🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Modest Mouse

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The Doors close on 2.89

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
MF DOOM 4.01
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Idlewild 3.42
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
The Doors 2.89
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Rancid 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

Today; Modest Mouse!


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  • This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About
  • The Lonesome Crowded West
  • The Moon & Antarctica
  • Good News For People Who Love Bad News
  • We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
  • Strangers To Ourselves

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  • Broke
  • A Life Of Arctic Sounds
  • Birds vs. Worms
  • Other People’s Lives
  • Never Ending Math Equation
  • Heart Cooks Brain
  • Float On
  • Ocean Breathes Salty
  • Dashboard
  • Missed The Boat
  • Satellite Skin
  • Autumn Beds
  • Perpetual Motion Machine
  • White Lies, Yellow Teeth
  • Too Many Fiestas For Reuben
  • Lampshades On Fire
  • The Best Room
  • The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
  • Of Course We Know
  • Poison The Well
  • Ice Cream Party

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5 up to moon and Antarctica. 2 since. Round it to a generous 4.
Lonesome crowded west is so, so good. Going to have a listen today. Teeth like God’s shoeshine might be my favourite ever album opener


They’ve always left me completely cold despite being the sort of thing that I would normally like. Doubtless I need to give them more of a try but I’ve never really felt the impetus to do so. I know lots of people on here love them but I don’t see it for some reason. They’re obviously not ‘bad’ though. 2.5 rounded down to 2 as plenty of others will make up the slack.


Meh/5. Never really got on with them like I should do. They seem like the type of band I should love, but I just haven’t clicked with them


Adding my voice to the ‘should like them but don’t really’ pile. I bought Good News… when it came out cause Float On is great and I enjoyed it but I haven’t listened to it in years and everything else I tried of theirs before and after has left me cold. 2 maybe.

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Huge, huge 5. This is a Long Drive, Lonesome Crowded West and The Moon and Antarctica is an incredible opening trio, the Lonesome Crowded West is one of the great epic albums.

Think their “decline” is hugely exaggerated too, Good News and We Were Dead are both really good and even the last one had lots of good stuff. Loads of good stuff on the early EPs too.


If good news… Wins the album poll I’m closing the boards for an hour


How good are they? Modestly good. (3)

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While it’s their fourth best album, it’s still a very strong 4/generous 5 imo.

Gone for a 4, I like everything up to Good News, the rest leaves me a bit cold.

Lonesome Crowded West is so so good though. Fave song off it, and the way it 1-2’s with Trailer Trash is so good.

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I saw them live once and it was a really excellent gig which is basically why they’re a 3 not a 2.

Absolutely loved them when I was at uni and saw them live a fair few times (why did I used to see the same band multiple times on the same tour? What a waste of money) but never go back to listen to them now. Used to be brilliant lyrically though. 3

This used to be the last song I played before I was about to go on a night out


Gone for a 4. Lonesome and Moon & Antarctica are great. Probably being a bit more generous as the TV and mine’s first dance at our wedding was float on.

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Nailed on 4. Lonesome Crowded West and Moon and Antarctica are flat-out masterpieces, Good News and We Were Dead are less good but still have their charms. Float On is probably their worst song.

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There’s a great Pitchfork documentary on YouTube.


I know everyone loves their earlier stuff but i really like that Pirate ship album they did with Johnny Marr


Easy 5 for me. I was about 16 and I’ll never forget the first time I heard Dramamine and to this day it still gives me chills. They are one of those comfort bands for me

thanks for doing this on a Friday, got the day’s soundrack sorted :sunflower:


A lot of snobbery about that and Good News, people making out that because they’d written some songs with hooks in they’d gone to shit. Both great albums.