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Good News For People Who Love Bad News

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Horn Intro
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The World At Large
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Float On
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Ocean Breathes Salty
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Dig Your Grave
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Bury Me With It
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Dance Hall
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Bukowski
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This Devil's Workday
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The View
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Satin In A Coffin
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Interlude (Milo)
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Blame It On The Tetons
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Black Cadillacs
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One Chance
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The Good Times Are Killing Me
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 48:38

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06.30.09
A reason to believe in your radio again
2004 | Label: Epic

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… read more »

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Iconic Alt/rock (For Me)

five4time

This was start of my alt/rock listening when I got XM radio and I heard "Float On" and downloaded the album and ran to it everyday for months. Others on here have trashed it but it holds a special place for me.

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Nope.

micahcf

This is their worst album since their experimental beginning. However, their next one, released quickly after is one of my favorites. It has Johnny Mar's influence on it. Mixing the Smiths' guitarist's influence into Isaac's newly refound anger creates some of the best MM songs since Lonesome Crowded West.

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just saying

Fizzle1110

if you are just here to get float on and are dissappointed to see it album only, head to their page; they have it as a single. other than that, great music

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One of the best from one of the best

RockstheCasbah

This album is very worth your time to listen to. In many ways their most accessible album, it nonetheless lacks the emotional/philosophical depth that has kept The Moon and Antarctica and Lonesome Crowded West at the top of my album rotation for years and year now.

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best ever

the5hemps

this is my all time favorite album by any artist. ever. period. download it, love it.

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Fantastic

masterchief44

An amazing album. Do yourself a favor and get it. There's songs here that will suit any mood - from frustration to melancholy to wanting to ramble, as frontman Issac Brock so often does. But here's the thing - it doesn't suck. Modest Mouse become more easy-to-love while still remaining an amazing band with this record. I've had this album since it came out in 2004, and always find myself picking it up again and again. An easy 5 stars. Key Tracks: "The World at Large", "Ocean Breathes Salty", "Bury Me With It", "Bukowski", "The View", "The Good Times are Killing Me"

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Way better

Foz3

Not as good as Moon and Antartica or We Were Dead... but still way more interesting and original than most of the s**t out there...

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Pretty good

jdubya

Don't complain because you can't just buy float on by itself. Do yourself a favor and get a whole album and listen to it the whole way through. I think you will enjoy it. It is a pretty good album. The tracks have variety and lead well into each other.

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This record broke my heart

iguessmusicisprettycool

Sad change of direction from one of the groups I respect(ed) most. Many of the songs are virtually unlistenable to me now (bury me with it, satin in a coffin, ect). Of the few good tracks, none of them stand up to previous levels of MM quality

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rar!

idiotheart

If you're feelin' honary, this is your soundtrack. I love a lot of MM - but I love the bounce of this album just fine.

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After more than a decade with Modest Mouse, Isaac Brock still sounds young and weird and searching, and never more so than on Good News for People Who Love Bad News, which follows the band’s meditative The Moon & Antarctica with a set of songs that are more focused, but also less obviously profound. The occasionally indulgent feel of The Moon & Antarctica allowed Modest Mouse the room to make epic statements about life, death, and the afterlife; while Good News for People Who Love Bad News is equally concerned with mortality and spirituality, it has a more active, immediate feel that makes its comments on these subjects that much more pointed. The band hits these points home with a louder, more rock-oriented sound than they’ve had since The Lonesome Crowded West, particularly on “Bury Me with It,” which embodies many of the contradictions that continue to make Modest Mouse fascinating. For a song loosely about contemplating death, it sounds strikingly vital and liberated; Brock delivers finely shaded lyrics like “We are hummingbirds who’ve lost the plot and we will not move” with a barbaric yawp; it’s nonsensical but oddly climactic, conveying how what seems trivial can be anything but. “The View”‘s angular bassline and scratchy guitars underscore the Talking Heads influence on Modest Mouse, but since the Heads have become a more trendy touchstone (mostly for bands with less creativity than either Talking Heads or Modest Mouse), it’s nice to hear how Brock and company take that influence in a different direction instead of just rehashing it with less inspiration. Feeling stuck is a major theme on Good News for People Who Love Bad News, but the same can’t be said about the album’s sound, which spans the forceful rock of the aforementioned songs, to the pretty guitar pop of “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty,” to the lovely, rustic “Blame It on the Tetons.” That’s not even mentioning the contributions of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who open Good News for People Who Love Bad News with the aptly named “Horn Intro.” They also add a theatrical jolt to the wickedly funny, Tom Waits-inspired “Devil’s Workday,” which along with the noisy stomp of “Dance Hall” and “Bukowski”‘s witty self-loathing, underscore that Modest Mouse haven’t lost the edge that made the band compelling in the first place. Other standouts include “Satin in a Coffin,” a creatively creepy mix of rattling bluegrass-rock with a tango beat that nods to the group’s backwater roots; “One Chance,” an unusually open and straightforward ballad; and the dreamlike “World at Large,” on which Brock sings, “I like songs about drifters — books about the same/They both seem to make me feel a little less insane,” once again proving that he’s a past master of lyrics that are both abstract and precise. Even though this album isn’t as immediately or showily brilliant as The Moon & Antarctica, Good News for People Who Love Bad News reveals itself as just as strong a statement. By drawing an even sharper contrast between the harsh and beautiful things about their music, as well as life, Modest Mouse have made an album that’s moving and relevant without being pretentious about it. – Heather Phares

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