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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 149
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    This album contains, in its tracklist (14 songs), 4 of my favorite songs and a couple of more awesome songs that everybody should listen to.

    I highly recommend this for anyone who likes to mix songs with feelings.
  2. Dec 19, 2010
    Very good album but to me Good News for People Who Love Bad News was better, although Little motel is one of their best songs IMO. I wish Autumn beds was released in this album. Expand
  3. Jul 7, 2013
    Not as good as "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" or "The Moon & Antarctica", and definitely not as good as "The Lonesome Crowded West", but it's an ok album. Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2011
    We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank has some really good tracks on it. Modest Mouse has made another solid album. The sound of it is a little different from their previous work "Good News For People Who Love Bad News". It sounds pretty good for the most part. My favorite song on the album is "Spitting Venom". Amazing song. And "Dashboard", "Little Motel", and "Fire It Up" are all great tracks. All In All, a solid album with a handful of great tracks. B Expand

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