• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Aug 4, 2009
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This collection of B-sides, recorded over the past few years, is way more put-together than Modest Mouse’s previous rarities comps, Building Nothing Out Of Something and Sad Sappy Sucker. But it lacks the carefree charm of Isaac Brock’s pre-success indie rock experiments.
  2. ‘The Whale Song’ may offer a solitary crumb for old skool Micers to nibble, but unfortunately this EP will not offer much else.
  3. As a collection of odds and ends, No One’s First… is a necessarily disjointed album. It’s alternately disappointingly simple and refreshingly unique from song to song, torn between country, radio rock and classic Modest Mouse.
  4. Boring when they're not acting out, but too jarring when hitting their groove, Brock and company are forced to toe a finicky line between normalcy and absurdity.
  5. Each of these eight leftovers can be divided into rote, by-the-numbers Modest Mouse rock jams and meandering pseudo-experiments that feel, uncharacteristically and disappointingly, like nothing more than filler.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. DerekG
    Oct 30, 2009
    10
    listen to this 10 times or more and tell me it's not fantastic.
  2. Feb 22, 2015
    10
    The lead singer is essentially the president of ugly people...that being said i think you'll find yourself truly wondering if these angelsThe lead singer is essentially the president of ugly people...that being said i think you'll find yourself truly wondering if these angels could be the government.....a perfect 10 if you know what I mean Full Review »
  3. Oct 8, 2010
    9
    Even though some of their songs on this album are from other albums or EPs that never really made it big it's still wonderful to listen too.Even though some of their songs on this album are from other albums or EPs that never really made it big it's still wonderful to listen too. Modest Mouse is one of my favorite badn and this album (even though not the best) still continues to make me love the. The song writing in brilliant and the sounds are bizarre at times but still modern and fresh. It's something I can just keep listening too. I love it! Anyone who hasn't heard it has to listen to it. Full Review »