The Moon & Antarctica (album) by Modest Mouse

The Moon & Antarctica
The Moon & Antarctica by Modest Mouse
Year: 2000
Overall rank: 128th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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84/100 (from 1,115 votes)
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From 06/25/2020 23:46
Indie space punk? Hell yeah.
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From 03/01/2020 23:06

Gravity Rides Everything
3rd Planet
Dark Center Of The Universe
The Stars Are Projectors
Paper Thin Walls
Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
Alone Down There
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From 02/11/2020 20:49
Fun soft rock. Sometimes has a Nirvana/Pixies feel to it (sometimes too much). All in all, catchy and contains just enough surprises to not make me bored. The "experimental" stuff makes me think "what are you doing exactly?" with very little awe as I'm used to from indie rock. So yeah, not bad, but not nearly as mindblowing as some people find it. It sounds like a rerun of post-punk, with the noise and expressiveness removed, leaving just... catchy soft rock. Sometimes it is injected back in it again, but so carefully orchestrated, I sometimes think I'm listening to a classical symphony, a bit like prog rock, annoying and cringy. I think my comparison with soft rock is a lesser insult (not at all an insult actually) than my comparison with classical music. They dragged the music world in another prog rock era (I guess I can blame them for that, don't know any earlier examples of this type of calculatedness in post-punk (I refuse to use the term grunge)), and luckily this time it got less traction.

Lyrics like "the universe is shaped exactly like the earth..." make the physicist inside me cringe. Not because it is not true (it might, if we don't take the "exactly" too serious, since the earth is a 2D surface, while the universe... this is exactly how pedantic I didn't want to get, yet here I am), but it's just really cringy. Nerdy in a sense.
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From 03/31/2019 14:15
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 01/16/2019 21:21
Over a decade since I first heard this thing, I'm still growling along.
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From 01/16/2019 19:22
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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From 12/21/2018 16:43
Yes, I think I should try to listen more to this.
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From 12/09/2018 02:17
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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From 04/05/2018 05:28
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 03/24/2018 05:38
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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