The Lonesome Crowded West

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The Lonesome Crowded West
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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, Punk rock, Experimental rock
Length 73:58
Label Up UP044
Producer Calvin Johnson, Isaac Brock, Scott Swayze
Modest Mouse chronology
The Fruit That Ate Itself
(1997)
The Lonesome Crowded West
(1997)
Night on the Sun
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME 6/10[2]
Paste 9.5/10[3]
Pitchfork Media 10/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Spin 8/10[7]
Sputnikmusic 5.0/5[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[9]
The Village Voice A–[10]

The Lonesome Crowded West is the second full-length album recorded by alternative rock[10] 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,[11] and the song "Trailer Trash" #63 in their list of the 200 Greatest Songs of the decade.[12] Spin ranked it #59 in their list the 100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005,[13] and Entertainment Weekly included the album in their list The Indie Rock 25.[14] The A.V. Club has described the album as the band's breakthrough recording.[15] In June 2012, Pitchfork.tv released a forty-five minute documentary on the album. The documentary included archival footage taken during live performances and original recording/mix sessions.[16]

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. The 2014 vinyl reissue on Glacial Pace contains the same track listing and two-cover configuration.

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. "Jesus Christ Was an Only Child"   2:36
2. "Doin' the Cockroach"   4:19
3. "Cowboy Dan"   6:15
4. "Trailer Trash"   5:50
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Out of Gas"   2:31
2. "Long Distance Drunk"   3:43
3. "Shit Luck"   2:23
4. "Truckers Atlas"   10:58
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Polar Opposites"   3:30
2. "Bankrupt on Selling"   2:54
3. "Lounge (Closing Time)"   7:04
4. "Styrofoam Boots/It's All Nice on Ice, Alright"   6:53

Personnel[edit]

Modest Mouse[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • DJ K.O. – phonogram player, k-ep 63 on "Heart Cooks Brain"
  • Dann Gallucci – guitar on "Trailer Trash" and "Bankrupt on Selling"
  • Tyler Reilly – fiddle on "Jesus Christ Was an Only Child"
  • Scott Swayze – guitar on "Convenient Parking" and "Lounge (Closing Time)"
  • Nicole Johnson – vocals
  • Chris Setton – vocals on "Lounge (Closing Time)"
  • Brian Weber – bartender

Production credits[edit]

  • Produced by Calvin Johnson, with Isaac Brock and Scott Swayze
  • Engineered by Scott Swayze
  • Recorded at Moon Music, except "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine," "Doin' the Cockroach," and "Cowboy Dan", recorded by Phil Ek at Avast and Jon & Stu's
  • Snow photos by Pat Graham
  • Other photos by I. Brock
  • Cover design by Pat Castaldo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butler, Blake. "The Lonesome Crowded West – Modest Mouse". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Lonesome Crowded West". NME. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Spinelli, Adrian (November 11, 2014). "Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West Reissue Review". Paste. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Howe, Brian (November 5, 2014). "Modest Mouse: This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About/The Lonesome Crowded West". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Fine, Jason (February 5, 1998). "The Lonesome Crowded West". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Cox, Ana Marie (February 1998). "Reviews". Spin 14 (2). Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Lowe, Robert (December 10, 2014). "Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (January 27, 1998). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Pitchfork Media Top 100 Albums of the 1990s, page 8.". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  12. ^ "Pitchfork Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 20-1.". Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  13. ^ "Spin's 100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  14. ^ "Entertainment Weekly, The Indie Rock 25.". Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  15. ^ "It Was 10 Years Ago Today: 18 Reasons 1997 Might Be The Next 1967.". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  16. ^ "Pitchfork.tv Presents Documentary on Modest Mouse's The Lonesome Crowded West". Pitchforkmedia. 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2013-02-19.