No One's First, And You're Next

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Modest Mouse had their commercial breakthrough with Good News for People Who Love Bad News and kept that momentum going with We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but this EP felt like a breather for the band before their next full-length. Which is only fitting, considering that these tracks are re-recorded versions of songs laid down during the Good News and We Were Dead sessions most of which were originally released on three limited-edition 7" singles. Yet the overall sound of No One's First, And You're Next is rawer than either of those albums, especially on "Satellite Skin," a rowdy, oddly Stones-y grind with some of Isaac Brock's most impassioned vocals in quite ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Modest Mouse had their commercial breakthrough with Good News for People Who Love Bad News and kept that momentum going with We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, but this EP felt like a breather for the band before their next full-length. Which is only fitting, considering that these tracks are re-recorded versions of songs laid down during the Good News and We Were Dead sessions most of which were originally released on three limited-edition 7" singles. Yet the overall sound of No One's First, And You're Next is rawer than either of those albums, especially on "Satellite Skin," a rowdy, oddly Stones-y grind with some of Isaac Brock's most impassioned vocals in quite some time. Indeed, most of these songs don't feel like they would have fit on either of those albums, yet they still capture many sides of the band, including "Guilty Cocker Spaniels"' sunny strum and "Autumn Beds"' rustic acoustics. Much of the EP falls somewhere in between Good News and We Were Dead's straight-ahead hits and quirkier detours in a way that actually feels more of a piece with Modest Mouse's earlier work; "The Whale Song"'s moody melody and anguished-sounding guitars echo the darkness of The Moon & Antarctica. Given that No One's First, And You're Next is essentially a re-recorded odds 'n' sods collection, it's not surprising that it tends to feel a little scattered. However, the EP's second half hooks into something of a groove, with "Perpetual Motion Machine"'s brassy bluster and "History Sticks to Your Feet"'s loopy rock providing highlights. The true standout, however, is "King Rat," which was originally a bonus track on We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Opening with an almost obscene brass wail from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, its righteous anger and backwater eccentricity make it quintessentially Modest Mouse. No One's First, And You're Next may not be as cohesive as the band's other compilations, but it's still a satisfying stop-gap release and a must for hardcore fans who missed these songs on vinyl.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886974628927
  • Catalog Number: 746289
  • Sales rank: 22,336

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Modest Mouse Primary Artist
Dennis Herring Wurlitzer
Johnny Marr Bass, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Jeremiah Green Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Isaac Brock Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Kalimba
Dann Gallucci Bass, Keyboards
Eric Judy Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano
Benjamin Weikel Drums
James Mercer Background Vocals
Joe Plummer Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Tom Peloso Piano, Keyboards, Lap Steel Guitar
Darrin Wiener Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Blaney Producer, Engineer
Dennis Herring Producer
Clay Jones Producer, Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Modest Mouse Composer
Joe Zook Engineer
Jacquire King Engineer
Isaac Brock Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Eric Judy Loop
Joshua Marc Levy Art Direction
Chris Mullins Illustrations
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally!

    i have been waiting for this release for a while now, and now that it's here, i realized that i didn't build myself up too much at all. This band has one of the key styles that i find truly appealing. passion and independence. They may have hit mainstream, but they still produce music that doesn't disappoint earlier fans, i tip the hat to these guys, and am hoping for many more releases such as this. in other words, a must-have.

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