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Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves (2015) [HDTracks]

10-06-2016, 17:00
Rock | Alternative | Indie | HD & Vinyl

Title: Strangers to Ourselves
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Epic Records
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/88,2kHz]
Total Time: 57:01
Total Size: 1,21 GB

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine:
Perhaps the success of "Float On" discombobulated Isaac Brock even more than we suspected. Surely, there were signs of aimlessness on We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, the 2007 sequel to the surprise 2004 smash Good News for People Who Love Bad News, a record where hired gun Johnny Marr was brought aboard to give the band a jolt. This booster shot wore off quickly and Brock receded from the spotlight, sitting out the better part of a decade before re-emerging with Strangers to Ourselves in the spring of 2015. In the interim, he shed longterm collaborator Eric Judy -- he left sometime around 2012, replaced by Russell Higbee -- added guitarist Jim Fairchild and auxiliary player Lisa Molinaro, attempted to record an album with Big Boi, toyed with bringing Krist Novoselic aboard, then finally decided to get back to where he once belonged. Brock's return to roots is naturally a roundabout of detours, a record that bounces between stylized eccentricity and streamlined strangeness, stopping occasionally to soak in a scenic, dreamy view. Strangers to Ourselves starts at this hazy point, swooning with a narcotic sway that recalls peak Mercury Rev, but it's not long before Modest Mouse begins bouncing at a syncopation that recalls "Float On," just one of many deliberate references to the ghosts of alt-rock past haunting Strangers to Ourselves. "Pistol" skeeves out like a disco-fied outtake from Ween's Pure Guava, the carnivalesque "Sugar Boats" lurches forward on a circus piano reminiscent of Blur, "The Best Room" circles around a guitar riff that echoes Space Ghost Coast to Coast, each a signal that Brock is comfortable keeping the dream of the '90s. The trick is, he now has the skill of a consummate craftsman, so the raggedness here comes across as deliberate, probably because the moments that are less consciously quirky -- i.e., the bulk of the album -- are so skillfully constructed. So, Strangers to Ourselves is an album where the trees matter more than the forest: song for song, it demonstrates the exacting nature of Brock but put it all together, it sprawls.


01 Stranger To Ourselves
02 Lampshades On Fire
03 Shit In Your Cut
04 Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, Fl, 1996)
05 Ansel
06 The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box
07 Coyotes
08 God Is An Indian And You're An Asshole
09 Sugar Boats
10 Wicked Campaign
11 Be Brave
12 Pups To Dust
13 The Tortoise And The Tourist
14 The Best Room
15 Of Course We Know

Modest Mouse
Isaac Brock - Vocals, Guitar, Twelve String, Piano, Rhodes, Mellotron, Bass, EBow, Baritone Guitar, MS-20
Jeremiah Green - Drums, Conga, Sequencers, Electronic Drums, Djembe, Death Whistle, Vibes, Korg, Kalimba, Cigar Box, Guitar, Backing vocals
Tom Peloso - Bass, Synth, Rhodes, Piano, Upright Piano, Cornet, Kalimba, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jim Fairchild - Guitar, Rhodes, Ukulele, Backing Vocals
Russel Higbee - Bass, Rhodes, Upright Bass, Guitar, Pump Organ, Vibes, Electric Piano, Baritone Guitar, Euphonium, Kalimba, Cornet Organ, Backing Vocals
Lisa Molinaro - Viola, Cello, Bass, Vocals
Additional Instrumentation[edit]
Ben Massaralla - Percussion
Darrin Wiener - Modular Synthesis, Field Recordings, 303 Programming, Sound Manipulation
Dann Gallucci - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Synth, Drum Machine Sequencing
Davey Brozowski - Percussion
James Mercer - Vocals
Jose Medeles - Drums, Percussion, Vibes
William Slater - Banjo on "The Ground Walks, with Time in a Box", Piano, Rhodes, Modular Synth, Backing vocals
Maureen Pandos - Upright Bass
Tristan Forney - Tuba
Corrina Repp - Backing Vocals
Jeremy Sherrer - Timbales, MPC Proggraming, Backing Vocals
Tucker Martine - Percussion
Seth Lorinczi - Bass
Ryan Baldoz - Backwards Bass

Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves (2015) [HDTracks]

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