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Moon & Antarctica

4.4 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00004TTCJ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. 3rd Planet
2. Gravity Rides Everything
3. Dark Center Of The Universe
4. Perfect Disguise
5. Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
6. A Different City
7. The Cold Part
8. Alone Down There
9. The Stars Are Projectors
10. Wild Pack Of Family Dogs
11. Paper Thin Walls
12. I Came As A Rat
13. Lives
14. Life Like Weeds
15. What People Are Made Of

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With their interstellar (really!) lyrics and angular song structures, Modest Mouse tend to defy their self-deprecating band name. In truth, the trio's got some lofty ambitions, and The Moon and Antarctica indulges their grand dreams with pristine production and a vivid sonic backdrop. It also dives deeply into their geographical obsessions--always with the same subjective twists that made The Lonesome Crowded West and This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About such inspired wonders. Isaac Brock opens Moon with meditations on the universe's shape--all twisted into such a solipsistic tangle that they illuminate immediately how much these songs are about the mind as about the world. Rarely giving off the cage-jarring thickness of guitar rock, Moon's 15 tunes are shaped around vignettes of a disheveled head figuring out the rambling disconnections of postmodern society. Guitars wobble, Brock wails on vocals, and his band mates--Eric Judy and Jeremiah Green--help take each song away from any predictable formula and toward wherever they seem to want to go. This is a band as profoundly touched by suburbia as was writer Harold Brodkey. You can imagine Brock, Green, and Judy lying on wide-open lawns, philosophizing about the shape of the universe and coming up with lyric moments like this (sung to folky, spare acoustic guitar): "A wild pack of family dogs came running through the yard and as my own dog ran away I didn't say much of anything at all / A wild pack of family dogs came running through the yard as my little sister played; the dogs took her away, and I guess she was eaten up, okay." Replays of American Beauty, anyone? --Andrew Bartlett


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Format: Audio CD
On their major-label debut, longtime indie darlings Modest Mouse deliver an impressive effort that melds the best aspects of their previous albums into a logical extension of their offbeat sound. Fans of the Mouse will have trouble decrying their move to a major label, since they have certainly not "sold-out." Rather, this is easily their best and most cohesive album to date. Exploring themes of loneliness, desolation, and seclusion in modern life, The Moon & Antarctica weaves a dense, layered atmosphere that reflects these heady topics. Each track is quirky and completely unique, and when taken as a whole this can be considered the best "artsy" album to come out since Radiohead's OK Computer.
The album flows easily from the lovely "Gravity Rides Everything," which is propelled along by backwards drums, through the spooky epic "The Stars Are Projectors," before ending with the Fugazi-inspired heaviness of "What People Are Made Of." The lyrics, courtesy of frontman Isaac Brock, are just as impressive as the music. On "A Different City," Brock eloquently sums up television by growling, "They gave me a receipt that said I didn't buy nothing."
Every subsequent listen is guaranteed to reveal some hidden aspect of the music-like the sweeping cello and whispered vocals that create an arctic wind on "The Cold Part," or the delicate banjo plucking that accentuates the ballad "Perfect Disguise," or the frantic percussion that lends a jumpy, rush-hour feel to "Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes."
If all this doesn't sound the least bit modest, well you're right. But this Mouse should be bragging a little after an album this good.
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Format: Audio CD
First of all, to the major-label-cynical idiots, this album was originally released on Epic to begin with. The label it is on has nothing to do with the content, and the fact that this is their fourth proper album and an appropriate step in their evolution is the more important consideration to make. Moving on.
This album is absolutely transcendent. I listened to it when I first bought it about two years ago and had my likes and dislikes, but upon maybe my thirtieth or fortieth listen, the significance and meanings hit me.
Each song on this album is a piece of a greater puzzle. Sure, if someone tells you to buy this album and you go and download "The Cold Part" and "What People Are Made Of," you're not going to be thrown back in your seat. This is an album in the truest sense of the world, not a collection of radio-ready songs, and the imagery from the production and the sequencing on the album is truly amazing.
Is the re-release necessary? Very debatable, but I feel it isn't. The album's emotional and appropriate end is definitely at its original point, after "What People Are Made Of," and not after a retread of "Tiny Cities."
If you don't already own this album, do not hesitate to buy it, it is an album that fans of any type of rock music will appreciate and love, not just indie fans. If you already own this album, look at your wallet and see if you can justify $15 for average re-treads of songs you already know and love. Five stars for the original album, minus one for the value/necessity quotient.
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By A Customer on April 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
First off, let me begin by pointing out that I love this album; it definitely ranks among my top 10 and to this day is still on heavy rotation on my CD player. When a new, remastered addition was announced, I was initially intrigued---how on earth could they improve what was already a phenomenal album? The answer: changing the artwork and including four lackluster radio sessions. To my ears, there is hardly change enough to warrant the purchase of a new, second edition for those of you who already own the first. And this is a conclusion I've reached after comparing the albums side by side, on what is generally considered a top-notch stereo. Yes, some of the guitars are louder, and some of the vocals are more foregrounded, and some of the texture and nuance in a song or two is accentuated---but enough so to justify this release? Definitely not. For those of you expecting a new-fangled, much-improved record, you'll be sorely disappointed as I was, not only because it lacks any substantial difference, but also because obscure rarities from the M&A sessions---Calculus Man, for instance---should have been included. M&A is still a great record. It is so great, in fact, that this re-release seems silly and superflous.
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Format: Audio CD
Oh my, oh my - the smack that is being talked about THE modest mice as I write this simple text - it's truly a sight for a true fan's eyes. Now, please be aware, I do not spend idle time on webboards - but if you Google a certain phrase and you end up there - you may as well poke & peek a little. Situation the same if you accidentally stumble upon modest nudity - a couple of glances may just open up a whole new world. Like prison.
When The Moon & Antarctica was originally released on Epic in 2000, the junk was flying around the neighborhoods much as it is tonight: "sellouts" seems to be a big cry from many a critic and "used to be" fan. Punks. This here album is a work of perfection, so when I find out that it is set to be remastered & expanded only 4 years after it's initial release, I am thinking someone knows what the [edit] they're doing in major label land. But how could this album get any better? What needs to be tweaked that I maybe missed before? I sure could use a new copy of it, cause I have worn rings through my original - so let's check it out.
In an interview earlier in the year*, Isaac Brock stated that he has 'been "entirely dissatisfied" with the final mix & album artwork of The Moon & Antarctica'. Is it perfection you are seeking young man, for that is the work of the devil. I've listened to it, the remaster, twice (in a dark room, smoking white stones back-to-back with the original version) - and must be missing the big sha-bang. This album sounds equally as magical as the first time I heard the original 4 years ago, and I only hope that anyone who missed it the first round will now take the discounted opportunity to gather the etheral space that it holds.
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