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The Lonesome Crowded West

Modest Mouse Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B0000246FC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine
2. Heart Cooks Brain
3. Convienent Parking
4. Lounge
5. Jesus Christ Was An Only Child
6. Doin' The Cockroach
7. Cowboy Dan
8. Trailer Trash
9. Out Of Gas
10. Long Distance Drunk
11. S**t Luck
12. Truckers Atlas
13. Polar Opposites
14. Bankrupt On Selling
15. Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice On Ice, Alright

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You mean you can live without this? 1 Oct 2004
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Format:Audio CD
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...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the best MM album 11 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was briefly tempted by The Moon and Antarctica, but after many listens this is definitely the winner. Almost every song is packed with irresistible rhythms and riffs, a unique style and excellent lyrics to top it off. MM have a knack for choosing words with a satisfying natural rhythm/meter, a favourite example being "You move your mouth, you shake your tongue, you vibrate my eardrums; you're saying words, but you know I ain't listening" (but there are examples of it in almost every song).

At first the long, slow sections found in several songs (Trucker's Atlas, Teeth like God's Shoeshine etc.) put me off, but the more you listen the more sense they make. In fact, the way songs change gear instantaneously is key to the way MM handles buildups and release of tension.

If you're thinking about buying the album, listening to Doin' the Cockroach or Trucker's Atlas beforehand should soon convince you.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 15 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
It amuses me that someone calls this band 'emo-hardcore-post-grunge-core' in a different review, only to then compare them to Black Sabbath, because that really doesn't help anyone. The reason for this is that there really is no precedent for 'The Lonesome Crowded West', except perhaps other Modest Mouse records.
Modest Mouse, you see, are the type of band that only come along once in a while: a truly unique one. Sure, they've obviously been listening to the Pixies, Guided by Voices, etc. but that doesn't mean they sound anything like them. Modest Mouse are like Radiohead, Pere Ubu or indeed the Pixies in that they seem to care not at all for paying homage to anything that has come before them, establishing a completely new sound. To be honest, I'm actually quite glad Modest Mouse aren't more popular, because else it might catch on like Radiohead and the Pixies did, and then we'd be flooded with cheap Modest Mouse knock-offs, and that would just detract from what is probably the most exciting and interesting band in the last few years.
The Lonesome Crowded West is the sound of a band already at the height of their powers despite only recently having perfected their sound. Some prefer The Moon and Antartica, its follow-up, but I don't. The reason for this is that The Moon and Antartica lacks 'Teeth Like God's Shoeshine', without doubt the most bombastic album opener since... I dunno, 'Bone Machine' on Surfer Rosa, or 'Secrets' from Vs (Mission of Burma). What we're talking about here with 'Teeth' though is an almost perfect song, one which satisfies both the part of your brain that demands something layered and complex and the part that wants to be able shout along as well. Oh, and the part that hates anthems. Yeah, it's brilliant, and so's the whole record, really, just less so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality CD 7 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good quality CD that I couldn't find anywhere else - delivered within the time period. Although it would have been helpful to have it before Christmas, I didn't expect to get it so wasn't too disappointed. Very good value too!
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