The Golden Casket

Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2021 Ratings: #458 / 605
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Based on 296 ratings
2021 Ratings: #737
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The Pacific Northwesters have turned in a psychedelic pop masterwork that picks up the positivity they first explored with 2004 mega-smash 'Float On'.


Modest Mouse’s The Golden Casket is a lively and soulful return; one marked by a distinct sense of clarity and appreciation of life.

Under The Radar

Modest Mouse prove they have the staying power to remain atop the indie rock heap with their knack for harnessing a whimsical energy combined with tight little nuggets of sound and various fragments from diverse styles and genres to create something entirely different that is both exciting and fresh.

Slant Magazine

The Golden Casket is polished, meticulously constructed, and surprisingly buoyant.


Tightly woven set is the first in six years for indie rock stalwarts.

Northern Transmissions

It’s surprisingly fresh and full of the kind of brooding you would associate with Brock’s songwriting but the edges here feel softened, shiny and secure.


All things taken together, The Golden Casket is an unexpected triumph. It rejuvenates Modest Mouse’s formula, revealing shiny new highways to success without eliminating the same old reliable roads.

No Ripcord

Though The Golden Casket shows Modest Mouse at their most accessible and tuneful ... they return to some of the experimental aspects that defined so much of their early work. 


The band’s first new album in six years is a procession of pinging, clanging, reverberating tactile pleasures, an inventive backdrop for Isaac Brock’s familiar blend of forced optimism and unforced paranoia.


Those in thrall to Modest Mouse's well-honed blend of ramshackle punk-folk and predilection for dispensing off-grid wisdom will find much favour with the latest addition to their cannon.


This is not quite Modest Mouse at their best, but they’re not a million miles away from it, either.


Modest Mouse's finest work since Good News for People Who Love Bad News.


Most of the songs on The Golden Casket don’t sound like they’re of a piece, and while the album has its moments, an overall lack of cohesion means they quickly fade.

Rolling Stone

Modest Mouse are making music the same way they always have, but it sounds more forced this time, like they had to work harder to find inspiration.


Modest Mouse fans will probably be satisfied with the sound of the record, but the overall organisation and narrative progression of the album leaves something to be desired.

The Needle Drop

The Golden Casket isn't as uninspired as its predecessor; it's more like ill-inspired.

Let me get this straight: this band still knows how to write a good song (as they show on "Back to the Middle") but this album still consistently sounds like shit for the rest of the runtime? How does that happen?

Modest Mouse is a band that is deeply important to me. They're easily my favorite indie rock group, and have even made my 8th favorite record of all time with The Moon & Antarctica. Thus, it pains me to criticize them. We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank makes me ... read more
Over the last two albums indie rock mainstays Modest Mouse have taken pretty significant gaps before releasing new material. In 2015, when Strangers to Ourselves came out, there was an air of excitement given that fans had waited eight long years for a follow up to the relatively well received We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank. Now six years removed from that album, I would ration that the mood is somewhere between anxious and apathetic; after a disappointing experience for the last go ... read more
Wow... yep.

This is disappointing, alright. Modest Mouse used to be one of the best frontrunners of the indie rock scene from the mid-90's to the mid-2000's. The four-way streak of "This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About", "The Lonesome Crowded West", "The Moon and Antarctica" and even their more accessible "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" was incredible! Hell, I don't even mind "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even ... read more
Yeah, I don't care. I really like this a lot. I've listened in the car, on some quality headphones, on my nice stereo setup. It sounds great to me.


Modest Mouse just being here now is enough for me. Listened to this album a good 10 times over the past week and find it to be fun as all get out and super comforting.

OG MM fans called them sellouts for signing to Capital (if you are under 21 years old this would be before you were born).
The fans that jumped on at M&A called them ... read more
Modest Mouse is a band that is responsible for creating some of the best and most essential indie rock of the 90s and the 2000s. They've had a very consistent run, up until their sole album in the 2010s, Strangers To Ourselves, which was peak underwhelming. It was especially disappointing because prior to that, Modest Mouse was writing some of the most unique, energetic, but also painfully sad indie rock out there; no other band quite sounded like Modest Mouse did, yet on Strangers, they've ... read more
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Added on: May 4, 2021