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  • Summary: 'We Were Dead,' the Isaac Brock-led band's follow-up to its breakthrough 2004 hit 'Good News for People Who Love Bad News,' is their first release to feature their newest member, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. The Shins' James Mercer guests on three tracks.
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. This 14-track-strong album is very much good news for people who loved Good News for People Who Love Bad News.
  2. Music dignitaries and primordial fans will be contented. If they’re smart, they’ll rejoice.
  3. 80
    [The album] adds a newfound sang-froid to their quiet/loud approach. [May 2007, p.100]
  4. In the end, it's not as excellent as their early work, but still pretty entertaining.
  5. This could be Modest Mouse's finest hour were it not a little long - the nuances are occasionally rather swamped by the effort of listening to the hour-long record through.
  6. We Were Dead... is denser than its predecessor with tunes that seem willfully harder to penetrate.
  7. Brock’s idiosyncratic worldview, so much a part of what made Modest Mouse special to begin with, has left the building.

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  1. Negative: 8 out of 149
  1. Djimi
    Jun 14, 2007
    More pure quality from Modest Mouse. I think some critics are just being pathetic and trying to go against the grain by giving it mediocre reviews just because they've become popular and had good sales, 'cos it really is a great band on top form. Expand
  2. JoeH
    Mar 17, 2007
    This album was surprisingly stellar upon firs listen. I am drunk, and it's St. patty's day, so I'll be brief. The album is fantastic, a little bit more conceptually coherent than Good News, yet there's a lot more of an overall identity between the songs. Standouts are 'We've Got Everything' (NEEDS TO BE A SINGLE), Steam Engenius, Missed the Boat, Parting of the Sensory, and Dashboard. Ps. Music fans of all ages will be in a total state of listening bliss for atleast the first 13 seconds of People as Places as People. That song is a masterpiece. Expand
  3. LukeH
    Mar 24, 2007
    How many other bands have been around for over a decade and have never released a bad album? Fucking Great.
  4. JeffV
    Mar 19, 2007
    Yeah, it doesn't sound like Lonesome Crowded West, but that came out ten years ago. I've listened to WWDBTSES a lot in the past month. It seems to be a mix or GNFPWLBN and tM&A. There are a couple really catchy songs that you'll probably be hearing a lot on your college radio station, just like the last two albums. There are few of the bipolar songs that sound more like a medly of two songs than one unified track, but they are also some of the best tracks on the album. The presence of Marr is felt, but doesn't distract. I was kinda disappointed by their last album, so I was skeptical. I'm glad I was proven wrong. This is right up there with LCW and tM&A. It will be on lots of top ten lists in December. Expand
  5. G_do
    Dec 29, 2007
    I expected some more Johnny Marr signature in the guitar sound, but it's a great record. Everything sounds so fresh and lively. Not all songs are really great and I think it was even better when 2 or 3 tracks were not included , but the finest moments are simply damn brilliant. Expand
  6. Scott
    Mar 16, 2007
    Blew me away with its greatness
  7. noonenobody
    Mar 16, 2007

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