Between their huge success with Good News…, adding Johnny Marr to the lineup, and being covered by Kidz Bop, expectations are high for Modest Mouse’s new one. Based on the 200 emails you guys have sent us, seems like it’s impressing most, annoying the rest. After months of “Marrdest” Mouse build up, our first impulse, obvs, was to scour the tracks for that Johnny touch. And Marr’s in there (“We’ve Got Everything,” for one), but he’s enhancing, not dominating. We need to listen more — and were less than impressed by their show at Webster and the shit-grade live boots — but the studio, Dennis Herring’s production, and James Mercer’s guest vocals (“Florida” in particular) have been good to the We Were Dead… tunes. It’s not the departure most probably expected, but is it enough to please the diehards? You’ve been into MM well before “Float On,” we know. Satisfied?
We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank is out 3/20 on Sony.