Strangers To Ourselves (LP)


Modest Mouse

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Amoeba Review

12/29/2014

It’s been eight years since the last Modest Mouse album, so forgive Modest Mouse if they have a lot to say. The sprawling, 15-song Strangers to Ourselves has a lot to offer both fans who’ve been with Modest Mouse’s since the ’90s and those newer to the fold. The soft opening of the title track actually feels quite revolutionary in the band’s catalog, wearily beautiful in its dreaminess. Single “Lampshades on Fire” feels closer to classic Modest Mouse, a stomping singalong that sounds downright gleeful in its cutting social commentary on how we’re screwing up our planet—“Well we’re the human race/We’re goin’ to party out of this place.” The more somber, mature-sounding tracks still pack snarls and growls and song titles like “Shit in Your Cut.” The band stretches into new territory on songs like “Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996),” whose digital beat, suggestive lyrics and vocal manipulation makes it sound like the band is collaborating with The Knife, or, more simply, on the ragtime-style “Sugar Boats” and new-wave ballad “Wicked Campaign.” Even when they’re being more predictable, Strangers to Ourselves is still a lot of fun to listen to, laying interesting percussive elements and spiderlike guitarwork into single-worthy post-punk jam “The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box,” while the more subdued songs, like “Pups to Dust,” are worthwhile for Isaac Brock’s ever-remarkable voice and lyrics, which move from folksy to obtuse and obscene at the drop of a hat. After such a long hiatus, it’s wonderful to hear them still in fine form and doing what they do best.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Strangers To Ourselves
Modest Mouse 03:24
2.
Lampshades On Fire
Modest Mouse 03:08
3.
Shit In Your Cut
Modest Mouse 04:44
4.
Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996)
Modest Mouse 03:42


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Ansel
Modest Mouse 02:56
2.
The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
Modest Mouse 01:17
3.
Coyotes
Modest Mouse 03:31
4.
God Is An Indian And You're An Asshole
Modest Mouse 03:41


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Sugar Boats
Modest Mouse 04:03
2.
Wicked Campaign
Modest Mouse 03:34
3.
Be Brave
Modest Mouse 03:31
4.
Pups To Dust
Modest Mouse 06:12


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Tortoise And The Tourist
Modest Mouse 03:41
2.
The Best Room
Modest Mouse 04:25
3.
Of Course We Know
Modest Mouse 05:21

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