Sad Sappy Sucker Review

artist: modest mouse date: 11/09/2005 category: compact discs
modest mouse: Sad Sappy Sucker
Released: Apr 24, 2001
Genre: Rock
Styles: Noise Pop, Emo, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi
Number Of Tracks: 24
This album is a gift for die-hard fans, put out by a label that probably loves Modest Mouse as much as the fans do.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Overall rating:
 7.8 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.2 
 Users rating:
 7.3 
 Votes:
 4 
reviews (2) user comments vote for this album:
overall: 8.7
Sad Sappy Sucker Reviewed by: unregistered, on january 31, 2005
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Sound: Modest Mouse has a fairly distinct sound. If you are familiar with their sound this album will give ya a pretty good idea of where it came from. How they developed it. Stuff like that. You can hear little ideas and riff patterns in their very earliest stages and you can hear Isaac Brock's lyrics when he was 17 or 18. This is a pretty wierd album. Its not as spacy as "Long Drive" and its just different. If you really love modest mouse youll like this record, if only because it gives you a better understanding of the band. Thats not to say the music is bad though. Dan Galluci (I think thats how you spell it) is on this record. hes also on good news for people who love bad news. It's good guitar. There's some weierd acoustic parts near the end. But thats just Isaac. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics are just what you expect from The Mice. They're good. Some are philosophical sort of. Others are artsy and some are really emotional. Isaac Brock writes good lyrics, even this young. His voice is pretty high because hes still a teen. I'm pretty sure. But it's not a big deal. It still sounds like Isaac. It's all good. // 8

Overall Impression: If you really like Modest Mouse buy it. If you just like them, buy another album. There are some good reviews of the other albums - check those out. If you don't like mm youre probably an idiot. Go listen to Ashlee Simpson Lipsync. Go kill yourself. MM is a great band. And this is a good album. It's very raw. Not great sound quality. But its matierial you won't hear elsewhere. If it got stolen I'd buy it again without hesitation. Give it a chance. It's good to see a band so early in their career can have an original sound and make music worth listening to. Don't buy this first, or second, or third. But if you love Modest Mouse buy it now. Of course if you love Modest Mouse, you probably have it already. // 10

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overall: 7.7
Sad Sappy Sucker Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 09, 2005
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Sound: Modest Mouse is deffinently an important band. Most of their albums are full of stuff most indie bands dream of having in just one song. Now, with the realease of the band's very first album, you can learn what they sounded like when they were still in high school. Probably their most raw album, SSS is what most people would call "horrible." That's why it's known to be for hardcore fans. I am one of them, and I found this album quite good. The best song, ironiclly, is the misprinted no named number 4 track. Known to most people as "Classy Plastic Lumber" it has a very raw feel, with Issac's distorted voice singing accapello for the first 20 seconds. Then the music comes in a kicks your ass, the lyrics catchy and thought provoking. Most of the rest of the cd is pure Modest Mouse, but in a smaller version. None of the songs are over 4 minutes, which is weird. That siad, the two other tracks that we're great was, Dukes Up and Secret Agent X-9. // 8

Lyrics: Modest Mouse is known for their crazy lyrics. This album, for the most part, is not the Modest Mouse we've come to love. In later albums Issac takles things from the "beyond". This album seems to be on a lower scale. But in the song "Think Long" Issac sings, "Sit and think for a while and you'll realize that you'll still die. If you're not thinking at all I'm not sure why you're alive." This is some of the best lyrics you'll hear on this album. // 6

Overall Impression: This album is raw, pure, young Modest Mouse. You can tell they are ready to burst out. Although this album is lacking much, there is still enough to enjoy. But if you're not a hardcore Modest Mouse fan look elsewhere. // 9

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