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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: 7,589 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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2012
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I joined the Modest Mouse party late, and probably have the benefit of this being my first Modest Mouse album. Many people listen to it burdened by the preconception that it won't be as good as Good News For People Who Love Bad News [Explicit], or that they've lost their way since the Moon and Antartica.

I personally feel this is an outstanding album. Grabbed my interest with Brock's shouting and unusual sound on opener March into the Sea. This segued into the more radio friendly Dashboard, an excellent, catchy tune, containing one of my favourite lyrics on the album ("if the world don't like us, It'll shake us just like we were a cold"), for me, evoking a sense of how easily mother nature could get rid of humanity if/when we eventually push her too far.

Parting of the Sensory is probably my favourite on the album - a superb song of two halves, building to a superb climax, with an Isaac Brock take on death "Someday you will die, and somehow something's going to steal your carbon".

This is followed by the lovely Missed the Boat follows, another radio friendly song.

Next standout is Spitting Venom - again, a song in sections, which ramps up to a superb speed and energy after an initial quiet section, before giving way to a wonderful "trippy" (tried my best to think of another word for this, but couldn't!) section at the end, inviting you to float away towards the end of the album.

The album finishes very well - love the last track, Invisible - ("you're not invisible inside your car") - even though I'm surely wrong, I like to think it's about those people that pick their noses in their cars and think people can't see them.

In summary - a triumph of an album, whether compared to their other albums or not.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. J. Rhoden on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Milton VINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2007
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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