Good News For People Who Love Bad News

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Apr 6, 2004

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Ultimately, what makes Good News so successful is that it retains the melancholy mood of past works, while at the same time adding depth and maturity.
  2. Spin
    Half expansive, burnished radio-rock, half swampy Delta hoodoo-hollerin' that reeks of Brock's Southern sojourn. [May 2004, p.103]
  3. Filter
    It's passionate. It's thoughtful. It's catchy. It's their breakout moment, their best record, and... it will be one of the best albums of 2004.[#9, p.100]
  4. Weathered now, their herky-jerk stands up smartly to interjections from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
  5. 90
    Never happily slotting into any template demanded back in their home town, MM are nearer to some wondrous mish-mash of Pavement and Beck; closer in harmony to The Flaming Lips.
  6. Billboard
    A daring yet accessible disc.
  7. Even though this album isn't as immediately or showily brilliant as The Moon & Antarctica, Good News for People Who Love Bad News reveals itself as just as strong a statement.
  8. New Musical Express (NME)
    A real-life pop record. Well, not pop in the Girls Aloud sense of the word obviously, more in the drop-dead, fuzz-box brilliant 'Here Comes Your Man' sense. [10 Jul 2004, p.48]
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    [A] Tom Waits-ian reinvention. [9 Apr 2004, p.84]
  10. If there's a touchstone band for this album, it's Little Creatures-era Talking Heads cranking out songs that are joyously eccentric, celebratory and catchy.
  11. This is a more varied album than The Moon and Antarctica (which did seem to have only one speed), and with the return of original member Dan Gallucci, Brock appears to have revived the heavy lead guitar playing of their early work.
  12. It just feels that amidst his bare and heartfelt explorations of life and the old wooden box wherein we all end up, Brock has learned to dance, learned to allow himself a smile.
  13. Alternative Press
    If Good News... isn't the pillar-like masterpiece Modest Mouse fans have waited years for, it's proof that things haven't completely fallen apart. [May 2004, p.92]
  14. Q Magazine
    45 bonkers minutes. [Jun 2004, p.103]
  15. On the group's fourth proper album, a mightier Mouse refine their weirdness and become a pop band while grasping at dark truths that pop ordinarily denies.
  16. While the album is not as cohesive a vision, many of its songs are more focused.
  17. The A.V. Club
    The songs still rely on Brock's echoing guitar patterns and Mobius-strip lyrics, delivered in the voice of a harried, hip-hop-inflected square-dance caller, but though the vehicle stays the same, the scenery outside the window changes considerably.
  18. The Mouse is back, just as polished and schizo as it ever was.
  19. This is a great band's most fully realized and mature album in a career already dotted with highpoints.
  20. Mojo
    Moments of simple, exultant joy are plentiful. [Jun 2004, p.102]
  21. Good News could well be looked back on as the band's rite of passage, filled with energetic but reckless noisemakers and more studied, stylistically adventurous tracks.
  22. For all its transcendent moments, Good News ultimately fails to hold together all that well as an album.
  23. No bad news here, just more headline-making from an innovative, ever-maturing group of musicians.
  24. Probably the biggest complaint could be that the group has tightened up their sound even more on this release, leaving behind even more of the roughshod qualities that made their earlier discs blister with such energy.
  25. A useful addition to a genre that prizes brain over brawn.
  26. At these transcending moments, "Good News...". is elevated into excellence. But overall, there is too much Mouse that bores and not enough Mouse that roars.
  27. A lot of major label-imposed ideas, like rhythm guitar and a heartbreakingly conventional new bass sound, combine to utterly ruin the record's first half. If you can make it through to News' innards, however, an EP's worth of something like better-recorded, more thought-out Lonesome Crowded West material awaits.
  28. Blender
    [Brock is] adept at wringing out emotion while straddling sentimentality, but too often here, gauche studio affectations make his sap sound plain cheap. [Apr 2004, p.134]
  29. Gone is pretty much everything they’ve learned in the last eight years or so, ditching all the progress they’ve made in favor of just making another Modest Mouse record. The results, needless to say, are disappointing.
  30. Uncut
    There are some pleasantly elaborate, wayward songs here... Forays into funk and Tom Waits' scrapyard are cringe-inducing, though. [Sep 2004, p.110]

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 186 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 113
  2. Negative: 8 out of 113
  1. methe
    Dec 22, 2006
    Goodbye old modest mouse.
  2. Nov 11, 2015
    One of Modest Mouse's best albums along with "The Lonesome Crowded West" and "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank".

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    One of Modest Mouse's best albums along with "The Lonesome Crowded West" and "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank".

    Filled with bitter-sweet lyrics, raw and yet beautiful instrumentation, and just simply enjoyable from start to finish. Also, "Float On" may be one of the greatest indie rock songs ever recorded.
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  3. CiV
    Jun 27, 2013
    This album may go down as one of the best rock albums of the 21st century. Not one song on this album is below a 9, on top of that, every songThis album may go down as one of the best rock albums of the 21st century. Not one song on this album is below a 9, on top of that, every song sounds unique from one-another. Full Review »