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Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment Modest Mouse started sounding like a real band. For the longest time, singer-songwriter Isaac Brock seemed to exist solely to defy the established rules, forging forward on sheer mome... more »
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It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment Modest Mouse started sounding like a real band. For the longest time, singer-songwriter Isaac Brock seemed to exist solely to defy the established rules, forging forward on sheer momentum and ingenuity. Even Pavement looked relatively ordinary in comparison to the band's early releases like 1996's This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About and 1997's The Lonesome Crowded West. But on Good News for People Who Love Bad News, the frontman sounds like he's finally touching the earth, and the band--minus founding member and drummer Jeremiah Green--follows suit. A relaxed mood prevails, not so much in volume but in attitude. On the follow-up to the group's 2000 major label debut, The Moon & Antarctica, big sloppy melodies battle it out with brass on punky epics like "Float On" and "The Ocean Breathes Salty." The lyrics are simpler, the arrangements tamer, but the vitality remains. The prevailing mood is that Modest Mouse has pulled off something extraordinary here: a well-rounded, lovable record that doesn't sound anything like David Gray. --Aidin Vaziri
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Scott J. from SEATTLE, WA
Reviewed on 7/23/2015...
Kind of the peak of the Modest Mouse career, and it's a really good album. Just not as groundbreaking 11 years later than it sounded when it came out ...
A truly disappointing record
John Carswell | Franklin, TN | 08/11/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS
MY RATING: 38/100
Isaac Brock and I would not see eye-to-eye on a lot of things; we view the world through exceedingly different lenses. However, as an artist, I nonetheless respect him, and really enjoy the overall sound of his band. I've been spinning Mouse records since `97 or so, and the first four years of the band's recorded output providing something of a soundtrack to the aimless nights of my youth. His early records in particular, though bitter and a bit twisted, bore an indelible melodic sweetness and sympathy underneath the rough exterior that belied a deep and unique soulfulness on his part. What I'm trying to say is that I speak as a fan. However, I'm sad to say that MM's fourth album is a monotonous screed of depraved bitterness and metaphysical angst, with the soul of it all and the sense of humor markedly absent. It's not like I haven't tried. I REALLY dig "Float On," and I chuckled when I saw it covered in a FORD commercial on American Idol. Similiary, "Blame it on the Tetons" is as pathetically righteous a track as "Custom Concern" or "Trailer Trash," so I gotta respect. But that's about it. "Ocean Breathes Salty" might have been a strong b-side, but it's just a bit too disonant to register as single-quality Mouse. "The Good Times Are Killing Me" sounds promising, but fails to deliver in the way "Styrofoam Boots" did on THE LONESOME CROWDED WEST. You can have the rest; there's just not a whole lot here to get excited about. A truly disappointing record.
2. The World at Large (3/5)
3. Float On (5/5)
4. Ocean Breathes Salty (3/5)
5. Dig Your Grave
6. Bury Me With It (2/5)
7. Dance Hall (2.5/5)
8. Bukowski (2.5/5)
9. This Devil's Workday (2/5)
10. The View (2/5)
11. Satin in a Coffin (2/5)
12. Interlude (Milo)
13. Blame it on the Tetons (4.5/5)
14. Black Cadillacs (3/5)
15. One Chance (2.5/5)
16. The Good Times Are Killing Me (4/5)"