Album review

Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News

Britain may have wearied of off-kilter college rock around the time that Pavement split up, but in America the audience for self-consciously alternative music continues to grow. Hence the amazing success of Modest Mouse, whose 10 years of diligently cultivating quirks climax with this sixth album. There are some pleasantly elaborate, wayward songs here, particularly when chief Mouse Isaac Brock betrays his debts to The Pixies, Sparklehorse and Built To Spill. Forays into funk and Tom Waits' scrapyard are cringe-inducing, though, and it's hard to admire a band gauche enough to call a song "Bukowski".

Rating: 2 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...