Good News For People Who Love Bad News

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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. 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]
  3. This is a great band's most fully realized and mature album in a career already dotted with highpoints.
  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. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 113
  2. Negative: 8 out of 113
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Lifeisstillsweet
    Jun 11, 2004
    10
    If this was the end of Modest Mouse, their catalog of albums would seem complete to me. At no point in this band's career did they If this was the end of Modest Mouse, their catalog of albums would seem complete to me. At no point in this band's career did they degress. This album is climactic. How could Modest Mouse possibly create a better album. The band must be completely drained of creative energy. I guess I'm just a little worried that nothing will ever sound as good as "good news" to a person who loves bad news. I hope Modest mouse proves me wrong. Expand
  3. Awhina
    Dec 29, 2005
    10
    Modest Mouse at the top of their game. Isaac Brock's songwriting at its very best. Definitely up there with Moon and Antarctica as one Modest Mouse at the top of their game. Isaac Brock's songwriting at its very best. Definitely up there with Moon and Antarctica as one of the best Modest Mouse albums ever. I have been listening to it on a regular basis for about 8 months now... that's very impressive for somebody who usually gets sick of an album within a couple of weeks! The View and Float On are definitely highlights of this consistently great album. Expand
  4. DevinB
    Apr 14, 2004
    9
    While still a strong CD by any standard, Good News is certainly NOT the best Modest Mouse CD yet, as some less informed have claimed. While While still a strong CD by any standard, Good News is certainly NOT the best Modest Mouse CD yet, as some less informed have claimed. While the first half shimmers and sparkles under studio affectations, the songs are indelible and strong, both "Float On" and "Bury Me With It" are worthy of instant canonization with the best of Modest Mouse's work. However, the album fails to hold together cohesively, especially in the uneven second half, ushered in by the truly awful "Dance Hall." Although there are some gems here, like "Bukowski" and "Black Caddilacs," the ideas just don't come together to add up to anything more than the sum of their parts. And some of the parts leave a little to be desired. On the whole, this album is quite good, more than worthy of a good listen, as evidenced by its heavy rotation in my CD player. However, those who claim that this album eclipses the sprawling majesty of The Moon and Antarctica or the spastic genius of The Lonesome Crowded West are undoubtedly not familiar enough with those disks. Expand
  5. Jan 29, 2013
    9
    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 becauseAn 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 Expand
  6. ChadS
    Aug 12, 2004
    8
    Did Modest Mouse hire Greg Ballard to produce their album? No. Is "Float On" going to appeal to the Britney/Christina fanbase? No. Modest Did Modest Mouse hire Greg Ballard to produce their album? No. Is "Float On" going to appeal to the Britney/Christina fanbase? No. Modest Mouse's transition from Calvin Johnson to Calvin Klein is a graceful one, comparable to R.E.M. and They Might Be Giants(for one album). There are many breaches of artistic credibility more horrific than "Good News For People..." Did Modest Mouse share a twinbill with Alanis Morissette? No. Did Modest Mouse cover Chumbawumba's "Tubthumping"? No. We need all the good music we can get. Give them a break. Expand
  7. darrenp
    Apr 17, 2004
    1
    I like hotdogs. This CD had none. WTF?

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