Modest Mouse’s latest effort, “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” is probably the best album to come out in March of 07, and one of the best albums to come out so far this year. It’s eccentric but remains artistic. It goes outside the lines in terms of musical lines, but there’s always a sensibility to it that can keep the common listener as well as the die hard. Those characteristics aren’t exclusive to “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank”, just Modest Mouse.
No other band out right now can replicate what Modest Mouse does, one band comes close- The Format- but Modest Mouse is in a league all of its own. It’s a distinctive sound that can’t be replicated, and on “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” that characteristic remains strong.
The opening song “March into the Sea” could be plugged into a dramatic Broadway scene, with Isaac Brock’s vocals being as insane sounding as ever, without listening to the lyrics too closely you can picture Brock wielding an Axe crazily with big huge scary eyes, and it’s enjoyable on every note. The single “Dashboard” is a great song, it’s probably the most mainstream accessible song the band has ever done, and one of their best. Every song on this album moves into the next track seamlessly and every track is as good as the next, there’s really not much more to say, except well done Modest Mouse.
While this album isn’t going to be viewed as their best album by their diehard fans, it is the best album for Modest Mouse newcomers. It’s not as crazy as their previous work, so if you want to test the water before you go diving in, this is the album for you. This album is highly recommended for the common listener AND the Modest Mouse fan.