Modest Mouse – No One’s First, and You’re Next

Review Score: 6.5

Modest Mouse’s previous EP dates way back to 2001, when they released Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks which featured unreleased material from then their latest album, The Moon & Antarctica. Fast forward 9 years and they release No One’s First, and You’re Next. The formula is the same, only this time we get b-sides from not just one but two albums.

Of course the fact that this record was put together from songs that weren’t deemed good enough to make it on Good News for People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (which weren’t great albums to begin with) might give you a rough idea of how good it is. Yes, not very good. You’ve got your standard, only too familiar, Modest Mouse guitar driven indie rock. The only exception is the amazing The Whale Song. With a sound that’s reminiscent of the highly regarded Moon & Antarctica period it’s literally the best Modest Mouse song I’ve heard in ages. It only begs the question why it wasn’t included on their previous albums. That said, the rest are completely forgettable and bland b-sides that pose no interest whatsoever.

Predictably, No One’s First, and You’re Next doesn’t break any new, yet to be explored path. It’s the kind of record that can only be freely recommended to long time fans that need to hear each and every Modest Mouse creation. Casual listeners will be better off with the albums.


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