The Lonesome Crowded West

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The Lonesome Crowded West
Studio album by Modest Mouse
Released November 18, 1997
Recorded Moon Music, Olympia, Washington, May/June 1997 except tracks 1,6,7 at Avast Studios, Seattle, Washington
Summer 1997
Genre Indie rock,[1] punk rock
Length 73:58
Label Up UP044
Producer Calvin Johnson, Isaac Brock, Scott Swayze
Modest Mouse chronology
The Fruit That Ate Itself
The Lonesome Crowded West
Night on the Sun
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating (89%) link
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link
Almost Cool (8.5/10) link
NME (6/10) link
PopMatters (Very positive) link
The A.V. Club (Very Positive) link
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10) link
Robert Christgau A-[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars link
Spin (8/10) link
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars link

The Lonesome Crowded West is the second full-length album recorded by Indie rock[1] band Modest Mouse. The album was released on Up Records on November 18, 1997, on both compact disc and vinyl LP.

Many consider the album to be one of the best indie rock albums of the 1990s: Pitchfork Media ranked it #29 in their list 100 Greatest Albums of the 1990s,[2] and the song "Trailer Trash" #63 in their list of the 200 Greatest Songs of the decade.[3] Spin ranked it #59 in their list the 100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005,[4] and Entertainment Weekly included the album in their list The Indie Rock 25.[5] The A.V. Club has described the album as the band's breakthrough recording.[6] In June 2012, released a forty-five minute documentary on the album. The documentary included archival footage taken during live performances and original recording/mix sessions.[7]

The album was reissued on CD and vinyl by Isaac Brock's Glacial Pace record label in 2014 along with This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About.

The two towers pictured on the album's cover are The Westin Seattle.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Modest Mouse

No. Title Length
1. "Teeth like God's Shoeshine"   6:53
2. "Heart Cooks Brain"   4:03
3. "Convenient Parking"   4:08
4. "Lounge (Closing Time)"   7:03
5. "Jesus Christ Was an Only Child"   2:36
6. "Doin' the Cockroach"   4:18
7. "Cowboy Dan"   6:14
8. "Trailer Trash"   5:49
9. "Out of Gas"   2:31
10. "Long-Distance Drunk"   3:42
11. "Shit Luck"   2:22
12. "Truckers' Atlas"   10:57
13. "Polar Opposites"   3:29
14. "Bankrupt on Selling"   2:53
15. "Styrofoam Boots/It's All Nice on Ice, Alright"   6:53

Vinyl edition[edit]

The double-vinyl edition released on Up Records includes an extra track, "Baby Blue Sedan", and a slightly re-ordered track listing. Rather than having a gatefold cover to house both records, or putting both records in a single cover, the double-vinyl release was shipped in two different covers. "Baby Blue Sedan" was later included on Building Nothing Out of Something, a 2000 compilation of non-album tracks originally released from 1996-1998.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Teeth like God's Shoeshine"   6:53
2. "Heart Cooks Brain"   4:03
3. "Convenient Parking"   4:08
4. "Baby Blue Sedan"   4:04
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Doin' the Cockroach"   4:18
2. "Cowboy Dan"   4:18
3. "Trailer Trash"   5:49
4. "Jesus Christ Was an Only Child"   2:36
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Out of Gas"   2:31
2. "Long-Distance Drunk"   3:42
3. "Shit Luck"   2:22
4. "Truckers' Atlas"   10:57
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Polar Opposites"   3:29
2. "Bankrupt on Selling"   2:53
3. "Lounge (Closing Time)"   7:03
4. "Styrofoam Boots/It's All Nice on Ice, Alright"   6:53


Modest Mouse[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • DJ K.O. – turntable scratching on "Heart Cooks Brain"
  • Nicole Johnson – vocals on "Lounge (Closing Time)" and "Long-Distance Drunk"
  • Scott Swayze – guitar on "Convenient Parking" and "Lounge (Closing Time)"
  • Tyler Reillyviolin on "Jesus Christ Was an Only Child"
  • Chris Setton – vocals

Additional personnel[edit]