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Monday, February 04, 2008

My Favorite Album: Good News for People Who Like Bad News by Modest Mouse

This is not my typical album to land in one of my all-time favorites, which makes it even more of a favorite. Does that make sense?

My old manager ripped a copy of this for me and I obliged. He's turned me on to some really cool shit, and some odd stuff, and this album falls into both those categories.

Almost instantly, I fell in love with it. I had already heard two songs from the album, getting some MTV air time, back when I used to watch MTV: Ocean Breathes Salty and Float On.

Float On was an instant favorite for me, from hearing and seeing it on MTV. The song was funky and the band, well, were not the epitome of hunk-dom.

It took a little longer for me to "get" Ocean Breathes Salty. Not get it to understand it, but to enjoy it as much as I do now. The video is outrageously weird and just tres cool at the same time: a little boy finds a bird with a broken arm, that ends up being one of the dudes from the band.

From the start of this album to the end, each song delivers an amazing and unusual sound. The lyrics are amazing:

From Ocean Breathes Salty, "You wasted life, why wouldn't you waste death?"
From Satin Coffin, "Are you dead or are you sleeping? Are you dead or are you sleeping? Are you dead or are you sleeping? God I sure hope you are dead."
From The World at Large "My Thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth."

Truly amazing -- the accompaniments and just the way everything is put together -- WOW. I love this album. My heart skips a beat every I play it -- those ripped songs now reside on my beloved iPod.

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