The Lonesome Crowded West ends on a note of comfortable abandon, with Isaac Brock momentarily shrugging off his existential questions for a well-deserved drink.
28 Feb 2011
“Bankrupt on Selling” manages its melancholy with an expert hand, making it one of the most moving tracks on an album full of full-steam heartwrenchers.
21 Feb 2011
If The Lonesome Crowded West is an album born of and fixated upon car culture, “Truckers Atlas” is the engine at the heart of it. Jack Kerouac, take a seat and learn something.
07 Feb 2011
"Long Distance Drunk" may be the weakest track on The Lonesome Crowded West, but it proves its merit when taken on its own.
24 Jan 2011
If The Lonesome Crowded West’s default mode is mouth-foaming anger, “Trailer Trash” is the wounded heart at the center of the album.
10 Jan 2011
"Doin' the Cockroach" seethes with frustration, its bursts of violence finally exploding into one of the most satisfying and exhilarating moments in Modest Mouse's career.
13 Dec 2010
"Jesus Christ Was an Only Child" has Isaac Brock indulging in his taste for roots music and Americana, providing an interesting digression in the flow of The Lonesome Crowded West.
06 Dec 2010
"Lounge (Closing Time)" finds Isaac Brock exploring the darker sides of romance and sex, coming up with a heady ambivalence that mirrors our own human experience.
29 Nov 2010
Modest Mouse reissue Sad Sappy Sucker and The Fruit That Ate Itself, both works that give an interesting glimpse into the band's early days -- and one definitely worth the time to listen.
18 Nov 2010
Corey Beasley kicks off a new Between the Grooves series here at Sound Affects that takes a detailed look at indie rock group Modest Mouse's 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West. In this first installment: "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine", a song of singular force that introduces Modest Mouse as a talent impossible to ignore.
08 Nov 2010
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