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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. yaright
    Jan 10, 2005
    this is the best record ive heard in a long time. These guys are amazing.
  2. Jack
    Jul 12, 2006
    Oh yes... Ohhh yes.
  3. davepv
    Sep 6, 2005
    I've been listening to this album for 5 years since its release. It never gets stale; always enthralls. Such energetic vitriol through the fractured prism of young men trying to make sense of things. (Yeah, I was a young man when purchased; still am). Yet they never do-- make sense of it, I mean. They are on a ceaselessly eliptical loop here and it collapses into despair and darkness and desolation. Its all the more breathtaking for it. But, man, that energy. Did I mention it rocks!? Expand
  4. JulioP
    Oct 4, 2006
    A fantastic album. You will listen to this over and over...
  5. TomP
    Jun 29, 2009
    It doesn't matter whether you're a fan or not; you need to get this album somehow, immediately. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is easily one of the ten best albums to come out in this decade. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2011
    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
  7. time
    Nov 14, 2006
    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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