|By Zach Patterson||Wednesday, 15 Aug 2007|
It’s no secret that I’ve become a rather large fan of Modest Mouse over the past 2 years. With that in mind, it is wise to note that this is essentially a side project of lead singer Isaac Brock, and while the music doesn’t quite mesh with the Modest Mouse “sound”, Brock’s voice alone will inevitably draw conclusions.
What is great about this album, however is the wide range of music on it. The opener, “Barnacles” is a mellow, introspective, slight somber song that has become one of my favorite songs recently. The lyrics are great, with wordplay like “I don’t know me, and you don’t know you, so we fit so good together because I knew you like I knew myself”. Other slower songs are equally great, like “Hotcha Girls”, “Cat Faces”, “Smoke Like Ribbons” (which is almost a bit country), and the distant, spacey closer, “So Long To The Holidays”. Then there are some stranger songs, like “Parasites”, a kinda of happy, upbeat, horn heavy song that deal with death, decay, and parasites. Sweet! “Things I Don’t Remember” is probably the strangest song on the album, but it’s a really fun song, if you can tolerate lyrics about dressed up alligators, disco dancing neighbors born in mashed potatoes, and cum on the piano (yeah seriously). Meanwhile, there’s some slightly more funky traditional MM songs like “Ice On The Sheets” and “Pacifico”.
So overall, it’s definitely an indie rock type album in the vein of Modest Mouse, but it has its own distinct sound that slightly separates it from the rest of their discography. I’d formally review it, but I’m lazy and I just feel like gushing about it a little since it’s a good album.