August 31, 2000

Test Spins

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On their major-label debut, longtime indie darlings Modest Mouse deliver an impressive effort that melds the best aspects of their previous albums into a logical extension of their offbeat sound on what is easily their best and most cohesive album to date.

Exploring themes of loneliness, desolation, and seclusion in modern life, The Moon & Antarctica weaves a dense, layered atmosphere that reflects these heady topics.

The album flows easily from the lovely “Gravity Rides Everything,” which is propelled by backwards drums, to the Fugazi-inspired heaviness of “What People Are Made Of.”

Every subsequent listen is guaranteed to reveal some hidden aspect of the music