Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
Label: Epic – 88697 66156 1, Legacy – 88697 66156 1
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Album
Track A4 continues through the run-out groove and loops into a lock groove.
Includes a free download of the album
Uses the 2004 master but uses the original 2000 artwork
10th Anniversary Vinyl Edition
Released: 13 Apr 2010
Originally Released: 2000
Style: Emo, Indie Rock
A1 3rd Planet
Steel Guitar [Lap] – Ben Blankenship 3:59
A2 Gravity Rides Everything 4:20
A3 Dark Center Of The Universe 5:03
A4 Perfect Disguise
Banjo, Steel Guitar [Lap] – Ben Blankenship 2:32
B1 Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes 3:14
B2 A Different City
Keyboards – Brian Deck 2:55
B3 The Cold Part
Guitar – Greg Ratajczak 5:01
B4 Alone Down There 2:22
C1 The Stars Are Projectors 8:46
C2 Wild Packs Of Family Dogs 1:45
C3 Paper Thin Walls 3:01
D1 I Came As A Rat 3:47
Vocals – Chiyoko Yoshida 3:18
D3 Life Like Weeds 6:31
D4 What People Are Made Of 2:14
Guitar – Ben Blankenship (tracks: B4, C3, D4)
Keyboards – Ben Blankenship (tracks: B1, C3, D3)
Percussion – Ben Massarella (tracks: B1, B3, D1, D4)
Producer – Brian Deck
Violin – Tyler Riley (tracks: A3, B1, B3, C1, D2, D3)
The year two-thousand reminds me a lot of 1990. Various dance pop groups and a style of mainstream that has completely stangnated. Most of my interest with rock music has been waiting for the next Radiohead album. In spite of this I try to keeb tabs on the "indie-rock" culture, and pick up an occassional album I really enjoy. After seeing a couple of really favorable reviews of The Moon and Anarctica I decided to pick it up when released.
My first impression was that it was very good but now it has become one of very few rock albums in the past five years which have earned near non-stop rotation in my record player.
Modest Mouse is one of a very selective group to successfully blend all of the streams for rock's leanings into post-modernism. Basically its clear to that this album stems from the indie scene but has grown to be a bit more well-rounded.
There's a lot of Pixies pop-punk present but also a lot of Radiohead or Pink Floyd spaciness. A lot of the lyrics (which are brilliantly nonsensical) even have some kind of space theme going. Producer Brian Deck has done a magnificent job giving the songs an extremely detailed and dense sound while retaining the raw, bleeding, amateurish sound of the band.
In the end what makes the album is a strong group of diverse sounding songs that are seamlessly brought together for a nice cohesive listen. Many of the songs feature delicate echoey guitar lines, while others are impressively visceral punk outings. Thrown in occasionally are odd supporting instruments like banjo or violin. The songs are complicated enough to take a bit of getting used to but hold on up for obsessive listening.
Modest Mouse are all still in their early to mid-twenties and have substantial room to polish and complete their sound. Given that Moon and Antarctica is a near-masterpiece and my early pick for album of the year. Time to go check out the rest of their catalogue. Highly recommended for those who looking for freshness in their rock.
Modest Mouse - Gravity Rides Everything
Modest Mouse - Third Planet
Modest Mouse - Third Planet (Live)
Modest Mouse - Stars are Projectors
Modest Mouse - What People Are Made Of
"The moon and antarctica is one of the best cds ever made. Hands down."
Modest Mouse - A Different City
Modest Mouse - The Cold Part
Modest Mouse - tiny cities made of ashes