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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 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. Their most cohesive collection of songs to date...
  4. The Moon and Antarctica is darker and colder than their previous stuff, but maintains the very particular blend of peculiar lyrics and uncompromising rock that consistently weaves through all their records.
  5. 80
    A dark album that shines very brightly. [#46, p.85]
  6. What is lost in warm immediacy is gained in eclectic cool...
  7. 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: 49 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. May 28, 2011
    10
    Staggering. A masterpiece of sound, ambition, ambiance, and songwriting, this album is something that no alt-rock collection is complete without.
  2. 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 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
  3. Aug 7, 2012
    10
    A great kaleidoscope of emotion and sound. Few albums are as hard hitting as "The Moon And Antarctica" Isaac Brock is nothing short of a genius, this album is a look into the head of the Modest Mouse Front-man. This album takes you on a journey through his mind, like a collage of memories, drunk ramblings, introspective thoughts, and beautiful soundscapes. "The Moon And Antarctica" is a classic and if at first you don't "get it" give it a couple more listens it's well worth it for this timeless slice of Americana. Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2011
    9
    Took me awhile to fully appreciate this album but what an album it is. Sounds completely different from Modest Mouse today. The lyrics are dark and the tracks are teetering on the edge of Neo-psychedelic rock. The lyrics are very well written and it's just a really good album. All In All, you may not like it the first time but give it a second go and you'll definitely enjoy this album. A- Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2013
    8
    [8.8] You might figure that an odd band like Modest Mouse has to reach the full extent of their eccentricity to make their best album. The Moon and Antarctica is relatively tame for Modest Mouse, and consistently great. The distortion of this album, its constant distant echo, its playfully serious tone, and most importantly, Issac Brock's schizophrenic approach to singing. This is easily accessible to those who understand it in context, but to those who dismiss it as "weird," shouldn't have bothered to try Modest Mouse in the first place. The Moon and Antarctica is as "consistent" as Modest Mouse can possibly get. Expand
  6. Feb 29, 2012
    7
    Parts of this are absolute brilliance, other parts are a bit strange and meandering but then I suppose that's Modest Mouse for you. It doesn't have the same consistency as Good News...... had but it's one of those records that is enjoyable to get into. While "The Stars Are Projectors" is up there with anything they've ever done, there are probably too many tracks on it that sound like half formed idea's rather than completed songs. Expand

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