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Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West [2LP]




A1 Teeth Like God's Shoeshine 6:51
A2 Heart Cooks Brain 4:02
A3 Convenient Parking 4:08
A4 Baby Blue Sedan 4:03
B1 Jesus Christ Was An Only Child 2:36
B2 Doin' The Cockroach 4:18
B3 Cowboy Dan 6:14
B4 Trailer Trash 5:48

C1 Out Of Gas 2:29
C2 Long Distance Drunk 3:41
C3 Shit Luck 2:22
C4 Truckers Atlas 10:56
D1 Polar Opposites 3:28
D2 Bankrupt On Selling 2:51
D3 Lounge (Closing Time) 7:03
D4 Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice On Ice, Alright

From a contemporary rock music standpoint this album should not work. Strained, dischordant vocals, erratic changes in tempo, wacky and unconventional lyrics, and to top it all off a violinist?? Isaac Brock is either a mad man or a genius, I would estimate the latter. Brock successfully assembles this melange of eclectic and disparate rock sounds into 15 melodious and head nodding indie rock tunes. With clever guitar hooks accompanied by solid rythmn, Modest Mouse accomplishes what most indie bands can only aspire to: A fresh and coherent low-fi indie rock sound.

I can't tell you how impressed I am by this album. Songs like 'Conveinent Parking' and 'Doin' The Cockroach' highlight Modest Mouse's uncanny ability to deliver tight and often explosive indie-alternative music.
If you've never heard of Modest Mouse, or you've never listened to their music, YOU ARE MISSIONG OUT! I strongly suggest you give 'A Lonesome Crowded West' a try. It's the most cohesive and emblematic of the band's talent and style.
If you're just discovering Indie-alternative music this album will make you an instant fan!