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This Is A Long Drive

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Up.
  • ASIN: B000003L1P
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dramamine
2. Breakthrough
3. Custom Concern
4. Might
5. Lounge
6. Beach Side Property
7. She Ionizes & Atomizes
8. Head South
9. Dog Paddle
10. Novocain Stain
11. Tundra/Desert
12. Ohio
13. Exit Does Not Exist
14. Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset
15. Make Everyone Happy/Mechanical Birds
16. Space Travel Is Boring

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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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Format: Audio CD
To put it simply this cd surprised me. Upon knowing of the band for almost 6 years I decided to purchase The Lonesome Crowded West earlier this year on somewhat of a whim. The cd blew me away, it monopolized my cd player for a good part of two weeks before I could intergrade anything else into rotation. Growing quite fond of that cd I figured I would wade a bit deeper into Modest Mouse knowing they were a multifaceted and very unique band as opposed to the impression i first got, which was that they were good but just good playing loud songs such as my first exposure to them (s*** luck being that first song). So in my search for another Modest Mouse cd I picked this one for people say this is more close akin to the lonesome crowded west then later attempts. I still didn't believe that it could reach the standard TLCR had previously set but I bought it anyway. I was blown away by how diverse the emotion on this album truly is, listening to this album is like taking a trip through the human emotion with indie guitars, multi textured songs, eclectic song topics and quite possibly the most infectious quirky and less than mainstream vocalist since the days of the pixies, violent femmes and Dinosaur Jr. just to name a few. Every track on this album is no doubt easy to listen to and flows with the whole mood of the album, but stand out tracks are as follows 2,3,5,6,7,11,13,14,15,16, which is more than 75% of the album I'm aware but those are the tracks I find myself flipping to when not listening to it in its entirety. Over all this album is a great place to start if your getting into Modest Mouse, steer clear of good news for people who love bad news.Read more ›
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From reviews to recommendations from friends, I was assured that Modest Mouse was simply an amazing band and that I must own one of their cds. After doing a bit of research, I settled on this album. I've listened to it quite a few times..and I guess I don't see what everyone sees in this band. They specialize in discord: the vocals, the guitars, everything clashes against each other. Almost every song is a painful lesson in how to not put music together.
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 who knows, maybe in a year or two I'll see what everyone else sees in Modest Mouse.
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this album is an invigorating mix of catchy melodies, innovative guitar work, intelligent and unique lyrics, and an amazingly fluid rhythm section. everything about this band is great, and provides proof that there is still room for innovation in guitar-based rock. this album is a rough, sprawling, yet emotionally captivating masterpiece, with every song offering something new and different, and none of them filler. clocking in at over seventy minutes long, this is an ambitious statement for the wet behind the ears indie band they were when this album came out. amazingly though, the whole thing holds up, it's moods ranging from evocative rockers like "Breakthrough," and the magnificent "Tundra/Desert," to loopy and aptly titled "Dramamine" and the slower ballads like "Custom Concern." In addition to the strong songwriting, the musicianship on this album is incredible. both eric judy's bass playing and jeremiah green's drumming are inventive and unique, holding the songs together, managing to stay in that nebulous region where they are sloppy and loose enough to support isaac brock's peculiar guitar lines and rhythmic vocals, yet not drifting too far to the point where the songs fall apart. isaac brock himself rates as one of the unsung guitar heroes of the late nineties, having managed to forge a style and sound that is as personal and communicative as it is clever and and unique. he also deserves a great deal of credit for his inspired lyric writing and passionate delivery (even if at times he manages to sound like frank black's lispy bastard son). all in all this album is a masterwork from an incredibly talented band that has only grown by leaps and bounds with each new release.
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Did you ever buy one of those albums that, after owning it for a few weeks, you realize you haven't even heard 3/4 of the songs yet? Reason being, at least in the case of albums like "This Is A Long Drive...", you've gotton so much enjoyment out of just the first few songs you haven't felt a need to listen to the rest of the material yet. These are The Great Records, and I can count the number that I've listened to on one hand.
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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