Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

March 16, 2007 at 11:22 am (Modest Mouse, mp3s, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank)


I’m late to the party, I know. But back in February, did you really need to read another post about Modest Mouse? So now that all the post-leak hype has faded from both of our minds, it’s finally safe for me to do a write up on We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank.

Is it better than Good News? Absolutely. Is it better than The Moon & Antarctica. No. Personally, I think that TM&A will always stand as Modest Mouse’s crowning achievement. And that’s not really a bad thing, considering how amazing TM&A was. But WWDBTSES is still a damn (annoying to type) good album. At it’s best, it recalls the good old days, before Modest Mouse songs were sung on American Idol, and at it’s worst, it’s just reminiscent of the low points of Good News. While Johnny Marr, former Smiths guitarist and new member of Modest Mouse, doesn’t revolutionize Modest Mouse’s he does build on it. Everything sounds a little sharper a fuller. And while I’m admittedly a fan of angry-screamy Brock (which, by the way, is particularly spectacular on ‘Parting Of The Sensory’), it’s nice to see slower, sweeter songs like ‘Little Motel’ return to his palette. Overall, I think We Were Dead will go down as a good point in Modest Mouse’s history; I know I sure can’t wait ’till Tuesday.

Modest Mouse – Parting Of The Sensory.mp3
Modest Mouse – Little Motel.mp3
Modest Mouse – Steam Engenius.mp3

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  1. Jad said,

    Agreed. WWDBTSES is pretty great, but it really can’t rival TM&A. Cheers for the review.


  2. Jimmy said,

    I’ve only (as of yet – I figure that I’ll probably go out and buy the album this morning) heard Steam Engenius and Dashboard, but SE seems so far to be making up for Dash’s obvious mirroring of that wretched Float On thing.
    Commentary: Not sure that TM&A was the BEST album, but then I’m a huge fan of the insane collection of half-complete ramblings that is Sad Sappy Sucker. In the end, I just hope that We Were Dead… isn’t covered by Kidz Bop. (I mean, come ON.)

    Last thing – hate with grammar, son – “it’s” means “it is” (it’s a contraction). “Its” is the possessive form of the pronoun “it.” (I don’t mean to be a total dick – it’s a good review, otherwise.)

  3. damian said,

    album is great no sense in tryin to compare to other issac changes and stays the same so much u cant really compare them. all in all its a great album hope to see the band live soon

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