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  • Summary: Produced by Dennis Herring (Camper Van Beethoven), the latest release from the Seattle-based indie rockers sees a return of guitarist Dann Gallucci (last with the band on Sad Sappy Sucker) and a new drummer (Benjamin Weikel) as well as a guest spot from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
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  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. 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. The Mouse is back, just as polished and schizo as it ever was.
  4. 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.
  5. No bad news here, just more headline-making from an innovative, ever-maturing group of musicians.
  6. 40
    There are some pleasantly elaborate, wayward songs here... Forays into funk and Tom Waits' scrapyard are cringe-inducing, though. [Sep 2004, p.110]

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  2. Negative: 8 out of 112
  1. Dec 19, 2010
    10
    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. Nov 3, 2011
    10
    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.
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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 song sounds unique from one-another. Expand
  4. Feb 28, 2012
    9
    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
  5. Jul 3, 2012
    8
    I enjoyed it. I've only listened to it once so I'm not to sure how it will hold up over many listens, but so far so good.
  6. Dec 23, 2010
    8
    Modest Mouse have crafted an odd kind of album here with Good News For People Who Love Bad News. Every track sounds great. It's a good set of tracks. But they all sound random and different. Every song is more different than the previous song, It's not necessarily a bad thing, just seems kind of random. But I never listened to much Modest Mouse before this album and I hear that's there kind of thing. But anyways, Very good album. Every song is diverse and intricate and sometimes pretty funny. "Float On" is one of my favorite songs. "Black Cadillacs" is a great song. All In All, Good News For People Who Love Bad News is a great album. B+ Expand
  7. Apr 25, 2012
    1
    A rather dreadful album, only "Float On" even registers as anything of quality. This album is a complete waste of money and a complete waste of time.

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