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Universal acclaim- based on 167 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 8 out of 167

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  1. Dec 19, 2010
    Their best album. there's not much I can say about it except that it has many songs I liked, only downside is that I'm christian and I've heard they're disrespectful to god but I guess that's OK with me since I like to play marilyn manson's the reflecting god before I go to sleep sometimes( and I usually pray after), maybe I just like the music or maybe my subconcius is a hypocrite but I try not to listen to the lyrics on a song when they say something i hate instead of hating the song when the song is awesome, so I'm just gonna say it's a good album. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2012
    This is a real favourite of mine. Pure class, Modest Mouses best work by a country mile and one of the albums of the 00's. Not a bad track to be found and several classics here including the brilliant rockers "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 unique, so I don't like comparing them to anyone but this record reminds me a lot of the Pixies Doolittle. It may be Brocks crazy sounding vocals reflecting Black Francis in parts, not quite sure. If you like your indie/alternative rock then buy this record - you won't be disappointed. I'd give this a 9.3 but unfortunately rounding to the closest number leaves it with 9. Expand
  3. Nov 3, 2011
    I really like this album.

    The song lyrics are just awesome, even people who didn't like the music should read the lyrics to think about it.

    Rate of 10 for the Music and the Lyrics.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

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. Weathered now, their herky-jerk stands up smartly to interjections from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
  3. 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]