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This Is A Long Drive
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Frontman Isaac Brock's claim that he's being stalked by his own alter ego was not the first bit of evidence that Modest Mouse isn't your usual pop band. Witness the entirety of this 1996 indie debut from the Washington trio that inspired a major-label bidding war. This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About finds Brock cruising with cohorts Eric Judy and Jeremiah Green (plus an occasional cellist) through a landscape of intoxicatingly original lo-fi tunes. Sure, Brock's early vocals make Nikki Sudden sound like one smooth crooner, but their strained quality offset the primitive elegance of his guitar work, giving a passionate vulnerability to "Breakthrough," "Custom Concern," and other treatises on life in the lost lane. --Bill Forman
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This isn't to say there aren't some good songs on here; Breakthrough shows an incredible ability to mix their taste for clashing harmonies with an infectious melody. The song Dog Paddle sticks in my head, as well. Once again, it's melody. The band has an uncanny ability to write catchy songs and maybe someday they'll put that ability to it's full use.
I really wanted to like this cd; from everything I've read and heard, this is supposed to be a wonderful album but I don't see it. I haven't even listened to the last 4 or 5 songs of it. For whatever reason, though, I still feel compelled to put it on every now and again...so who knows, maybe in a year or two I'll see what everyone else sees in Modest Mouse.
In all honesty, "Dramamine", "Breakthrough", and "Custom Concern" (tracks 1, 2, and 3) were on constant repeat in my car CD player for over a week before I even thought about listening to anything else, and even though I've moved on to the rest of the album since then, I think these three epitomize everything fascinating and wonderful about Modest Mouse. Moving from the trance-inducing "Dramamine" to the gleefully psychotic "Breakthrough" to the yearning country twang of "Custom Concern" is a disarmingly impressive flex of musical range, and these kids pull it off almost flawlessly.
Given the quality of "This Is A Long Drive...", it's suprising that Modest Mouse didn't find critical success until the release of it's follow-up "The Lonesome Crowded West". It's possible that because of this, "This Is A Long Drive..." has been excluded from indie-rock fans' "must buy" lists. Well put it on there mister, because you must buy this album.
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Modest Mouse changed my life. Well, that may be a bit of a hyperbole, but I am truly grateful to have been introduced to this band. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by quinn rodriguez
After searching countless record stores for this cd I finally found This is a Long Drive... a few nights ago at Borders...BORDERS! Read morePublished on April 25 2004
Will someone answer that? How do you come up with picks and riffs like this? And don't even get me started on the lyrics. Read morePublished on April 13 2004
When I listen to this album I cant help but think that I am part of a chosen few who have realized its worth. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Bill
This album is possible one of the greatest albums in the history of music. This album grabs your mind like the talon of an eagle and doesn't let go for any mercy. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by George Bates
When I look for a great album, I almost never single out specific tracks. Long Drive is such a good album that singling out tracks would do it an injustice. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by brandon
I dont give a lot of 5 star ratings but this cd is absolutley one of the best, the guitar work is some of the most ecleptic I have heard. Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by John
How can anyone bash this. At first it may seem odd and experimental. But once you really really listen to it modest mouse's catchy rifts and hooks really drag you in. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Ben
First off this is a great CD...
I have noticed that on some of the other post people have been saying that the first and last parts of the CD are great, which they are. Read more