Good News For People Who Love Bad News

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Apr 6, 2004
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. Blender
    60
    [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]
  3. 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.
  4. Uncut
    40
    There are some pleasantly elaborate, wayward songs here... Forays into funk and Tom Waits' scrapyard are cringe-inducing, though. [Sep 2004, p.110]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 185 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 113
  2. Negative: 8 out of 113
  1. methe
    Dec 22, 2006
    3
    Goodbye old modest mouse.
  2. Nov 11, 2015
    9
    One of Modest Mouse's best albums along with "The Lonesome Crowded West" and "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank".

    Filled with
    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
    10
    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 »