever intended to be sequenced as an album. As a narrative whole, the singles take on a visionary quality, discerning worldly, bent revelations in the everyday world. The swervy vocals that Isaac Brock has made his trademark sound as languidly distressed as ever, stricken by marvel and ghastly awakenings in equal measures. The music serves Brock well, sounding wobbly and sturdy at once, as if it barely teeters on chaos's brink at a variety of mostly midtempo paces. "Never Ending Math Equation," "A Life of Arctic Sounds," and "Other People's Lives" play the most stoutly, with the tonally clean guitars breaking across all the angular phrasings and rhythms Modest Mouse thrive on while Brock's voice goes from warpy drollery to exasperated wail in the face of his task as a singer and writer. --Andrew Bartlett
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they played four songs from "building something...", a cd which includes many of my favorite mm songs. when they played "interstate 8" halfway through, i figured i could leave the club and live a sated life or die a happy death for having heard it live.
but i'm writing from the perspective of a kill-for-their-honor fan. for those who don't know...
this cd would be a great starting point. i don't know where all these songs were culled from, but they did a fantastic job. this compilation is variously viewed as "greatest hits", "also rans", "hey, these are good too". whatever. in short, it's a great introduction to the skewed, raw world of mm. while some people "get it" immediately, for others it may take awhile to fold into the sometimes obtuse ("baby blue sedan") and sometimes hard reality ("grey ice water") of isaac brock's lyrics. the band's music is another thing altogether, what with guitar work that slaps you into listening if your mind wanders and the extraordinary drumming of jeremiah green.
modest mouse is an often overlooked aural treat. while i enjoy that fact, i'm sure the boys in the band would appreciate more ears. and they surely deserve it.
Most recent customer reviews
My introduction to modest mouse was the deliciously strange EP, "Everywhere and his Nasty Parlour tricks" which I took a while to warm up to. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Kazwailah
This is another amazing album from modest mouse. It's a collection of B-sides and rare tracks but you wouldnt know that because the quality of these songs is breath taking. Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by Chase
This is my favorite Modest Mouse cd, mostly because it deals with a lot of personal views or problems or any of the likes. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Ganza
From the first song on this album to the last, this is one of Modest Mouse's finest compilations. It takes a few listenings to get into it, but once you do, you will hear this... Read morePublished on April 9 2003
This is an awesome album to get started on Modest Mouse. Listen to the whole CD once or twice and you'll want to listen to it over and over again. Awesome mood music. BUY IT! Read morePublished on March 25 2003
These days everyone seems to be desperate with giving every shred of innovative music a name. This and that is punk and not punk. so and so is indie but wait oh no this indie Rock. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2002 by Matt
Some Indie fans need to get their heads on straight. Forget the Pixies. Forget Sonic Youth. Forget My Bloody Valentine. Forget Pavement. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002 by RaGS
If you still don't think that Modest Mouse is one of the best "indie" bands in existence, then Building Nothing Out Of Something should convert you. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2002 by Paul H.
I got this cd a few years ago and still absolutely love it. This is the only cd's I'm able to leave in my cd player for days/weeks. Read morePublished on July 16 2002