Modest Mouse – Good News For People Who Love Bad News
By Andrew Raub Friday, 30 Apr 2004

Good News For People Who Love Bad News is a surprising change to the traditional Modest Mouse sound. Those expecting more of The Moon & Antarctica may not like the change, but I for one welcome it with open arms.

From the very start it is obvious that this album will not be a dark, introspective album like the previous one. No, this album is more of a look on everyone’s problems. Despite the last five years (accusation of rape, spending time in jail, getting a broken jaw), Isaac Brock seems to be open to the fact that everyone faces some tough shit, and there is nothing to stop it. Of course, there are some in-your-face, personal, angry songs present, it wouldn’t be a Modest Mouse album without them.

The use of more acoustic and brass instruments is a nice touch as well. Songs are filled with banjos, pump organs, and fiddles, creating a more upbeat album. To end the album we are treated to a track titled “The Good Times Are Killing Me”, which is produced by the Flaming Lips.

Good News For People Who Love Bad News is just a perfect example of a band changing their sound enough to sound different from their previous albums, but staying true to their roots and still sounding recognizable. Longtime fans and newcomers alike should not be disappointed, just know that you aren’t getting a sequel to The Moon & Antarctica.


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