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but Lonesome Crowded West is their best work. They really were on a stunning run of form up to and including The Moon and Antarctica.
The longer they take with this new album though, the more I wonder if I actually want it.
up to and including all their albums to date.
The p4k review's main criticism is 'it has other people on it'. So? I think if you didn't have the baggage and you sat down to listen to it with the 'classic period' LPs you'd rate them all highly.
its an enjoyable album with some great songs, but its not comparable to the depth and sprawl of the three before it. we were dead are the (not unenjoyable) sound of a once great band going through the motions.
Spitting Venom is maybe my favourite Modest Mouse song.
We Were Dead. Not fussed about Spitting Venom at all though, just feels long for the sake of it. Live I always wanted them to avoid it and play three other songs instead.
Killer band though and has reminded me to start listening to them again.
But no way are they on the level of these two, or The Moon and Antarctica, or Buliding Nothing.
Plus each is clearly weaker than the album that came before it, bar the odd track, and that pretty much confirms they're on the old slippy slide.
it's a great album but it's very raw and needs restraint, they did that on Lonesome, which is why it's perfect
though understand Lonesome Crowded West being other peoples favourite. However The Moon and Antarctica feels like their most 'complete' album to me.
Went a bit south after that, probably only by their standards though.
still love it, especially since it's got Trailer Trash on.
Long Drive is their best
but even of the lesser ones, they form a complete album, so it's fine.
Incidentally I never really got in Moon & Antarctica..
Really liked it initially, but it had begun to drag by the time I got to the end. Need to listen to it again a few times before I decide how it compares to their later albums.
as I said elsewhere, all MM records are long but this is the only one that justifies it, it just takes a couple listens to get there.
That middle run of:
Jesus Christ Was an Only Child - Doin' the Cockroach - Cowboy Dan - Trailer Trash
that and Beulah are some great 'walking into town in the late summer with a can of lager' albums.
i gotta dig that out now
who are Beulah?
start with The Coast Is Always Clear
This Is A Long Drive is very good too but a bit patchy.
this is the only one that justifies it imo
but there's an all-encompassing sadness that runs through those first two records especially that really makes them special. The Lonesome Crowded West in particular is a record so totally rooted in the place it was made, and in these ideas of wrapped up in the American collective psyche about the west being this terrestrial eden that's since been coated in utterly disposable consumer culture shit. just acres and acres of freeways and strip malls and subdivisions and parking lots and lonely people going from one to another. it's just beautiful.
"the years go fast and the days go so slow"