Modest Mouse's last two B-sides/rarities compilations, Everywhere and His Nasty Parlor Tricks and Building Something Out of Nothing, contained some of the Washington indie superstars greatest recordings and No One's First... follows the trend. Comprised of leftover tracks from the Good News For People Who Like Bad News and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank studio sessions, No One's First sees Modest Mouse finding a middle ground between their new sound and their past. Tracks like "Autumn Beds" and "Satellite Skin" sound like the softer moments of We Were Dead and Good News respectively, while "Whale Song" recalls the dense atmospherics and moody swing that made tracks like "Cowboy Dan" and "Stars are Projectors" fan favorites. Modest Mouse even expand on the hints of bayou influence that ran through Good News For People Who Like Bad News with the sultry "King Rat" and the jangly "Perpetual Motion Machine". Even with all this, the highlight is the EP's closing track "I've Got It All(Most)", as it is the closest thing to the classic Modest Mouse sound to be released in years, especially with lyrics like "I've got it all almost all figured out/But always when I get there/Always when I get there all the pieces they just fall apart."
No One's First and You're Next is a compilation of B-Sides from the Good News... and We Were Dead... sessions, but don't let that turn you off. Most of the songs on this EP completely wreck those two albums. Why these became b-sides is completely lost on me, THIS is what fans wanted. Enjoy it.
This is pretty Ok music. The way the lead singer sings, can be irtrattating at times ( like in the song "Float On" ) But it still has a good sound to it, the kind of sound that goes through your head for days. I give it 3 stars.
Modest Mouse combines their new sound with their old sound to make their best music since The Moon & Antarctica. What confuses me is why these songs were B songs, because they're almost all better than every track off their latest two albums.