Album review: Modest Mouse – ‘No One’s First, And You’re Next’

Album review: Modest Mouse - 'No One's First, And You're Next'


Distinctly average offering from old-school indie rockers

There’ve been two distinct stages to [a]Modest Mouse[/a]’s long, convoluted 16-year history. The first can be defined by their 1996 debut album [b]‘This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About’[/b], which certified the Seattle-based outfit as the purveyors of disgruntled rock, backed by frontman Isaac Brock’s nihilistic snarl, shouts and all round anti-social attitude. This so enthralled and outraged his limited audience that he was often derided on internet forums as being a bit of a bell-end. Then there’s phase two, where Modest Mouse floated on into a different direction and saw fit to dull down their aggressive tendencies to become The OC-friendly manna for music misanthropes, with an added dose of Johnny Marr for good measure. It’s in this latter phase that we find Modest Mouse today; where Brock yelps and antagonises less and attempts to sing more, and where the guitars herald a sunshiny quirk heard on [b]‘Guilty Cocker Spaniel’[/b] that’s overshadowed somewhat by the irritatingly depressing faux honky tonk of [b]‘Perpetual Motion Machine’[/b]. [b]‘The Whale Song’[/b] may offer a solitary crumb for old skool Micers to nibble, but unfortunately this EP will not offer much else.

[b]Ash Dosanjh[/b]

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