• 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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. For all its transcendent moments, Good News ultimately fails to hold together all that well as an album.
  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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This is a great band's most fully realized and mature album in a career already dotted with highpoints.
  10. 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.
  11. A useful addition to a genre that prizes brain over brawn.
  12. 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.
  13. No bad news here, just more headline-making from an innovative, ever-maturing group of musicians.
  14. Weathered now, their herky-jerk stands up smartly to interjections from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
  15. 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.
  16. While the album is not as cohesive a vision, many of its songs are more focused.
  17. The Mouse is back, just as polished and schizo as it ever was.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. New Musical Express (NME)
    90
    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]
  21. Mojo
    80
    Moments of simple, exultant joy are plentiful. [Jun 2004, p.102]
  22. Q Magazine
    80
    45 bonkers minutes. [Jun 2004, p.103]
  23. Alternative Press
    80
    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]
  24. 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]
  25. 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]
  26. Filter
    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]
  27. Spin
    100
    Half expansive, burnished radio-rock, half swampy Delta hoodoo-hollerin' that reeks of Brock's Southern sojourn. [May 2004, p.103]
  28. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    [A] Tom Waits-ian reinvention. [9 Apr 2004, p.84]
  29. Billboard
    90
    A daring yet accessible disc.
  30. The A.V. Club
    80
    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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 194 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 194
  1. methe
    Dec 22, 2006
    3
    Goodbye old modest mouse.
  2. Oct 28, 2017
    9
    This is a real favourite of mine. A truly class album, Modest Mouses best work in my opinion and one of the albums of the 00's. Not a badThis is a real favourite of mine. A truly class album, Modest Mouses best work in my opinion and one of the albums of the 00's. Not a bad track to┬ábe found and several classics here including the cult favourites "Float On", "Bury Me With It" and "One Chance" along with the magnificently gentle "Blame It On The Tetons". Modest Mouse and Isaac Brock are undoubtedly unique and I don't like comparing them to anyone but this record does remind me a lot of the Pixies Doolittle. It may be Brocks unnerving vocals mirroring Black Francis in parts, not quite sure. If you like your indie/alternative rock then buy this record - you won't be disappointed. A treat. Full Review »
  3. May 1, 2017
    9
    This is Modest Mouse being creative, deep and mature as ever. While it could be argued that some tracks lower the overall quality bar set upThis is Modest Mouse being creative, deep and mature as ever. While it could be argued that some tracks lower the overall quality bar set up by "The World at Large", "Float On" and many others, the album is still a stud in the Modest Mouse discography. Full Review »