Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica (Cover Artwork)

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse: The Moon and AntarcticaThe Moon and Antarctica (2000)
Sony Music

Reviewer Rating: 5
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What can I say. There are few bands out there that can hit you with such originality as Modest Mouse. The band has a history of putting together great, diverse albums that really give you your money's worth. The Moon and Antarctica is no exception. It's 60-70 minutes long, and it's well worth li.
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What can I say. There are few bands out there that can hit you with such originality as Modest Mouse. The band has a history of putting together great, diverse albums that really give you your money's worth. The Moon and Antarctica is no exception. It's 60-70 minutes long, and it's well worth listening to all the way through.

The album is composed beautifully, starting with the poppy and easy to swallow 3rd Planet to get you into the mood for the rest of the CD. The next track is Gravity Rides Everything. This is another easy to digest song, but yet unique and incredible in its own right.

Sure, both of these tracks are pretty easy to listen to, but they hint at something darker yet to come. The Stars Are Projectors is just waiting to be played on the credit line of the right movie, while Lives provides a startling insight into any human's life. Frontman Isaac Brock manages to convey his lyrics in circular patterns that spin around themselves to convey a dark, yet somehow positive messages. In Wild Pack of Family Dogs, slightly disturbing lyrics are masked by a cheery guitar part.

I could go on for hours here folks, but really I can't do justice to the CD. Before this CD came out, everyone wondered how Modest Mouse would fare on their new, major label. Well this reviewer is glad to say that they came through for their fans quite well. A great CD, and a must-have for anyone who likes music.


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erff (June 4, 2008)

well since no one else is going to say it, i mine as well. the pixies only good song is where is my mind. everything else is shit. i like modest mouse alot and i know that the pixies are one of their main influences but i just cant get into them. broken face makes me want to stick icepicks into my ear drums.

waste_elite (June 26, 2002)

hell, the pixies are better then everyone. surfer rosa is one of the greatest albums ever released. still, modest mouse IS excellent in their own right.

Anonymous (June 24, 2002)

i bought this cd recently. it's growing on me, not my girlfriend though. some of my favorite cds are one's that grew on me like this one is. i think i like the pixies and dinosaur jr better though.

Anonymous (June 24, 2002)

Modest mowse r not punk!!!

waste_elite (June 21, 2002)

that comment about them never being able to make it to epitaph was sarcastic.

Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

"psh. like this band will ever make it on epitaph. lame- "

Isn't Sony's label bigger than epitaph? Oh wait, that's why the cool kids give them shit right?

relay1112 (June 16, 2002)

They're far more creative than Pennywise. But that doesn't mean everyone will like them more.

sockk (June 16, 2002)

yeah, they'll never be as good as pennywise or guttermouth.

Anonymous (June 16, 2002)

psh. like this band will ever make it on epitaph. lame-


Anonymous (June 15, 2002)

No?!?!?! My eyes decieve me! A brilliant record not getting abused for being '''un-punk'''??? This album is utter utter brilliance. For those of you who think MM aren't '''punk''', go download their older Dirty Fingernails. That will also prove how diverse they are. For me, however, this is their standout record. Stars are projectors, third planet and gravity rides everything are masterful

JOE_MOMMA (June 15, 2002)

I love you anananoumous.

Anonymous (June 15, 2002)

Exactly Joe, couldn't have put it better myself.

JOE_MOMMA (June 15, 2002)

Some things arent ska if theyre butts smell like a stale doritio

Anonymous (June 15, 2002)

Frankly I'm kinda puzzled by all this, how is this record punk? why aren't people jumping all over that? And of course this band sounds like the pixies, name a present rock band that in some way was'nt influenced by the pixies, you'd have a hard time. And as for drive thru, fuck drive thru... And supposedly a modest mouse song is in a beer commercial now, I dunno I never seen it, oh? what? what's that? that's old news? kinda like this album, hahah, if you don't own this album by now I sort of pity you...


