Glacial Pace (2015, Reissue)
I have two more weeks of Modest Mouse Monday I can write about now as the reissues of Interstate 8 and Building Nothing Out Of Something finally arrived at IBWTMRDC headquarters. I decided to try to keep up with the colored vinyl versions of these reissues so I grabbed them both from a UK based website. Although I really expected Newbury Comics to end up with an exclusive variant, as of right now this version from Europe is the only one out there.
I'm not positive the red vinyl really goes with the artwork all that well, but the artwork itself is phenomenal. I don't have the original pressing that came out on Up records, but from what I've been able to find out by looking online, I don't think it was made with the really incredible looking vellum slip that goes over the main artwork printed on the album cover. The first pressings of the original CD had this and its even more impressing looking as an LP, even if it makes taking a picture of the record a bit more difficult.
From a music standpoint, you really could make an argument that this is in fact the best Modest Mouse album released. Granted, it's not a proper full length album as the tracks had been previously released as singles and bonus tracks. That being said, the quality of the songs and how well they match up with each other really makes it feel like an album that was somehow planned all along. Some of my favorite Modest Mouse songs live on this guy like "Never Ending Math Equation" and "All Night Diner."
Great presentation and great songs. I can't really think of a reason not to buy it. You don't even have to be a goof like me and buy it from England if you don't care about the colored vinyl.
Modest Mouse - "Never Ending Math Equation":
Modest Mouse - "All Night Diner":