Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica
By Andrew Raub Monday, 5 Jul 2004

The Moon & Antarctica is a prime example of Modest Mouse's uncanny ability to combine strange yet sensible lyrics, catchy melodies, and raw energy and emotion. The album deals with deep personal issues spawning from the basic “why are we here?” mystery.

The imagery used throughout the album draws parallels between the bleak cosmos (“Dark Center of the Universe”, “The Stars Are Projectors”, bustling metropolises (“Tiny Cities Made of Ashes”, “A Different City”), and even the walls in which we live (“Paper Thin Walls”). The seemingly odd lyrics actually acknowledge some very real, universal emotions such as loneliness, isolation, and a sense of purpose.

Each song contains varying amounts of energy ranging from upbeat and lighthearted to eerie and dark. Its constant ups and downs which keep a good pace throughout. Without digging to deep into the meanings of each song I can tell you that this is just a damned good album. It is easily one of the best albums I own, and it is a pleasure to revisit it over and over.

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