Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 100
    Half expansive, burnished radio-rock, half swampy Delta hoodoo-hollerin' that reeks of Brock's Southern sojourn. [May 2004, p.103]
  4. [A] Tom Waits-ian reinvention. [9 Apr 2004, p.84]
  5. 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.
  6. 92
    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]
  7. A daring yet accessible disc.
  8. 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.
  9. Weathered now, their herky-jerk stands up smartly to interjections from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
  10. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 168 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 112
  2. Negative: 8 out of 112
  1. methe
    Dec 22, 2006
    Goodbye old modest mouse.
  2. 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 song sounds unique from one-another. Full Review »
  3. Jan 29, 2013
    An amazing album by far. You should definitely buy this album if you love listening to indie rock music and if you are doing homework because it is amazing when doing homework. definitely a must have (I think I am repeating myself but oh well) not the best for gaming and such but its also a great roadtrip album as well so i really do recommend you buy this album because it really is good Full Review »