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CD Review: Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News [DualDisc]

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Artist: Modest Mouse
Album: Good News for People Who Love Bad News [DUALDISC] Web: www.modestmousemusic.com
Label: Sony
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)

Dead Science 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.

Track Listing:

Disc: 1

1. Horn Intro

2. World at Large
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
9. Bukowski
10. Devil’s Workday
11. View
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

Disc: 2

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]

Robert Burke spends much of his time lovingly crafting thematic music playlists at the Rhapsody Radish.

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  • http://www.djradiohead.com DJRadiohead

    I have been so close to buying this album a couple of times. I might have to break down and do it.

  • The Theory

    don’t bother. the album is mildly interesting at best.

  • http://www.temptationwaits.com visualsimplicity

    I disagree with The Theory. The original album is a masterpiece and well worth the price (not sure about the dualdisc though).

  • The Theory

    a true modest mouse-esque masterpiece would be the Ugly Casanova cd “Sharpen Your Teeth.” Even though it is only a MM side project.

  • http://www.musicradish.com Robert

    If you have any interest in music whatsoever you simply must have this album, it’s like not having The Wall, or The White Album or Back in Black, or The Josua Tree.

  • Nathaniel Winn

    Good Lord! (re:comment 5)

    I even like the album OK (read “I’m not a hater”) but

    WOW

  • Skelly

    Great album, Ocean Breathes Salty and World at Large are just a few of the incredible, deep sounds that thrive the passion that modest mouse is truely known for. Issiac opens up and sings about whatever the fuck he wants to with such compassion and shows his real voice in this album.