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I have: Moon & Antartica
You recommend: ?
The Lonesome Crowded West
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
It's all pretty much essential. I love their early stuff, I love their later stuff. Great band.
I'd say good news for people who love bad news, then the early stuff. As Mr. Panayi says above though, it's al pretty much golden.
But I'd say Good News...is their best, I don't care if that sounds mainstream as f---. I didn't care too much for The Lonesome...but "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine" is a stand-out track from their entire library. Moon & Antarctica is great. And their most recent (still w/ Johnny Marr of The Smiths) No One's First & You're Next EP is decent. Gosh I wish more American bands were as good as them.
is essential. as is 'this is a long drive for someone with nothing to think about'. Newest two albums are good too.
also 'Everywhere and His Nasty Palor Tricks' is an interesting listen if you're into 'Moon and Antarctica'.
I wouldn't start with 'Sad Sappy Sucker' 'Baron von Bullshit Rides Again' 'The Fruit That Ate Itself' or 'No One's First and You're Next', I would get to them eventually though
Most definitely. It's not as flawless as The Moon & Antarctica was, but it does have Trailer Trash, Cowboy Dan, and Trucker's Atlas. Oh, and Bankrupt On Selling, which I have to mention purely because of its placement on my funeral list.
They have yet to put out a truly bad album. We Were Dead was weak, but even that had Education and Spitting Venom. Good News is probably the best access point, being a little bit poppier fare than the rest, while still maintaining a degree of their signature sound (see: This Devil's Workday, Bukowski, Bury Me With It), even if it did have a bright sheen to it. And even the shiny songs were great (Ocean Breathes Salty and One Chance remain two of my favorite Mouse songs).
I could talk about them forever and ever. There are few bands I truly adore more.
When I do, if I get Bankrupt On Selling, Trailer Trash, or Custom Concern... I'll lose my mind.
Ideally, I would kill to hear Trucker's Atlas, but only because that would be, I imagine, a drugged-out jam session bordering on Mars Volta status. And I like that thought.
It was all new stuff. One unreleased (at the time) track probably from the last EP, and only songs from the last three albums. And they barely went hard at all. I think "Satin in a Coffin" was the heaviest song they played. If they played "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine" I would have lost it, and to a lesser extent "Cowboy Dan". They didn't even bother closing w/ "Spitting Venom".
as they have never released an album that I would give below a 7.5 but Lonesome Crowded West is amazing, Long Drive is a paranoia drug fuelled outburst of paranoia, schizophrenia and depression.. which may take some getting used to but is incredible once you get used to it. Good News is their breakthrough album, with it's hooks and catchy guitar riffs... it has a couple of duds (Dance Hall is truely piss poor) but is really good and holds songs like Bukowski and Ocean Breathes Salty (or as I like to call it, the better version of float on) and We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank is the trick of all trades demonstrating a more upbeat dancey motive sandwiched between slower numbers... strangely the most like M&A, this is probably what Moon would of sounded like on a budget.
Building Nothing Out Of Something is my equal first favourite release by them, and that's a b-side collection... but it has some amazing songs on it.
Then check out everything else.
It was really fucking lo-fi, and had all of those Dial-A-Song numbers on it, but it also had Bird Vs. Worm, which ROCKED.
Oh, and Building Something Out Of Nothing had Sleepwalkin', which is fantastic, too. Oh, man, I need to listen to EVERYTHING again now.
...Never Ending Math Equation!!
I'll stop now.
I love it, but I'd always got the impression that it was generally considered to be their weakest — what with it having spawned a couple of hits and all.
it's my least favourite of the major 5 releases by them, but I still like it...
but I also am generally attracted to the cross-over stuff
i try to not listen to any albums with any hits on, they just make me feel very uncomfortable
the most indie thing ever said?
but both are really good - highly recommended. Think I'll need to get some of the older stuff too.
then reverse it
I would go the latest stuff first and work backwards