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5.0 out of 5 stars You mean you can live without this?, 1 Oct. 2004
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This review is from: The Lonesome Crowded West (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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, 15 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Lonesome Crowded West (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. It's a bit like all the other songs are just little bits of 'Teeth' expanded upon into whole songs, although in reality they're almost just as good- the album's not really about songs in the same way a pop album is. All the songs are good, but they work much better as a unified whole (as does Moon And Antartica), except with The Moon And Antartica you have Modest Mouse contemplating all the mysteries of the universe. Here you have them on some sort of roadtrip across the midwest. It's compelling stuff.
It dawns on me that I haven't actually told you much about what Modest Mouse sound like. But I can't. You'll have to hear them to truly know, anyway. All I'm saying is that if you consider yourself as fan of good music- and yes I know pretty much everyone does, but I mean if you really RESPECT your musical taste, then you will love this album. And, if in doubt you can just download a song or two off the internet. It's not hurting anyone if you wouldn't have bought it anyway. Serves them right for not playing it on the radio. But enough complaining about the contradictions present in our attitudes towards intellectual properties in the music business. Here are some instructions to finish: 1. Buy The Lonesome Crowded West. 2. Enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely the best MM album, 11 Oct. 2006
This review is from: The Lonesome Crowded West (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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4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed a little by the consistently frantic vocal attack but ..., 16 Jan. 2015
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Started as a long-time devotee so expectations high. Disappointed a little by the consistently frantic vocal attack but that does go with the territory. Lots of mousisms to enjoy, great lyrics alongside lazy ones, contrasts and contradictions everywhere, different to the rest of the music world and thought provoking even when obscure.

Great band - good album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality CD, 7 Jan. 2011
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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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a good album for people who like good music, 11 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: The Lonesome Crowded West (Audio CD)
in regards to this album, my feelings are like kittens, indeed i am just giving them away.
we all know that MM are fantastic. they are unique, their sound repeatedly changes and it is probably impossible to be bored by them in anyway.
so, the sound is fab, but what about the lyrics? this is the reason i think that MM are SOOOO genius. their choice of words and phrases is insurpassable. they are poetic, they are humerous, they are always spot on and always make you wish that you had thought of phrasing something in such a great way.
maybe this rambling nonsense makes me sound retarded, but im not. i just think that MM are so great i am short of words to describe them accurately.
buy this album. buy them all. listen to them but make sure you, at some point, pay very close attention to the lyrics because they are worth paying attention to (people rarely do in my experience).
so, lets all have another orange julius while we listen to the lines:
"out of gas, out of road, out of car i dont know how im gonna go. i had a drink the other day, my feelings were like kittens i was giving them away".
i wish i had written that, and if you don't agree then ...
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what can i say?, 9 Mar. 2005
This review is from: The Lonesome Crowded West (Audio CD)
firstly, for the self concious person in me, forgive the public name. dont label me as an idiot young kid, just its been a while since i've done this.
All I have to say about this is that its my favourite album in the world. The Moon and Antarctica is a more well put together album ( reminiscent to me to OK Computer, for perfection), but for me, the LCW has the stronger songs. I could write for pages about why I regard Modest Mouse as the best, but its probably better to form your own opinion. Modest Mouse changed how I viewed everything.
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2 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emo-hardcore-post-grunge-core, 14 Nov. 1999
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This review is from: The Lonesome Crowded West (Audio CD)
Strange disfunctional guitar styling and powerful dymamics. This band varies from emo-core to straight out hardcore stylings, think jello biafra singing softly to refused voacals and black sabbath gone disfunctional.
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