I'm fairly new to modest mouse, favourite album is probablyGood News For People Who Love Bad News
, followed by We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
Found out after getting it that this is a b-sides and other songs EP. However, the quality is still very high. Out of the 8 tracks, I'd say 2 were decent, 4 excellent, and 2 outstanding.
Satellite Skin and Guilty Cocker Spaniels are an excellent bright start to the EP. Autumn Beds makes up a trio of excellent, though somewhat standard structure songs. The first of the outstanding songs, in my opinion, is Whale Song. Wonderful, intricate guitar, building to a chorus which then flies off into another amazing crescendo. I may be slightly biased, as the first time I saw MM live, they opened with this, and it was jaw dropping.
Perpetual Motion Machine is a nice song after the roller-coaster of whale song. That's followed by the so-so History Sticks to Your Feet - good enough, but not very interesting.
King Rat is the second outstanding track, and real Good News for People Who Love Bad News fare. A really different sounding song that is constantly changing pace, and an absolute joy to listen to. Incredible stuff.
The EP finishes with I've Got it All. Like History Stick to your Feet - it's OK, but was always going to suffer by sitting in the shadow of King Rat.
An excellent purchase.