Sunday, November 22, 2009

My 25 Favorite Artists of the 2000s - #10

#10 - Modest Mouse

Typically when a band moves onto a major label, their first album sounds overproduced, and loses much of the rawness that made that certain band who they were in the first place. This should have been especially true with Modest Mouse, a band whose recordings in the 90s were SO reliant upon the rough, Pixies-like sound they had formed. When The Moon & Antarctica was released in 2000, however, any notion of a flop was dispelled the second the first track came into your ears. This album was one of the greatest odes to the fears of death ever written, and is both lyrically and instrumentally amazing. One of the strangest moments of the decade was when the song "Float On" off of their next album became a #1 hit in the US....a moment no Modest Mouse ever anticipated.

My Favorite Albums:
1. The Moon & Antarctica (2000)
2. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007)
3. Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004)

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