Artist: Modest Mouse
Album: Good News for People Who Love Bad News [DUALDISC] Web: www.modestmousemusic.com
Release Date: October 11, 2005
I really don’t need to do a review of the music contained on the Modest Mouse album Good News for People Who Love Bad News. It has already taken it’s place among the rare breed of recordings that can be considered “classics”. The 2004 release saw huge critical success (as well as commercial success). It received an A+ grade from such movers and shakers as the Village Voice, Tiny Mix Tapes, Filter Magazine, Spin Magazine, Rolling Stone and The New York Times for its brilliance in the face of major label hype. This album will always be remembered as one of a handful that helped launch Indie music into the mainstream just as bands like U2, The Talking Heads and R.E.M. launched “Alternative” music.
As the DualDisc medium takes hold, it was only a matter of time until Good News for People Who Love Bad News was released in the new format.
For those not familiar, a DualDisc is a single disc that contains the regular CD on one side and a DVD on the other. They sell for roughly the price of what CDs used to sell for (between $14.99 and $19.99). It’s a way for the music industry to grow profits while actully giving the consumer more. What an concept! (read sarcasm)
The CD side includes all of the original tracks plus tha addition of “I’ve Got It All (Most)“, which was the B side of the super-hit “Float On“. The song appears not at the very end as a bonus track, but right in the middle of the CD as track #7.
It’s great to have a shiny new copy to replace your worn out original, but it’s the DVD side of the disc that makes it extra special. It features the entire album in enhanced LPCM stereo that will make audiophiles smile big. Also included are the extremely creative music videos for Float On and Ocean Breathes Salty. Since old guys like me just don’t watch music video channels anymore, it was a real pleasure to see the videos for the very first time.
Also included on the DVD side of the DualDisc version are:
– A new video for World At Large called “Stiff Animal Fantasy“, which was also quite entertaining
– Singer Isaac Brock interviewing himself (from the MTV show Advanced Warning)
– Photo galleries
and my favorite
– animated bits of the cover artwork
In addition to the video and enhanced sound quality, the packaging also takes a leap forward. The jewel case is sleek and rounded and the plastic just feels better in your hands. A small detail to be sure, but it took an MP3 generation to make it happen.
1. Horn Intro
3. Float On
4. Ocean Breathes Salty
5. Dig Your Grave
6. Bury Me with It
7. I’ve Got It All (Most)
8. Dance Hall
10. Devil’s Workday
12. Satin in a Coffin
13. Interlude (Milo)
14. Blame It on the Tetons
15. Black Cadillacs
16. One Chance
17. Good Times Are Killing Me
1. Horn Intro [DVD] 2. World at Large [DVD] 3. Float On [DVD] 4. Ocean Breathes Salty [DVD] 5. Dig Your Grave [DVD] 6. Bury Me with It [DVD] 7. I’ve Got It All (Most) [DVD] 8. Dance Hall [DVD] 9. Bukowski [DVD] 10. This Devil’s Workday [DVD] 11. View [DVD] 12. Satin in a Coffin [DVD] 13. Interlude (Milo) [DVD] 14. Blame It on the Tetons [DVD] 15. Black Cadillacs [DVD] 16. One Chance [DVD] 17. Good Times Are Killing Me [DVD] 18. Float On [DVD] [Multimedia Track] 19. Ocean Breathes Salty [DVD] [Multimedia Track] 20. Stiff Animal Fantasy [DVD] [Multimedia Track]
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