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Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News (dual-disc release) Review

by Jacob McDaniel

Led by frontman Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse paved the way for indie rock in the 90s, continually one-upping themselves with each release. However, the Mouse fell on black days among scene kids with their 2004 release Good News for People Who Love Bad News . Mainstream success greeted Modest Mouse in the form of overexposure by MTV and multiple Grammy nominations, making one wonder if this was the same band that blistered our ears and blew our minds with songs such as "Doin' the Cockroach", "3rd Planet", and "Broke".

Since signing with Epic in 2000, Modest Mouse has had an odd relationship with their label, releasing two albums, twice. Their 2000 release, The Moon and Antarctica , was re-released with new cover art and four additional tracks in 2004, perhaps because Epic realized that they did little to promote the album initially, or maybe as a marketing ploy, anticipating the success of Good News . For whatever reason, Epic decided to pull the same trick with Good News for People Who Love Bad News , recently releasing the album as a dual disc, hoping to entice overzealous fans with a short list of extras. The DVD features the album in enhanced audio, music videos of the hit singles "Float On", and "Ocean Breathes Salty", a video set to the tune of "The World at Large", a small photo gallery, and an interview with frontman Isaac Brock (that has been available for viewing on the band's website for nearly a year). The audio side of the disc contains an additional song, "I've Got It All (Most)", the B-side from the "Float On" single. This new addition is comfortably nestled in the middle of the album, and makes you wonder why it was left out in the first place.

Although the album sounds great with the new song, it won't play on my computer, meaning there is no way for me to rip the album to my music library. This isn't too big of a deal for me, but it would be disheartening if I didn't own the original release. Based on the audio of the album, Good News would probably be a 4.5/5. However, the extras don't amount to much, as Epic tries to make another dollar. Save your money for the next (authentic) Modest Mouse release.

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