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The Moon & Antarctica (album) by Modest Mouse

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The Moon & Antarctica
The Moon & Antarctica by Modest Mouse (2000)
Overall rank: 110th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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84/100 (from 1,052 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 2000 (3rd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 2000s (17th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (110th)

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The Moon & Antarctica is ranked as the best album by Modest Mouse.

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90/100
Slows down a bit near the end, other than that a great album. Eric Judy sounds so good on this
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From craola
Over a decade since I first heard this thing, I'm still growling along.
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From rogue
I think I don't give this album as much credit as it deserves (and I still give it a LOT); I think that's solely because I got into it during a really strange time in my life where I was clinging to things that weren't good for me. The second half of this record is so heavy and bleak for me in places I can still really feel it, somehow it still stings and reminds me of a lot of darkness that I experienced. But isn't that the mark of truly effective music?

It's also one of the greatest opening songs on a record I've ever heard.
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80/100
Yes, I think I should try to listen more to this.
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80/100
This album might have the best opening trio of songs, everytime a i liten to 3rd planet I can avoid listening to the whole album again.
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I came late to the Modest Mouse train, but after listening to this album regularly for weeks, it finally clicked. While LCW may be their best work, this is not far behind and is definitely a more cohesive album.
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From Vatsal
This album took a while.. a good long time to grow on me as a whole. the first 3 songs were instant delights, "The stars are projectors" emerged out as the absolute highlight, and "wild pack of family dogs" is catchy af; but the album is so long (not a complaint) and every song is so individualistic with a full lyrical meaning of its own (no interludes or extended instrumentals) that it took a while for the entire thing to come together in my mind and make sense as a complete, cohesive album.
It definitely rewards multiple listens and has enough going on to keep you want to dig more and more into it. What makes this album really win is the absolute lack of any fillers. Every song earns its place here with its own merits and that makes this a more or less flawless album with the whole still being more than the sum of its parts.
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From Ashmark
A lot going on to keep you interested. Worth repeated listens.
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From Thad
I can sympathize with a lot of the comments here, but I think the raw heart and soul on this album is hard to be matched by anyone else in my opinion. I do concede that I prefer TLCW, but both are in my top 15. MM has a way of writing very abstract and dense lyrics that simultaneously seem to be talking about very specific, real experiences.
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75/100
Slightly overrated I feel. A lot of moments only consolidate what has already been heard and don't really push any boundaries or introduce a new sound. Having said that, the first three tracks are three of MM's best songs. The closer is a fantastic change of pace too and finishes the record appropriately. Always preferred TLCW.

Favourite Tracks: 3rd Planet, Gravity Rides Everything, Dark Center Of The Universe, The Stars Are Projectors, What People Are Made Of

Least Favourite Tracks: Life Like Weeds

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