The Moon & Antarctica

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Checkout.com
    100
    Moment for moment, there's not a more significant collection of songs to spend your life with...
  2. Production notwithstanding, the major-label move is the lyric sheet, which situates their circular minor-key riffs in a congruent worldview: eternal recurrence as infinite regress as cosmic bummer.
  3. 80
    Remarkably mature and absorbing.
  4. Magnet
    80
    A dark album that shines very brightly. [#46, p.85]
  5. A visit to desolate regions... a 60-minute, 15-song treatise on isolation, displacement and a seemingly bottomless spiritual void.
  6. 30
    The Moon and Antarctica does show Modest Mouse willing to change. Too bad it wasn't for the better.... Mistaking subject for style, Modest Mouse has chosen to accentuate on a tendency to drift rather than an ability to write emotionally effective songs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. kayleec
    Feb 16, 2005
    10
    I ia and awesome album, with awesome vocals
  2. amyc
    Sep 26, 2003
    10
    leaves me breathless every time.
  3. Jack
    Jul 12, 2006
    10
    Oh yes... Ohhh yes.
  4. drewk
    Sep 13, 2005
    10
    This is one of my three favorite albums of all-time (OK Computer & Kid A being the others). Spin magazine should be taken to the woodshed for This is one of my three favorite albums of all-time (OK Computer & Kid A being the others). Spin magazine should be taken to the woodshed for giving this album such a poor review. M&A over time will come to be considered one the true masterpieces of the last 20 years. Unbelievable. Expand
  5. KindallG.
    Jul 17, 2007
    10
    I thought this was at once a peaceful and jarring record. Songs like "Cities Made of Ashes" and "Alone Down There" jolted me awake with their I thought this was at once a peaceful and jarring record. Songs like "Cities Made of Ashes" and "Alone Down There" jolted me awake with their ugly abruptness, while spare, strange beauties such as "The Cold Part" made me think of dark European cities and lonely country roads. Basically, like much of their previous work, "The Moon and Antactica" explores the frightening and fascinating elements of travel, death, and the human heart. I think it is ambitious because it doesn't placate it's fans with catchy tunes; the record tries for something more: art. Expand
  6. Dec 22, 2010
    10
    Modest Mouse gained huge popularity in the late 2010's for their album good news for people who love bad news. But Brock's greatest work is noModest Mouse gained huge popularity in the late 2010's for their album good news for people who love bad news. But Brock's greatest work is no doubt The moon and Antarctica. A surreal musical adventure the strongest of all the albums and one of the few of their albums were i haven't found at least one average song (even good news had some annoying songs notably bury me with it). Expand
  7. time
    Nov 14, 2006
    5
    Give me a break! Spin magazine was right the first time. And this was back when Spin was considered groundbreaking. Nobody even payed Give me a break! Spin magazine was right the first time. And this was back when Spin was considered groundbreaking. Nobody even payed attention to this album until "Float On" became a hit. People were pissed off at them for making it big so they just went to this album because it was more "Indie" than "Good News..." Hating a band because they had a hit. How pathetic. Good News is not only their best but it's one of the best albums of the entire decade. Expand

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