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Good News For People Who Love Bad News

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  • Audio CD (April 6 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 49.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0001M7P78
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 331 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Horn Intro
2. The World At Large
3. Float On
4. Ocean Breathes Salty
5. Dig Your Grave
6. Bury Me With It
7. Dance Hall
8. Bukowski
9. This Devil's Workday
10. The View
11. Satin In A Coffin
12. Interlude (Milo)
13. Blame It On The Tetons
14. Black Cadillacs
15. One Chance
16. The Good Times Are Killing Me

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It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment Modest Mouse started sounding like a real band. For the longest time, singer-songwriter Isaac Brock seemed to exist solely to defy the established rules, forging forward on sheer momentum and ingenuity. Even Pavement looked relatively ordinary in comparison to the band's early releases like 1996's This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and 1997's The Lonesome Crowded West. But on Good News for People Who Love Bad News, the frontman sounds like he's finally touching the earth, and the band--minus founding member and drummer Jeremiah Green--follows suit. A relaxed mood prevails, not so much in volume but in attitude. On the follow-up to the group's 2000 major label debut, The Moon & Antarctica, big sloppy melodies battle it out with brass on punky epics like "Float On" and "The Ocean Breathes Salty." The lyrics are simpler, the arrangements tamer, but the vitality remains. The prevailing mood is that Modest Mouse has pulled off something extraordinary here: a well-rounded, lovable record that doesn't sound anything like David Gray.

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It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment Modest Mouse started sounding like a real band. For the longest time, singer-songwriter Isaac Brock seemed to exist solely to defy the established rules, forging forward on sheer momentum and ingenuity. Even Pavement looked relatively ordinary in comparison to the band's early releases like 1996's This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About and 1997's The Lonesome Crowded West. But on Good News For People Who Love Bad News, the front man sounds like he's finally touching the earth, and the band--minus founding member and drummer Jeremiah Green--follows suit. A relaxed mood prevails, not so much in volume but in attitude. On the follow-up to the group's 2000 major label debut, The Moon & Antarctica, big sloppy melodies battle it out with brass on punky epics like "Float On" and "The Ocean Breathes Salty." The lyrics are simpler, the arrangements tamer, but the vitality remains. The prevailing mood is that Modest Mouse has pulled off something extraordinary here: a well-rounded, lovable record that doesn't sound anything like David Gray. --Aidin Vaziri


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By HG on April 16 2007
Format: Audio CD
The album's about death. We'll all float on? The common misinterpretation is as follows: "Modest Mouse sold out and 'Float On' is the signature track of their apostasy." There are two kinds of Indie-snobs: dilettantes whose entire purpose of being is to lash out at any act seeking mainstream exposure - sadly, this section of Indie-snobs are becoming more numerous with every passing year and Indie-snobs that actually understand music. I am neither. But what I can offer is the obvious. Lyrically and musically, this album remains true to the band's Indie roots. True, its polished. Which might as well be the apocalypse for those nostalgic for the days of Sad Sappy Sucker and Interstate 8.

Lyrically, Issac Brock deals with some old themes: death, solitude, movement, and stillness. The album is dark, profound, and has a coherent conceptual unity; once again drawing a parallel to the band's best studio album, The Moon and Antarctica (contrary to those who worship Lonesome Crowded West). This album, however, falls short of the near-perfection that was The Moon and Antarctica. Its good nonetheless, radio play be damned. "The World at Large", by the way, shows how far Issac and company has come since songs like "Broke" or "Bankrupt in Selling". They aren't afraid of trying something new - ostensibly for a new crowd.
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As a huge indie rock fan, you might be very surprised to hear that this is the first Modest Mouse cd I've ever picked up. I've been meaning to for years. Awhile ago, a friend loaned me a copy of The Moon and Antarctica, but I somehow got sidetracked and I never gave it a listen...but on a whim, I picked up this cd at the record store the other day along with Franz Ferdinand and the new PJ Harvey. This is definitely my favorite of the 3.
There isn't a bad song on here. Some are a little weaker than the others, but this is a very consistently good album. There are about 5 tracks in particular that really get stuck in your head. That many good songs on an album is hard to come by-but it's even more special when the other tracks arent' filler or throw away.
I'll definitely be checking out more Modest Mouse after this.
This is just an upbeat, fun, and easy-to-listen-to cd. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to discover this band. I think it's one of the best cds of the year.
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So you're a published reviewer. You get paid to tell other people what to think. Think your job is difficult? Try a self-degrading, monotonous service sector job where a permanent corporate smile is the only saving grace from termination. Love bad news? Here's some good news-- Pretty soon, we'll all be in the service sector, until robots drive us into complete helplessness. Good thing the freedom of speech is still legal. It's just too bad that some people who get paid to tell other people what to think about music are simply not up to the task. Case in point: Aidin Vaziri's review of Modest Mouse's new album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News. Now, I'm not expecting density and expertise from an Amazon blurb; rather, my expectations are pretty low, especially when the reviewer is attempting to define an inventive, difficult-to-pin-down band to the average music buyer. However, I might as well have placed my expectations in the gutter, down the toilet, to the center of the earth, especially when you take a look at the first sentence. Here we go...
[It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment Modest Mouse started sounding like a real band.]
Before you go around spitting out that kind of language like you're some kind of expert, define "real band." How exactly does a band go about sounding like a "real band?" Maybe a few examples of bands that are, according to you, "real," would help guide this argument, but as it stands, I'm losing sleep over the exact moment this realness occurred, and I've been a big Modest Mouse fan for about six years. I'm hoping that this review will tell me something I don't know. Maybe a "real band" can be defined as one that actually makes money for its record company?
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The boys from MM aren't getting any younger and as we all get older and realize that life is short and we only get "one chance", we tend not to hate everything as much as we did in our confused, ignorant and angry youth. Yes this album is softer than their previous which I grew up with but I would be embarrased as a MM fan to hear a new album that didn't grow up with them. The natural progession for many artists is to start angry and evolve from there. I expect everyone who disses this album because it's "not the same MM" is probably in their teens and early twenties, still angry at a world impossible to understand but wait til they reach 27,28.. then they'll realize that it is impossible to understand and everyone just needs to relax and not sweat the small stuff.. like a new MM album. Just let the new, fresh artists play with angst and let the MM boys age and experiment kids...
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First Modest Mouse I have heard, recommended by my daughter, who likes only selected songs. Hey, this entire album rocks. For old rockers like me, the new indie stuff runs the gamut from absolute crap to sublime. Some groups run both ends on one CD. Not Modest Mouse. Almost all of this one gets onto my iPod.

Modest Mouse is rocky, soft, jazzy, harsh, harmonious, discordant, and provocative in turns and sometimes at the same time. One thing they are consistently is innovative. Just listen to "Satin in a Coffin". All baby boomers who are not deaf yet should listen to this one. It's too good to leave to the Gen-Xers, or their successors.
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