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For a man whose mental stability was depleting while his legal problems were mounting, it's surprising that Isaac Brock's first words on the new Modest Mouse long-player are "Ice Age, heat wave, can't complain ... " By the time the wistful guitar is accompanied by sentimental strings and backing vocals, it becomes apparent that Brock set out to write something deliberately optimistic. This may not be such "good news" for Modest Mouse fanatics who crave the disassociated, meandering guitar and lyrics of a tortured white-trash sage that have characterized the band's past efforts. The thumping drums and driving melody of the first single, "Float On," are easier to imagine blasting in the middle of a freshman keg-stand than a brooding all-night drive. In fact, the best moments on Good News For People Who Love Bad News are sentimental summer jams.


For those who just want to hear the same ol' Modest Mouse, it's readily available throughout the middle of the record, albeit in a form so watered down only the lowest bottom feeders would find it acceptable. Brock's preoccupations are still God, Satan and the atmosphere ("Bukowski" and "The Devil's Workday"). But his limited scope here seems provoked more by a lack of something else to say rather than by obsessions so basic they must be expressed. Brock's signature cheap guitar harmonics ring false in the context of Dennis Herring's lush production, and the horn interludes seem completely off.


If it were not for album closer "The Good Times Are Killing Me," the record would add up to an amazing seven-inch with an LP of throwaways tacked on. The loose acoustic guitar and stoner bongos that turn into tight Flaming Lips fantasy orchestration epitomizes the thrift-store meets frat-row vibe that makes the standouts both poignant and universal. Good news for people who love Corona and sing-alongs, bad news for those who rely on Modest Mouse to get them through more than the sunny months.

  • Horn Intro
  • The World At Large
  • Float On
  • Ocean Breathes Salty
  • Dig Your Grave
  • Bury Me With It
  • Dance Hall
  • Bukowski
  • This Devil's Workday
  • The View
  • Satin In A Coffin
  • Interlude (Milo)
  • Blame It On The Tetons
  • Black Cadillacs
  • One Chance
  • The Good Times Are Killing Me
Architecture in Helsinki - Fingers Crossed The Slats Pick It Up

True, the music is more upbeat, but the lyrics are just as dark as in past albums.


Also, get the album name right. Good News for People Who LOVE Bad News. Not "like."


Critics generally don't like it when difficult bands become more accessible. Personally, I think it's their best album.


Album title fixed. Not my fault.

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best album love modest mouse

biil ham

it is one of my least favorite albums by them, but it's still good and i certainly don't fault them for experimenting with sonic moods and textures that may have been previously foreign to them
afterall, why would they want to do the same damn thing over and over again?

lyrically, i really like a lot of this album
yes, brock does typically recycle some of the same themes
but most of them are things that you question and think about throughout your life
it's not like he's a 30 year old lead singer of a radio-friendly unit-shifting pop punk cross over still singing about preteen shenanigans and heartache
give the guy a break
if you can't relate with his lyrics, that's fine
but would you criticize a religious group for singing about their undying love of god, or allah, or insert-your-deity in every song?
in a time when we are bombarded with the senseless rhymes and nonsense of crunk and the tacky romance of bubble gum pop, i think we ought to be thankful for brock

i guess the harmonics are debatable
personally, i dig the way he utilizes them
but love or hate them, they're part of his style

the horns were supposed to sound arbitrary
so your criticisms seem almost ill conceived
almost like you missed the concept altogether
to me, it seemed almost like an homage to the discordant vaudeville sonic landscapes of tom waits
but you are entitled to your opinion so if you honestly think that it was an accident and the dirty dozen brass band simply doesn't know how the hell to play in key, then so be it

bottom line,
you're trying to sound like some sort of pretentious music afficionado without really attempting to understand or appreciate what he was going for
if you're looking for some sort of recreational hobby through which to strengthen your self esteem and asuage your intellectual insecurities, then do cross word puzzles, watch jeopardy, study a dead language
don't sit and bitch about music that you clearly don't understand
it's a waste of our time and yours


He Owned your ass


this lame review couldn't be further from the truth and does this album no justice whatsoever. I have only grown to love this album (and modest mouse) the more and more i hear it. And thats saying something. You seem to have hit you're head went into a coma and snapped out of it, just in time to hear the last song and write your review. Shame. Also go ahead and get you're panties in a twist about how popular the band is now.. but ultimately it hasn't changed their style and hopefully will refresh a sheepish mainstream.


Isaac Brock is an extremely talented musician and just because there's a change in sound from the earlier records doesn't mean this album isn't filled with great music. As much as you may have wanted to hear the unique and raw sound of their older stuff, you can't deny that this album is an excellent one. Although a change from past stuff, this music is still just as creative and original


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