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theBoneyKing
May 15th 2019


16665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rated (not fully ranked):

4.5/5: "Missed the Boat", "Spitting Venom, "People As Places As People"

4/5: "Dashboard" (don't feel a whole ton for this one as a "song" but it's trying to be really catchy and hooky and it works), "Florida" (love the fast-paced guitar here), "Parting of the Sensory", "Invisible"

3.5/5: "March Into the Sea", "Fire It Up" (this one is fully Modest Mouse writing a Modest Mouse song, not bad by any means but nothing particularly special here), "Fly Trapped", "Little Motel"

3/5: "Education"

2.5/5: "We've Got Everything", "Steam Engenius"



Hopefully one or two of those top 3 will grow to 5/5 territory otherwise this would be the first Modest Mouse release I've heard without at least one 5/5 song.

DoofDoof
May 15th 2019


3372 Comments


Parting of the Sensory is a 5 for the opening 90 seconds or so...Spitting Venom is a 5 for the last 90 seconds or so

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theBoneyKing
May 15th 2019


16665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also cut the first 30ish and last 10 seconds off "Fly Trapped" and it'd be a 4/5

theBoneyKing
May 15th 2019


16665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Modest Mouse 5/5s (as of now/when I trackrated the albums on RYM):

"Dramamine", "Breakthrough", "Custom Concern", "Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset", "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine", "Cowboy Dan", "Trailer Trash", "Polar Opposites", "Bankrupt On Selling", "Stryofoam Boots", "Interstate 8", "Broke", "Baby Blue Sedan", "3rd Planet", "Gravity Rides Everything", "Dark Center of the Universe", "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes", "The Cold Part", "The Stars Are Projectors", "Lives", "Life Like Weeds", "Night on the Sun", "Ocean Breathes Salty", "Bukowski"

There are a handful more that are really close too, consider this a "conservative" list...incredible band. :-D

Larkinhill
May 15th 2019


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spitting Venom is a definite 5 imo. Only song that is on this album.

DoofDoof
May 15th 2019


3372 Comments


Nice Boney, that’s a lot of 5s. Yes, you picked ‘Lives’ - essential tune.

Broke and Baby Blue Sedan are my favourites from the B-Side album.

Good picks.

SandwichBubble
May 15th 2019


9609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sputting Venom is the best song, agreed.

Album is the definition of slim pickings though

DoofDoof
May 15th 2019


3372 Comments


Meany

theBoneyKing
May 15th 2019


16665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm maybe a bit looser with 5/5s than some but not too much. A few of those are more "5 in the context of the album" 5s, but either way this band has written a ton of incredible tunes. If you sum it all up there are probably only a handful of other artists I'd give that many 5s or more.

Larkinhill
May 15th 2019


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with many of those 5s Boney, but not all. No Edit the Sad Parts?



A few that are missing imo: Doin the Cockroach, Beachside Property, Ohio, Heart Cooks Brain, Whenever I Breathe Out, Other People’s Lives, The World at Large, The View. But your list is solid, there are just some I don’t consider 5s.



As far as Strangers to Ourselves goes, there are some great 4/4.5 songs (Lampshades on Fire, Shit in Your Cut, The Ground Walks, Coyotes, The Best Room, Of Course We Know), but I’m not sure that any of them are 5s. Coyotes and The Best Room would be closest.

DoofDoof
May 15th 2019


3372 Comments


Ground Walks is a guilty pleasure 5 for me - the intro goes in hard

SandwichBubble
May 15th 2019


9609 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't call me names or I'll report you, you



Solid list of 5.0s though boney

theBoneyKing
May 15th 2019


16665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Larkin - haven't heard "Edit the Sad Parts".

As for the others, most of those are 4.5/5 for me so I can't really argue with you there. In fact "Cockroach" should probably be on my list too, and "World At Large" is close too. I'm not huge on "Beachside Property" or "The View" though.

Larkinhill
May 15th 2019


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Boney, definitely check out Edit the Sad Parts. One of their best songs imo.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2019


14166 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Literally the only tracks I would add to that list are Cockroach and World is Large (already mentioned) and One Chance, which I have a huge sweet spot for. And maybe Exit Does Not Exist...

Agreed on Beachside and the View being meh

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Larkinhill
May 15th 2019


1994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn man no love for Beachside Property? Tsk tsk. One Chance never really caught on with me but I love Exit.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
May 15th 2019


14166 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I kinda get why people love Beachside but that outro jam drags like hell for me. I have quite specific time/place memories for One Chance and absolutely adore the box-in-a-cage bridge, but I guess it's a fairly standard Good News track at the end of the day



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