Monday, September 25, 2006

Hit the Deck, It's the Decal Man

I just realized, after three years or so, how well Modest Mouse is able to circumvent formal pop conventions on The Moon & Antarctica. Not only are the songs coherent, but the absence of familiar song structure enhances the rambling feel of the album as a whole. The scattered and clustered versification, the deranged cowboy poet narrative voice that seems to manifest itself in most of their lyrics, the actual sound of the band's music! The Moon & Antarctica is cohesive, sure, but it's also good for listening to.

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