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We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

Modest Mouse Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000NO1ZZW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. March Into The Sea
2. Dashboard
3. Fire It Up
4. Florida
5. Parting Of The Sensory
6. Missed The Boat
7. We've Got Everything
8. Fly Trapped In A Jar
9. Education
10. Little Motel
11. Steam Engenius
12. Spitting Venom
13. People As Places As People
14. Invisible

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Their last album may have given them a certifiable radio hit, airtime on VH1, and a Kidz Bop tribute, but listening to the follow-up to 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News, you might get the sense that the members of Modest Mouse are flinching at the spotlight. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, the group's fifth full-length release, is denser than its predecessor with tunes that seem willfully harder to penetrate. Even the addition of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to the line-up seems incidental, as Modest Mouse's off-kilter sound stays largely intact. But keep listening and it becomes obvious that the band hasn't lost any of his pop bite, especially midway through with a sweep of terrific songs like "Missed the Boat," "Education" and "Little Motel." It's hard to tell if there's another "Float On" in the bunch. In fact, the first single, "Dashboard," is one of the weakest Isaac Brock has ever penned. With Shins James Mercer adding lovely vocals to "Florida," however, it hardly matters. --Aidin Vaziri

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MODEST MOUSE We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sunk (2007 UK 14-track CD album recorded with Dennis Herring at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford Mississippi & sees Smiths legend Johnny Marr join the line-up of the American Indie rockers full-time including the single Dashboard plus 3 tracks with backing vocals by James Mercer [The Shins])

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another more than solid album 21 Mar 2007
By Mr. J. Milton VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's time to freak out.

In the privacy of your own home, on the bus surrounded by several OAPs, in the build up to the gig where the DJ finally plays a song you like, whatever situation, most of the material on this record, Modest Mouse's sixth, will make your mind explode due to high pressure, make your limbs looser, give you the confidence to go a bit wild.

80% of this is true.

Because chances are, after several listens, as the album gradually grows on you, you'll be shouting at a rapid pace the words "Somehow you will die someday and someone's gonna steal your carbon!" during one of the final tracks on this record, 'Parting Of The Sensory'. It's one of the stronger moments on this rock solid album, one that will disappoint some possibly, but if you're a newcomer to this band, or simply someone with an open mind, this album could take over your life in a matter of a week. And those lyrics that you'll be singing are immensely powerful, meant to be sung in groups of fifty. But if that doesn't happen and someone tells you to turn the sound down, simply state: "Sorry, it's just an impulse". Because chances are, this album will control your body in ways that not many others can. It could change your mood in a matter of 1 song, to a sinister yet joyous one, or maybe it might just turn you into a maniac.

It's the vocals of Isaac Brock that do it, his furious stance on the modern day comes across and gets in your head like you have a mind of a toddler, learning everything you see and hear instantly.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They've got everything! 26 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I must admit that throwing this album on for the first time was a bit of a nerve-wrecking experience as I have absolutely fallen in love with their back catalog and didn't want to be dissapointed.

Thankfully the first track is brilliant and catchy enough that all my fears were immediately eased. I did find myself listening out for which parts of the album were Marr's or Mercer's being a Smiths and Shins fan as well. However with the second listen it all came together perfectly.

The stand out tracks for me are Dashboard (single material), We've Got Everything (lyrically brilliant) and the insanely catchy Shins-esque Missed the Boat. Yet, like all Modest Mouse albums it can only be truly appreciated when listened to from start to finish. No other band around hold your attention quite like Isaac Brock and the boys.

The rapid changes of pace from crazed pop perfection to sleepy meandering riffage all held together with bizarrely enthralling lyrics can only be truly appreciated after multiple listens. I have only had this album two days and listened to it 4 times and I can quite confidently assert that if you were a fan before you'll have 14 more resons to love them afterwards.

