Modest Mouse has gone through many styles of music during their 14 years as a prominent indie-rock band; most people agree that their earliest work was extremely depressing, and most agree that their latest work is cheerful and catchy. Listening to Modest Mouse’s latest release takes you on a journey to a far off place, but proves to be somewhat unmemorable. I can tell you that it is extremely nice-sounding and pleasant, but fits the radio mold way too well. We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank will have you singing along and pondering which song on the album Epic Records will push to be on the radio first, but feeling positive closure in whatever the decision is, because they deserve it way more then most of the music on the radio.
Modest Mouse’s 2004 release, Good News For People Who Love Bad News proved to betheir best-received record and a Top 40 hit as well. Now, with a brand new album 3 years later featuring back up vocals from The Shin’s lead singer James Mercer and instrumental and lyrical help from ex-The Smith’s guitarist Johnny Marr, things are looking extremely well rounded and more in the spotlight due to the collaborations of these indie-rock giants.