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Editors’ Notes

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.” 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.

Customer Reviews


An amazing new chapter for Modest Mouse. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank is a spectacular blend of the classic Modest Mouse sound that so many fell in love with from the beginning (This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About), combined with new waves they began to create in Good News and The Moon & Antarctica. Whether you're a long time listener like myself, or are just discovering Modest Mouse, you will definitely love this album.

Very Entertaining

Worth picking up for long time fans and even for those listening for the first time. Easy to listen to over and over and over.

We Were Dead...

For their newest CD, I feel Modest Mouse has sacarificed a lot of the catchiness they had in "The Moon and Antarctica" and "Good New for People Who Love Bad News". However, they replace it with their brilliant theatrics, and idiosyncratic vocals, which is one of the reasons why I love Modest Mouse. "March Into the Sea" is a brilliant opener, followed by the ridiculously danceable "Dashboard" One of the highlights on this CD is the ending few minutes of "Parting of the Sensory" , as well as the slightly more tame "Missed the Boat" Save for "Education" which sounds like a duplicate (albeit slower) of "Wild Pack of Family Dogs" All in all, it is a brilliant CD, which ups the ante for brilliant lyrics, definitely worth buying.


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 Judy,...
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