AOTY 2019

The Lonesome Crowded West

Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1997 Ratings: #13 / 73
User Score
Based on 379 ratings
1997 Ratings: #4
November 18, 1997 / Release Date
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This album makes me want to make music, even if I doubt I could ever come close to it

The Lonesome Crowded West to me is about being stuck in a place you dislike, one that constantly seems to be changing for the worse. That feeling of being trapped in part by your own familiarity, and the feeling of being surrounded by so many people, yet still somehow being alone runs through the album's core. Sonically, Modest Mouse sound angry, vindictive, and just the slightest bit defeated across much of ... read more
jesus this just clicked so hard
This has become my most beloved album in my early 20s, acting as the perfect soundtrack to these past few years. The Lonesome Crowded West has been labeled as the bible of Emo and Indie Rock as a whole, and further exploration becomes clear as to why that is. I have always been aware of the reputation that this album possesses and it regretfully took me a while to see it for myself. Well I'll be damed, they were right. There is not a wasted moment here, it is truly an album that encompasses so ... read more
Daily October Horror


From the very first moments of "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine" you can tell this is a disillusioned album. The start-stop, screeching style of singing mixed with the nonsense lyrics set the stage for a world clouded in madness. The song writing and themes of wanting to free yourself along with stories of untapped consumerism help tap in to one of my personal phobias. Shopping Malls. I guess if it needed a Phobia name It would be (Agoraphobia: Fear of Open ... read more
If Emo music had a bible or a golden example to follow, this would be it.

Honestly I don't know why I havent listened to this sooner. I guess because some of their more recent work has been off putting for me and that isnt the best starting place for a band as prolific as Modest Mouse. This thing was spotless from front to back. They never lost my attention for a second, and though I prefer the work of other Emo bands a little more, this album should not be overlooked at all. Easily one of the ... read more
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Year End Lists

#3/Consequence of Sound

Track List

  1. Teeth Like God's Shoeshine 
  2. Heart Cooks Brain 
  3. Convenient Parking 
  4. Lounge (Closing Time) 
  5. Jesus Christ Was an Only Child 
  6. Doin' the Cockroach 
  7. Cowboy Dan 
  8. Trailer Trash 
  9. Out of Gas 
  10. Long Distance Drunk 
  11. Shit Luck 
  12. Truckers Atlas 
  13. Polar Opposites 
  14. Bankrupt on Selling 
  15. Styrofoam Boots/It's All Nice on Ice, Alright
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