Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007)


Modest Mouse
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank; 2007
Epic Records
My Rating: 60/100
Despite the nautically-doomed title, the Mouse proves with their fifth album
proper that they will indeed float on. Nowhere near as heavy with the weight
of mortality as their previous offering, this is a meaty power-pop record
with the standard Mouse-eccentrities turned up to 11. Themes are varying yet
unified, meaning the record doesn’t suffer from the monotony that sunk GOOD
NEWS,and there’s even a moment or two of jubilant quasi-optimism
(“Dashboard”, “Missed the Boat”). Unfortunately, the overall experience
suffers from an extreme lopsidedness that will most likely have you
switching to something else after track 7. In the final analysis, though, WE
WERE DEAD BEFORE THE SHIP EVEN SANK is a nice recovery from the near
disaster that was GOOD NEWS. I’ll be looking forward to the next full-length
offering from the Issaquah’s finest.
Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (3.5/5)
Consequence (4.5/5)
Consistency (3/5)
Tracks:
1. March into the Sea (4/5)
2. Dashboard (5/5)
3. Fire It Up (5/5)
4. Florida (4.5/5)
5. Parting of the Sensory (3.5/5)
6. Missed the Boat (5/5)
7. We’ve Got Everything (4/5)
8. Fly Trapped in a Jar (3/5)
9. Education (3/5)
10. Little Motel (3.5/5)
11. Steam Engenius (2.5/5)
12. Spitting Venom (3/5)
13. People as Places as People (4/5)
14. invisible (2.5/5)

Modest_mouse_2007_albumModest Mouse
We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank; 2007
Epic Records

My Rating: 60/100

Despite the nautically-doomed title, the Mouse proves with their fifth album proper that they will indeed float on. Nowhere near as heavy with the weight of mortality as their previous offering, this is a meaty power-pop record with the standard Mouse-eccentrities turned up to 11. Themes are varying yet unified, meaning the record doesn’t suffer from the monotony that sunk GOOD NEWS,and there’s even a moment or two of jubilant quasi-optimism (“Dashboard”, “Missed the Boat”). Unfortunately, the overall experience suffers from an extreme lopsidedness that will most likely have you switching to something else after track 7. In the final analysis, though, WE WERE DEAD BEFORE THE SHIP EVEN SANK is a nice recovery from the near disaster that was GOOD NEWS. I’ll be looking forward to the next full-length offering from the Issaquah’s finest.

Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (3.5/5)
Consequence (4.5/5)
Consistency (3/5)

Tracks:

1. March into the Sea (4/5)
2. Dashboard (5/5)
3. Fire It Up (5/5)
4. Florida (4.5/5)
5. Parting of the Sensory (3.5/5)
6. Missed the Boat (5/5)
7. We’ve Got Everything (4/5)
8. Fly Trapped in a Jar (3/5)
9. Education (3/5)
10. Little Motel (3.5/5)
11. Steam Engenius (2.5/5)
12. Spitting Venom (3/5)
13. People as Places as People (4/5)
14. invisible (2.5/5)

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