Modest Mouse
Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks


4.5
superb

Review

by sadisticmonkey USER (8 Reviews)
January 24th, 2005 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Modest Mouse, On of the most underrated Indie bands of the 90's and the last 5 years has been steadily releasing quality albums. In 2001, a year after they released "The Moon And Antarctica", the band released an EP entitled "Everywhere And His Nasty Parlour Tricks". Combining the smooth production of "The Moon And Antarctica" with the same old haunting and wobbly vocals from Isaac Brock, this EP has everything a Modest Mouse fan could want in an EP...***, it's almost an album on it's own.

1. Willful Suspension Of Disbelief (3:40)
This opening track reminds me allot of a Pink Floyd song. Clean guitars with some nice echo effects haunt the speakers. Trippy vocals slice into Isaac's chilling lyrics. Very experimental piece, also experiments with harmonies. Unlike most Modest Mouse Tracks, Isaac's vocals are fairly calm, and understandable. 4.5/5

2. Night On The Sun (7:38)
This song comes off as the EP's delicious epic track. Coming in at well over seven minutes, this song is rather calm for the most part. There is some abstract lyrics here about eating one's frozen blood. Very nice steady drumming on this track. Great track that fades off like a dream in the night. 4.5/5

3. 3 Inch Horses, Two Faced Monsters (4:13)
For those who have heard "The Moon And Arctica", you may remember at the end of the track "A Different City" there is a little thrown in chunk of a song singing "I don't know what I've been told..." etc. Well this SONG is that ditty, but an entire song. It's almost as if they wanted this song on that album, but decided to remove it. Either way, this song is one of the best off of this EP. Very country/western strutting cowboy styled. Very cool percussion to start off the song followed by some screeching fiddle, then comes the amazing back to back delay on the vocals. This song has some pretty nifty lyrics that I've grown to using in passing.

"I guess you guessed that I"d catch hell. I just caught a cold but now I'm
feelin well."

Great track, probably one of the best off of the EP. 5/5

4. You're The Good Things (3:33)
Easily one of the more radio friendly tracks off of this EP. This song is one of the more uppity Modest Mouse tracks I've heard in their career. This song is a nice little romp that (to put it loosely) Gently disses someone... The lyrics are clever and it's one of those songs you can put somebody you get along with, but wish would back off to.

"You're the good things yeah that's you, yeah that's you, yeah
You're the icing on the cake on the table at my wake
You're the extra ton of cash in my sinking life raft
You're the loud sound of fun when i'm tryin to sleep
You're the flowers in my house when my allergies come out
You're the good things..."

Song gets kinda crazy towards the end...and it's all good 5/5.

5. The Air (4:32)
Instrumental piece that resembles the song "Lives" off of "The Moon And Antarctica" (minus vocals). Fades off into different arrangements..Very unique. Very experimental song with some nice bits here and there. 4/5

6. So Much Beauty In Dirt (1:24)
Shortest song on here. Nice little ditty, but not the best Modest Mouse offering on here. The lyrics are alright (I mean c'mon he mentions M*A*S*H). Song is over before you know it, kind of like a lullaby... 4/5

7. Here It Comes (3:10)
Hands down one of the best tracks. This song starts off with some sweet little acoustic guitar diddle. The drums then enter with a nice little stomp beat. Very nice song. Very simple, but really effective. Another radio friendly song that should have made the cut on previous Modest Mouse albums. 5/5

8. I Came As A Rat (Long Walk Off A Short Dock) (4:37)
This song was released on "The Moon And Antarctica". This is an extended version of it. Added to the original song is an extra minute of experimental instrumental (and a longer title). Nothing really special about the extra minute, and I can see why it was trimmed down in the earlier version. It's a decent track regardless, starts off as a rocker, but slowly comes on down as an acoustic jammer. Very neat studio effects and backing vocals in this ditty. 4/5

Although this was released as an EP, this CD could easily hold up as an album by itself. A must have for all Modest Mouse fans. People who loved "The Moon And Antarctica" will love this, as it seems to be extended/cut tracks off of that LP. I definately recommend this to Modest Mouse Fans. Those who don't know much about Modest Mouse should check out
"The Moon And Antarctica" and "The Lonesome Crowded West" before this one.

Overall Rating 4.5/5



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Scott Herren
January 25th 2005


192 Comments


I sold this album back to the store, and I never sell albums back. That's saying something.

sadisticmonkey
January 25th 2005


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You either love'm to hate'm...that seems to be the way Modest Mouse is...This album (well, EP) isn't their best outing, and is mostly for Hardcore Modest Mouse fans. I still recommend fans pick it up...its very good ;)

Scott Herren
January 25th 2005


192 Comments


I would rate the Moon and Antarctica a 5/5, and I like Modest Mouse, but this is just not good.

sadisticmonkey
January 26th 2005


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thats odd...Moon and Antarctica is a definate 5/5

but I think this stands really well against their full length albums...for an EP it's definately a 4.5/5

JFK
May 24th 2005


16 Comments


The Moon & Antarctica is probably one of my favorite albums ever possibly in my top 5 after Pink Floyd, never heard this one though, I recommend listening to Building Nothing Out Of Something by Modest Mouse, good tunes.

sadisticmonkey
March 7th 2006


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

man, get all of their albums....

you can exclude Sad Sappy Sucker, since its really early rough recordings that are silly...and really only for the Isaac Brock followers...

Zebra
Moderator
March 7th 2006


2647 Comments


This isnt a very good album. With the exception of the opener there are no real standouts. I dont know, the music here is just really bland and dull unlike most Modest Mouse releases.

Modest Mouse
June 15th 2006


36 Comments


well i was goign to buy this anyways but thats interesting yeah its true you either love this band or you hate them. this definetly is my favourite band i agree buy all their albums they are one of those bands where every song on the cd has a theme i dont know i just get hooked on their cds not songs, sad sappy sucker tho has som pretty killer songs on it hto but its just got a couple of good songs on itThis Message Edited On 06.15.06

samsamthegiantman
February 3rd 2007


5 Comments


I really like 3 Inch Horses, 2 Faced Monsters.

Kashmir09
September 10th 2009


772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really dig this EP. It doesn't seem to get much praise, hence my hesitation..glad my instincts took over, I've been getting some serious playage out of it

WatchItExplode
January 16th 2010


3243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"It's all so plain its all a plan, it's all so plain to most everyone. The sky it doesn't it ever end, the air just gets much thinner further up."

My favorite MM release for more reasons than I'll expound on here.

ohfoxxxycole
December 29th 2011


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they see us talking out the sides of our mouth
two-faced monster


Destructerator
February 2nd 2012


853 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Air is an amazing song.

patrickfannon
February 6th 2012


886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Here It Comes" is one of Modest Mouse's best songs, period. It's so anthemic and cinematic; I always picture a laid-back party--people drinking, smiling, smoking--as a wide-lensed camera pans through in slow motion. I see dancing and love of life set to the rhythm of that track.

ohfoxxxycole
February 6th 2012


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha okay

WatchItExplode
February 6th 2012


3243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Here It Comes is my sixth or seventh favorite song on this. What you describe could make a pretty cool Tom Petty-esque video though.

patrickfannon
February 6th 2012


886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I would love to see it. I wish I had the means to make it a reality. That song makes me feel so alive.

patrickfannon
February 6th 2012


886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Freeze your blood and then stab into me. Stab your blood into me, and then.

WatchItExplode
May 1st 2012


3243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's the big show........it's the big show!

Vodash
August 9th 2013


97 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is solid. Night On the Sun, Here It Comes, and Willful Suspension of Disbelief are my favorite.



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