Modest Mouse: No One’s First, and You’re Next EP (2009)


mm-nooneModest Mouse
No One’s First, and You’re Next EP; 2009
Epic Records

My Rating: 78/100

The Modest Mouse formula (which as far as I can tell is, algebraically-speaking, {[Talking Heads + Pixies] x Pavement}) certainly hasn’t changed very much over the years, which isn’t such a bad thing, considering they have a pretty unique sound. Happily, the latest offering compiles a bunch of tracks recently released as seven-inch singles, so it’s altogether a short, simple, and solid affair. Honestly, I’d say it’s their best release, at least in terms of consistency, since their last singles collection, BUILDING NOTHING OUT OF SOMETHING.  The songs are tuneful, muscular, and feature all of the standard Modest Mouse traits that we’ve come to know and love. In a world where “we all try harder as the days run out”, it’s nice to have a band as strong as Modest Mouse effortlessly churning out the same ol’ twisted ear candy going on fifteen years. Based on this, I’ll be looking forward to the next LP, Marr or no.

TRACKS:

1. Satellite Skin (5/5)
2. Guilty Cocker Spaniels (4/5)
3. Autumn Beds (5/5)
4. The Whale Song (5/5)
5. Perpetual Motion Machine (4/5)
6. History Stick to Your Feet (5/5)
7. King Rat (4/5)
8. I’ve Got It All (Most) (5/5)
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1. Satellite Skin (5/5)
2. Guilty Cocker Spaniels (4/5)
3. Autumn Beds (5/5)
4. The Whale Song (5/5)
5. Perpetual Motion Machine (4/5)
6. History Stick to Your Feet (5/5)
7. King Rat (4/5)
8. I’ve Got It All (Most) (5/5)
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