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This is the one, people, the album that made Modest Mouse one of the most unlikely crossover cases in recent memory. It's not that their songs aren't solid; it's just that the band's fourth album is just as haunted by demons and derelicts as the rest of Isaac Brock's oeuvre. Oh sure, "Float On" is a certified windows-down, speakers-up anthem, suitable for summer drives and backyard barbecues, but it's a ruse, really, a candy-coated gateway drug to a disc that's dark and delightful.
Beginning with a horn blast from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (see also: the wailing backdrop of "This Devil's Workday"), this one's a strange trip indeed, as the group whips out wood nymph whistles ("The World At Large"), hammerhead hooks ("Bury Me With It," "Black Cadillacs") and twitchy, wild-eyed tributes to Tom Waits ("Dance Hall") and Talking Heads ("The View"). And, hey, if you've been here since the beginning, rest assured that "The Good Times Are Killing Me," "Bukowski" and "Blame It On the Tetons" are vintage Modest Mouse at its very best.
Talk about modern rock that's actually modern — a reason to believe in your radio dial again, if only for a track or…