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Editors’ Notes

Scruffy and stripped down, The Lonesome Crowded West embodies '90s indie rock at its most meaningful. Singer and guitarist Isaac Brock is wired one minute, withdrawn the next, and the band follows his mood. Feverishly raking his strings, he whips them into a clanging ruckus on "Doin’ the Cockroach." Yet for every high there is a low; that’s certainly the case with “Out of Gas,” in which Brock drowsily chants, "You will come down too soon"—a fitting mantra for this manic, anxious band.

Customer Reviews

Amazing is right

The reviewer "qwas..." is 100% correct. One day this album just clicked and every song stood out in my head like the first time I heard "Custom Concern" or "Making everyone happy/mechanical birds". Lonesome Crowded West in my opinion is the perfect album for those long, absent colored, white winter drives. Trailer Trash will always be my favorite song off the album, but every song helps to make the album complete. "Bankrupt on selling" is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. The guitar work is simple chords but done in such a way that they blend perfectly with his voice and lyrics. Simply said, if you want to hear the album that cemented every MM fan as a fan for life, then listen to this album all the way through without skipping a single song.


This is one of the most important independent rock albums of the 90s, right up there with Pavement's "Slanted and Enchanted."

The music crackles with energy, but has it's softer moments as well... Often in the same song! There's a huge Pixies influence here. The lyrics deal with the struggle of belief and the dehumanization of America, really personal stuff. Standout tracks are "Teeth like God's Shoeshine," "Cowboy Dan," and "Trailer Trash."

You should definitely get this album, and give it a fair chance. You probably won't "get" it at first. In fact, you may not even like it all that much. But suddenly one day, while on a long car drive with nothing to think about (all MM fans will find that hilarious), this will just "click," and it will become one of your favorites Trust me.

Amazing album.


This album doesn't have a single weak track. I discovered this after Modest Mouse achieved commercial success, and I must say this album is by far my favorite.


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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