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The Lonesome Crowded West

4.8 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B000003L26
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
2. Heart Cooks Brain
3. Convenient Parking
4. Lounge (Closing Time)
5. Jesus Christ Was An Only Child
6. Doin' The Cockroach
7. Cowboy Dan
8. Trailer Trash
9. Out Of Gas
10. Long Distance Drunk
11. Shit Luck
12. Truckers Atlas
13. Polar Opposites
14. Bankrupt On Selling
15. Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice On Ice, Alright

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The opening track, "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine," explodes out of your speakers with sharp, see-sawing guitars and shouted vocals, an irresistible melange of angular rhythms and mighty, powerful dynamics. The rest of the songs are similarly pulled along by some unseen force, driven by an energy found in classic post-punk bands like Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 or Drunken Boat. Some reviewers have referenced the Pixies, and while that's not off the mark, this is more like the Pixies undergoing dental work--without anesthesia. --Lorry Fleming

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Format: Audio CD
What's my favorite Modest Mouse album? Choosing between The Moon & Antarctica and The Lonesome Crowded West is an agonizing decision, and I might make a different choice on another day, but today the latter wins. I discovered Modest Mouse relatively late, but they have become one of my favorite bands. The thing is, I'm not sure why.

Like Pavement and Sonic Youth, the arrangements are unconventional and seemingly all over the place. It took me a while to see some kind of pattern in the chaos, but it was worth the effort.

The album opens with Teeth Like God's Shoeshine, and it's fairly typical of what is to follow. The song seems like three or four different tunes blended together. It's out of tune and a bit of a rant to begin with, but then it builds into something more. Heart Cooks Brain employs a totally different style, creating an atmosphere that's both eerie and compelling. Convenient Parking is repetitive as it bores its way into your brain, and you might find yourself humming it a few hours later.

Three tracks in and the album already feels like the start of a weird and wonderful journey. Lounge is a strange creature, opening with a funky beat before Isaac Brock rants over the top. Like so many Modest Mouse songs, it has a lot of recognizable phases, and it's never predictable or boring. My favorite track has to be Doin' the Cockroach. It builds slowly, with Brock making some interesting observations before the chorus kicks in.

"I was in heaven"
"I was in hell"
"Believe in neither"
"But fear them as well"

I could praise every track, but it's best if you check out the album for yourself. Notice the structure of the songs and how they employ space.
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Format: Audio CD
I've listened to this record continuously since it's release. It's brilliance was obvious back in the late 90's, but with each passing year it becomes more apparent how amazing and enduring this work of art truly is. It never ceases to blow my mind that a group of kids from Issaquah, WA made this album. Talent isn't even an issue. Of course they're talented. What's going on here goes way beyond that. MM is a truly gifted group of musicians whose individual contributions to the group add up to something somehow bigger than all of them. Even though I've heard every note of LCW thousands of times, I still shake my head in surprise and disbelief every time crank the volume to 10 in my car and floor it. Amazing stuff. I won't even get into what it's like to hear it performed live. You can't imagine.
Along with Sonic Youth's Sister and Daydream Nation, Cat Power's Moon Pix, Elliot Smith's XO and their own It's a Long Drive With For Someone With Nothing To Think About, Lonesome Crowded West is at the top of a very short list of albums that I will NEVER tire of.
It's probably been said in other reviews that this record isn't for everyone. That's true - but if it were, I don't think I'd like it as much. :)
Thanks again and again for a great record MM. See you at ATP03.
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Format: Audio CD modest mouse to the pixies. okay... isaac brook and black francis both have unique scream-y voices, both bands play distorted fractured yet catchy songs. but modest mouse's ideas on songforms and willingness to experiment is a big difference (don't take this as a bad thing for the pixies). most pixies songs were short compact and fit within conventential songform. not so with modest mouse, their songs are long epic strangely assembled with threading guitars working their way through. also, when have the pixies ever experimented as wildly with genre as modest mouse? they put in some surf rock on their later albums. they never used a turntable, or played with country, much less on the same album. now that THAT'S out of our way... i can discuss the merits of the album it's self. this album is best loud (well okay most albums are but this one benefits especially), a perfect soundtrack for teenage bedroom flailing. it's super long and full of energy the entire duration which makes listening to it straight through exhausting in the best possible sense. for whatever reason i rarely listen that hard to the lyrics in rock, so i can't comment especially on their merit but there's nothing embarrassingly bad in them that jumps out, and whatever isaac is singing about you can tell: HE MEANS IT, MAN! the chord progressions are throughly in the late '90s indie totally non-blues post-sonic youth polvo, built to spill style. i'm not a real big music theory head so i might be wrong, but the chords don't sound like any blues or metal or punk clichéd progressions. my favorite song: cowboy dan (but this might only be because i can play most of it on guitar). yeah i actually get a certain bored middle american parking lots and strip mall suburban depressing feeling from this cd which is good for me cos i can totally relate to that [bad] vibe living in a soulless place like that myself. end of ramble here.
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Format: Audio CD
I was flipping through my brother's CDs one night, and noticed this CD lying among the rest. Not really wanting to check it out at the time, I made a note to check them out later.
So finally, after a month or two completly dry of new music, I finally went out and got this CD.
Whoa, was I amazed.
Modest Mouse, has an interesing sound, the album started off with the jarring loud sounds of Teeth Like God's Shoeshine, and then moves into the softer, Heart Cooks Brain. By the end, I felt as though this album went through so many different genre's it was amazing.
Issac Brock's voice, which was jarring at first, has quickly become one of my favourite parts of Modest Mouse. His voice is definately an aqquired taste though.
Musically, Modest Mouse tend to be "punk rock" ish (And I've heard many comparisons made between them and The Pixies, but I've never heard anything by the Pixies) but they occasionally dip into a country western sound (Jesus Christ Was An Only Child) or a softer, sound (Heart Cooks Brain)
Definately a good place to start listening to Modest Mouse.
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