Anonymous (June 15, 2002)

This sounds way more like a really boring Fugazi. Good, but not deserving of such a high score.


relay1112 (June 15, 2002)

I love all the comments about Modest Mouse ripping off the Pixies. Whatever man, it's one of their influences. I'm sure you could compare any band you love to a very similar band. You like the Pixies, right? So what's wrong with SOME of Modest Mouse's song sounding like the Pixies? MM is pretty original.

waste_elite (June 15, 2002)

this CD is fucking awesome...

still, that comment about Modest Mouse having so much more talent than any punk band out there is moronic. i mean come on, they are two completely different kinds of music. Fat Mike couldn't sing as "beautifully" (why would we want him too anyway) as Isaac nor do i think Isaac could pull of Mike's snotty punk vocals. each of these bands is good at what they do.

and remember this, musical proficiency does not necessarily equal good music. after all, punk was the antithesis to all of the arrogant guitar wanking and of the 70's. Ted Nugent could outplay Black Flag, does that make him better?
britney spears can sing more beautifully than Jello Biafra, does that make her better? i don't fucking think so.

with that bullshit out of the way, i have to say this Modest Mouse cd is really, really good. everyone needs to get this.

JOE_MOMMA (June 14, 2002)

If you compare this to something corporate, i'll strip you down to your underwear and spread ice cream all over you and then fart.

Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

Why are shitty Drive-Thru bands actually being compared to Modest Mouse??!!! Are you motherfuckers insane????!!! It's insulting to MM!!!

Modest Mouse are SO MUCH more talented than any punk band out there: NoFX, bad Religion, Pennywise. And before you start bitching, ask yourself this: could Fat mike sing as beautifully as Isaac does on "3rd Planet"?? Could Bad Religion pull off guitar solos as wicked as on "The Stars Are Projectors"? I don't fuckin' think so!!!!

And if you compare this band to Somthing Corporate I will strap you down on a table and hammer a twenty inch nail through your forehead, killing you on impact.

Buy this record and have a nice day.

Fuck Drive-Thru!

Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

Mmm mmm good!

sockk (June 14, 2002)

don't even try to compare something corporate with modest mouse.

Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

hahaha the pixies called, they want their sound back.

Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

I liked them better when they were called the Pixies

JOE_MOMMA (June 14, 2002)

Ive said im 11. So fudge you.

evildeadalive (June 14, 2002)

Brilliant album. Probably my favorite by Modest Mouse...

Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

I haven't heard this CD, but I might now. I just want to comment on JOE MOMMA's name...
C'mon, maybe in 1986 that name would be funny as hell, but it's been done over & over again. If you are over the age of 12, you should be ashamed of yourself for not being able to come up with a better name. You're just as bad as the uncreative fucks who think they're witty by coming up with stupid personalized licence plates. PLEASE, for the love of god, if you're gonna use some kind of "funny"(using the term VERY lightly) name on your posts, take more than 2 or 3 seconds to come up with one.

Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

Joe "i lick my" momma, get over yourself and stop leaving stupid comments.

JOE_MOMMA (June 14, 2002)

yeah but that CD was fucking boring. from the comments i read, this isnt.

Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

60-70 minutes long? i thought something corporate's 57 minutes was oh so excessively wrong

Sheena (June 14, 2002)

This CD is definately deserving of the 5 star rating. It's one of the best things that has happened to my CD collection yet.

sockk (June 14, 2002)

i bought this when national record mart was going out of business. and this is perhaps the best 7 dollars that i have ever spent. everything is expertly put together and it all has a real underlying feeling of sadness. but modest mouse doesn't feel the need to beat the listener over the head with it like some bands who're unable to do anything with any amount of subtlety.

JOE_MOMMA (June 13, 2002)

Hey scott what is indie rock mean? Does it mean ska cuz if it does this is ska!!!! gay ska ewwwwwwwwwwww

maverick (June 13, 2002)

This CD kicks ass, and is well worth 5 stars. Some of the most intelligent, innovative indie rock of the past decade.


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