Very rarely does a title fully embody the quality of the collection of music it labels as well as This Is A Long Drive. Upon first impression, especially in comparison to its two companion albums released afterwards, Modest Mouse's debut may seem bland, repetitive, lazily put together, etc. As it starts to sink in and each meandering track intertwines with the rest, it becomes evident that this album had more emotional intensity and inspiration behind it than anything released later on in the band's career. Each song strengthens the desolate, drawn-out critique of isolation in modern society and the whole experience of a road trip through Midwestern America. Do not overlook Modest Mouse because you heard Float On and decided that their repertoire was composed purely of generic indie rock. Look to the origins of Modest Mouse and you will be proven wrong.
i did not intend to give this album a 4.5 rating. While it does have some of Modest Mouse's best tracks such as "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset," and "Exit Does Not Exist," it does have a bit of filler which drags it down a bit. However, that said, the better songs stand out as some of the better accolades in the band's career.