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  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000NO1ZZW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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