The lonesome Crowded West is the last piece from Modest Mouse I got my hands on after having spent the last few months just devouring the rest of their releases in disbelief. While over here in the UK everyone seems to be happy re-hashing over & over the same "garage rock" recipe with that not so fresh 60's flavour, it seems like the best things in contemporary music have gone virtually unheard. And it seems to be that way: you are a fan of Modest Mouse, or you've simply never heard of them.
Modest Mouse, probably the greatest band alive? Well, it doesn't take much to be literaly hooked & start having faith in music again.
The L.C.West won't give itself aways to you, like any of their albums, it takes quite a few spins to get used to the broken rythms & guitars, and Isaac's unconventional vocals. But the sheer power of his words combined with amazing lyrics make this a gem of an album. Well, like pretty much everything they've done so far really.
How often do you come across an album you can listen to in loop for 3 or 4 hours, with only the urge to swap it for another M.Mouse? what always seems to surprise me is the diversity and the amount of ideas put into each album, making every song just so goddamn special. Yes, this album's truly great. If you don't believe me, check the reviews on the US Amazon. If you've never heard of the Mouse, do yourself a favour and buy this, Building Nothing Out of Something, the Moon & Antartica, & This is a Long Drive (...). It should start you off, & you will sure be a happy bunny. This is simply pure raw genius...