Epic (2011, Reissue)
Modest Mouse Monday. This is probably the record that people are most familiar with, in general, when it comes to Modest Mouse. Though I wouldn't argue it is their number one record, it is certainly the one with the big hit song, "Float On." I love that song, I'm glad the band gained more notoriety from it. Like last week's album, I did have a copy of the original vinyl pressing of this record, but I sold it around the same time for equally silly eBay money. Luckily I was correct in my thoughts that it would get reissued.
Also, as I did with The Moon & Antarctica, I grabbed this album during a Best Buy online vinyl sale. I believe I got it for $10, but I picked it up a few months ago so I don't remember for sure. The cover of mine got a little dinged up during shipping, but it's not too bad.
Modest Mouse was never more poppy and accessible than they were on "Float On," but the album as a whole is equally great. "The World At Large," "Ocean Breathes Salty" and "Black Cadillacs" are incredible songs and the entire album is just littered with good tunes. Like all Modest Mouse records, I think it goes a little long. My opinion has always been if the band were able to cut out about 3 or 4 songs from each album, everything would end up a little tighter. That being said, I'm sure there are plenty of people glad to have as much Modest Mouse as humanly possible crammed into each album.
Modest Mouse - "Black Cadillacs:
Modest Mouse - "Ocean Breathes Salty":