Modest Mouse's new album, released on 2nd April, has been reduced to £6 in HMV already. Cheapest you can find it online is about £8.
Their last album may have given them a certifiable radio hit, airtime on VH1, and a Kidz Bop tribute, but listening to the follow-up to 2004's Good News for People Who Love Bad News, you might get the sense that the members of Modest Mouse are flinching at the spotlight. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, the group's fifth full-length release, is denser than its predecessor with tunes that seem willfully harder to penetrate. Even the addition of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to the line-up seems incidental, as Modest Mouse's off-kilter sound stays largely intact. But keep listening and it becomes obvious that the band hasn't lost any of his pop bite, especially midway through with a sweep of terrific songs like "Missed the Boat," "Education" and "Little Motel." It's hard to tell if there's another "Float On" in the bunch. In fact, the first single, "Dashboard," is one of the weakest Isaac Brock has ever penned. With Shins James Mercer adding lovely vocals to "Florida," however, it hardly matters. --Aidin Vaziri
Fifth album, following 2004's 'Good News For People Who Love Bad News', from cult US indie rock band. On this release they continue to evolve their unique multifaceted sound, incorporating string arrangements and electronic elements without ever compromising their distinct identity. Features guitarwork by the band's newest member, Smiths legend Johnny Marr, and backing vocals from James Mercer of The Shins. Includes the single 'Dashboard'.