Isaac Brock and the guys are back with a new album released last Tuesday. Fresh off of his solo project Ugly Casanova, Brock seems to be following a much different musical compass. For the longest time I thought that Modest Mouse was just a band that liked to write whiney songs with really long titles just to satisfy Brock’s whims. Casanova was just more of the same. My girlfriend being a huge fan of the band kept trying to tell me I was wrong, but I just could not accept it until now.
Good News For People Who Love Bad News, although keeping with the really long title theme, is a solid, listenable, and dare I say even great album. I was lucky enough to get an early release about four weeks ago and I still can’t get enough. Could this be the year that Modest Mouse breaks? We will have to wait and see. Can this album do it? Yes.
The first single “Float On” is definitely good enough to draw them widespread radio play. A follow up single may be tough to find, but I think they can get some traction. The rest of the album goes back and forth between the driving almost marching-like beat of “Float On” and a more mellow sound. Track 4, “Ocean Breathes Salty”, is one of the more stand out tracks much like “The View” and “The Good Times Are Killing Me”. The middle of the album drags a little but it is bookended by some great tracks. Track 6, “Bury Me With It” and track 8, “Bukowski” are two of my least favorites. Track 7, “Dance Hall”, is different. The driving Ramonesesqe punky beat and raspy lyrics make for an interesting listen.
All in all, this is the best I have heard from Modest Mouse. I would recommend it to anyone who may have found their earlier work too inaccessible but still is a fan of Indie Rock (even though they are on Sony). Don’t be turned off by the possibility of mainstream success, this album is worth owning. Until Next time come visit me In The Congo.