Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News

29 Apr

good-news-for-people-who-love-bad-news-5009b3d7d4757 (1)From Good News For People Who Love Bad News emerge some of Modest Mouse’s most-loved classics – such as “Float On” and “The Good Times Are Killing Me” – and it’s no question why: the 2004 album is a turning point for the band in terms of coherence and listenability.

Good News For People Who Love Bad News is less a tornado of fragments of relatable torment and more a diverse whole, cathartic and poignant.

The tracks are more well-rounded and cohesive and in many instances (particularly the transition between “The World At Large” and “Float On”), and the band weaves together their seemingly ever-increasing variety of instruments with a new mastery.

In tracks like “Float On”, “Bury Me with It”, “The View” and “Black Cadillac”, Modest Mouse becomes what many of us love them as today: the feel-good band you can cheer yourself up with without lying to yourself:

As life gets longer, awful feels softer.
Well, it feels pretty soft to me.
And if it takes shit to make bliss,
then I feel pretty blissfully.
– “The View”


Listing stand-out tracks would mean rattling off almost the entire album, so I’ll just close by saying “The World at Large” is currently my favourite song from the entire discography.


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