If you've never listened to them, this is a great introduction to one of the best, most inventive bands around at the moment. A word of warning though if you fall in love with Modest Mouse then you better have some money in the old bank account because you won't be able to resist their other, equally brilliant albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its never too late 26 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
This was my first Modest Mouse CD, I have to say being a fan of Pavement and the Minutemen that this became instantly accesible. There are a few immediate stand out tracks but the more you listen to it the more it grows on you. I would recommend this highly. I have now gone into their back catalogue and purchased Good News for People Who Love Bad News and have to say I wonder why I never bought any of it earlier!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album, you won't be disappointed. 9 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
I came across Modest Mouse whilst working in America back in 2005. It was a song called float on, on the good news for people who love bad news album that made me love this band. I came back to the UK and everybody thought I was mad as I went out and brought every album they have ever released.

You can listen to this band over and over and you don't seem to get tired of it! This album is no disappointment and I personally feel it's worth every penny. Only thing I can say about Modest Mouse is people find Isaac Brocks voice an acquired taste. It's amazing that this band have been around since 1993 and its only now they are starting to be played on mainstream UK radio such as BBC radio one.

Get your credit card out and treat yourself to some amazing music, if you like it buy their previous albums as you will not be disappointed!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I played it twelve times in three days 25 April 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I came to this album because of the Marr connection having never heard Modest Mouse before. I didn't think I'd find an album as good as this ever again. I was wrong. Album of the year. I'll check out the other albums by Modest Mouse now.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... 22 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Modest Mouse have been around long enough now to know that you can't just write an album like clockwork every couple of years and expect it to sell just like the last one. You have to keep adding new things into the melting pot and changing or building on your style, only then do I, anyway, regard an outfit as a real band. I must admit I was a bit worried when I heard of the addition of The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, because frankly, it sounded a bit contrived.

Lucky, my fears were ill founded and that wasn't the case. And, coincidently, this is a brilliant album. Best tracks, for me, are the angry opener 'March Into The Sea', 'Parting Of The Sensory', 'Fly Trapped In A Jar' and 'Spitting Venom'. It amazes me how different this record is to 'Good News...' and that isn't a bad thing.

They won't ever have as much charm as they did in their early days, but they are far from comfortable and writing tepid, transparent music that many bands do once they reach this stage. If you like even some of Modest Mouses' old material then I would give this album a listen, because it's better than the majority of British bands' output at the minute.

March on!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable
I was not expecting to like this album. I'd only heard Modest Mouse's softer songs (like "Little Motel", and "The World At Large") and was expecting more of the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jonathan Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
This album is epic. I didn't know Modest Mouse before this one, and I had to check their work after buying this record. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Agnello Francesco
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible album
I joined the Modest Mouse party late, and probably have the benefit of this being my first Modest Mouse album. Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by Steven Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Modest Mouse has got everything
An incredible album by Modest Mouse, especially love the cd cover! Great energy, my favourite tracks are "Florida", "We've got everything" and "Education". Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by Linnea
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I stumbled upon Modest Mouse after playing guitar hero, and straight away loved them! I bought a few albums, but this is my favourite. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2010 by Charlotte
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excellent music - different to anything else and very catchy but also profound - try it, whatever age you are and whatever your musical leanings you're bound to like some, if not... Read more
Published on 6 July 2009 by Helen Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Originally I was looking to buy a different Modest Mouse album, "Good News for people who love bad news" because I had heard the song "float on" and loved it. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by C. J. Sandiford
4.0 out of 5 stars From Discordance to Delight
The only reason I bought this album was that I heard this was Johnny Marr's new band (and they were an act that I missed while at a music festival in Australia). Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2007 by Richard A
4.0 out of 5 stars A more accessible MM album
The phrase "it's a grower" sprung to mind when I first heard "Good News For People Who Like Bad News". Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2007 by L. Pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinking to the other side
With their last album, Modest Mouse came closer to the mainstream than ever before. They had an MTV video, for crying out loud.

Apparently that rankled the band. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2007 by E. A Solinas
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