The Moon & Antarctica

Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2000 Ratings: #4 / 107
User Score
Based on 535 ratings
2000 Ratings: #9
Liked by 9 people
June 13, 2000 / Release Date
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Sony / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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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." 


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


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

Indie Rock | Introspective | United States

"Everything that's keeping me together is falling apart"

When i first heard about Moon & Antarctica it was on RYM. The person who had mentioned it, presented it in a fashion that made me very interested. So i gave it a listen and i was disappointed. This person had presented it as this masterpiece, that was sonically and lyrically fascinating. And i remember liking the first few tracks, but really nothing else. So i ... read more
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.
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
You can smell the brilliance coming from this record.
I liked The Lonesome Crowded West just a reasonable amount, and so after that, I wasn't really crazy over Modest Mouse's sound. But then I listened to The Moon & Antarctica and absolutely fell in love with it. This album has track after track of amazing, sophisticated classic indie rock. Honestly one of my favorite indie records from the decade now. I'll admit that the first five or so tracks aren't as strong as some toward the bottom, but they compliment just as much to the overall project ... read more
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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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