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We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Modest Mouse

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We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank is a gripping and satisfying recording, with skittering tempos, jerky rhythms, and delightful surprises around every quirky corner. Lead singer, guitarist, and gifted songwriter Isaac Brock sounds positively manic on the clattering “March Into the Sea.” “Dashboard” and “Steam Engenius” are funky and undeniably catchy, “Little Motel” manages to be both tender and oddly off balance, and not many singers could make a line like “Someday you will die somehow and something’s gonna steal your carbon” work(from the standout “Parting of the Sensory”). A notable addition to the band on this recording is former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, whose chiming, lyrical style meshes beautifully with Brock’s jagged and idiosyncratic playing. Marr’s contributions help the band create a fuller sound without sacrificing any of the inherent strangeness that makes them so consistently inventive and fascinating. Modest Mouse manage to compromise nothing and still create compelling pop music even as their audience grows, and that’s a feat few contemporary bands can pull off.

Customer Reviews

One word: Awesome

I think the title of my review sums it up rather nicely, so do yourself a favour and get this album. You won't regret it.


I got this album when it came out. March into the Sea is a great way to start the album, since it sounds like sea music, though almost perfect. Dashboard is a up beat pop song which talks alot about passion for music "The Dashboard melted but we still have the radio" Spitting Venom is a long Progressive rock song while, we've got everything is a rocky power pop song, Overall the album is great, and very "Alternative" Compared to other records, Also having Johnny Marr [The Smiths] as the bands new guitarist is certainly a rise to fame for them. ..NEIGHBOURS!

got everything

Wow I was very impressed with the musical range that modest mouse have displayed. From dashboard to got everything, this CD will not dissapoint. Keep playing it until you realise how good it is, takes a few listens but then its on repeat.


Formed: 1993 in Issaquah, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Modest Mouse were one of the most surprising commercial success stories of the new millennium — while their music was by turns taut and elliptical, and the lyrics sometimes cryptic and introspective, the band broke through to the mainstream audience with the platinum-selling Good News for People Who Love Bad News, and they became genuine rock stars at a time when their musical peers remained cult figures. Modest Mouse were founded in 1993 by guitarist and vocalist Isaac Brock, bassist Eric...
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