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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bitterly beautiful, 5 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Hollow (Audio CD)
What to say....i was really suprised at how good this album is! The acoustic singer/songwriter is very bitter about love and friends, and wraps it up in wonderful acoustic, slow burning songs, hinting at alt. country but more Elliott Smith to him than Ryan Adams. Some have a bit of bite to them, others just wonderful melodic... Highlights would have to be the wonderful title track and opener "Hollow", which is short but fingerpicked brilliance (sounds very like Elliott Smith), whilst "Serves You Right" is one of these songs that is completley simple but amazingly good, in the same vein that Lennon could conjure something from the simplest chords. A very rare find but a debut that surely can't be overlooked. Nothing new but nothing ordinary...

The Moon & Antarctic
The Moon & Antarctic

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars epic emptyness, 6 Aug. 2001
This review is from: The Moon & Antarctic (Audio CD)
Modest Mouse have produced what should be classed a modern masterpeice with The Moon and Antarctica. The themes of emptyness and bleakness from previous albums has moved into the greater scale with this effort as their more expansive sound allows the band, mainly Issac's guitar sounds being twisted, which sucks you into there music even more than before. Most songs start with thin sounding guitar picking with delay and reverb, haunting melodies leading into Issac's biting vocals as the the drums rummble in with unorthadox rythms along with the bass. Some songs include violin which adds to epicness of Dark Center Of The Universe, The Cold Part and The Stars Are Projectors. Taking the first song the lyrics, "The universe is shaped exactly like the earth, if you go straight along enough you'll end up where you were" and "Everything that keeps them together is fallng apart, I got this thing i consider my only art of fucking people over" shows Issac's self bitterness and the themes of the album. The beck style Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes with its thumping bass line and electronic influences is a suprise first time round but is excellent. It merges into the biting and vicous intro to A Different City, a favorite off the album and similar to their earlier work. This is a true indie rock song and continues the speed of the first section of the CD until The Cold Part ebbs in and pulls you back down into your chair. The slower melodic section of the CD starts from this song until the epic Stars....soars in. The beauty of that songs seems to last forever until the little acoustic dittie Wild Pack Of Family Dogs makes you both laugh a little and think alot about its meaningful lyrics. The final songs on the album are excellent with mellow songs up until the final track which shakes you awake just as you are falling asleep. I havent found an album as good as this in a long while and is highly recommended. Genious lyrics and a fantasic mix of distored, folky and delayed guitar with excellent drumming make this one of my favourite albums.
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