The Moon & Antarctica

Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2000 Ratings: #4 / 104
User Score
Based on 388 ratings
2000 Ratings: #8
June 13, 2000 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

98
Pitchfork

You officially have not heard Modest Mouse until you have heard their major label debut. The growth, bravery, and confidence are staggering for a trio that most recently hammered through a song about "doin' the cockroach." 

90
AllMusic

Their most cohesive collection of songs to date, The Moon & Antarctica is an impressive, if flawed, map of Modest Mouse's ambitions and fears.

70
NME

'Dark Centre Of The Universe' - the album's centrepiece - shows the Mouse at their awkward, contrary best. Frustrating. Stubborn. But always charming.

Tielur
97
You can smell the brilliance coming from this record.
PNGLIFT
89
The grand scheme of the universe had perhaps shifted it's destined course for this thing yield, because out of every single Modest Mouse endeavour ahead of it. The band hadn't taken such drastic measures in hopes of grasping further evolution ever since. Issac Brock isn't as pissed as he normally is right now, but rather holed up in existential dread - solving this never-ending math problem we deem satisfactory to leave be.

Damn it, if I were ever tasked to spend a quarter for every ... read more
Aoaystheory
91
Unpopular opinion: one of my least favorite Modest Mouse albums, besides the obvious.
Doofy
98
I really enjoy the more philosophical/existential ramblings and overarching themes of this release ahead of any other Modest Mouse effort.

Some of the greatest lyrics of all time buried deep in this one.
Musikman07
86
Although you can obviously see similarities between songs like “3rd Planet” and “Trailer Trash”, The Moon And Antarctica is a lot smoother than Modest Mouse’s 2nd record. Easing in to the choruses, bringing in atmospheric and minor notes into this great 3rd album. This is exactly the stuff that led to material like “The View”, and “The World At Large”. And I will say, yes, I did enjoy The Lonesome Crowded West more, but that does not take ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#3/Pitchfork

Track List

  1. 3rd Planet
  2. Gravity Rides Everything
  3. Dark Center Of The Universe
  4. Perfect Disguise
  5. Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes
  6. A Different City
  7. The Cold Part
  8. Alone Down There
  9. The Stars Are Projectors
  10. Wild Packs Of Family Dogs
  11. Paper Thin Walls
  12. I Came As A Rat
  13. Lives
  14. Life Like Weeds
  15. What People Are Made Of
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