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The Lonesome Crowded West
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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|
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I can't really add to what all the other reviewers have said.
A brilliant album.
It's amazing that MM has created so many fine works of art that are so varied in their... Read more
I listened after loving "from the moon to antarctica" album which I happened to hear before this. I didn't immediatly get into this and remember always skipping track #1, which I... Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2007 by Cary Brenson
It is a rare thing, indeed that a band issues a debut that not only defies convention, but also defines a sound; Lonesome Crowded West, by Modest Mouse, at the very least, does... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by D.L. Combs
After being introduced to MM through "The Moon and Antarctica", I bought this release and was confused. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Moishe
Isaac Brock is a pure genius. On this album, there is a wide variety of music. From the 10 minute-long "Truckers Atlas" to "Cowboy Dan" to the fiddle in... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Kevin
this album stood as my audible bible for maybe 7 years +. its nice to see modest mouse getting massive recognition for their new stuff. Read morePublished on May 24 2004
The Lonesome Crowded West is by far the best Modest Mouse cd. I recomend buying "This is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about" also.Published on May 19 2004 by Oh Yeah
Albums such as this one keep my spirits up after hearing another radio friendly single by ham-fisted plodders like Nickleback. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by MacGruder
I applaud bands who try to nonconform and be unique.. But this is just horrible.. While I am not an avid modest mouse fan, I do enjoy some of their stuff.. Read morePublished on April 25 2004