The Fruit That Ate Itself [EP] Review

artist: modest mouse date: 02/01/2006 category: compact discs
modest mouse: The Fruit That Ate Itself [EP]
Release Date: May 13, 1997
Label: K. Records
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Emo,Noise Pop, Lo-Fi
Number Of Tracks: 9
The Fruit That Ate Itself possesses a leaner and meaner sound than earlier Modest Mouse releases - the emphasis here is less on noise than groove.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 8.1 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.3 
 Users rating:
 6.8 
 Votes:
 5 
review (1) 1 comment vote for this album:
overall: 9.3
The Fruit That Ate Itself [EP] Reviewed by: a_rush_of_blood, on february 01, 2006
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Sound: Probably one of the simplest records ever made. Twenty one minutes of octaves and growling. It works amazingly. The guitar work here is astoundingly simple; utilising mainly octaves and the odd riff. Three of the nine tracks are minute long backwards tracks, which feature prominently as interludes and the effect appears again at the intro of Karma's Payment, the closing track. Summer has a brilliant riff which sounds as if it is reprised in Life Like Weeds three years later. The title track uses Latin percussion and no guitar whatsoever. The sound is incredibly lo fi and dangerously addictive. The album was made in a few days at Dub Narcotic and was mainly improvised, so it is rough round the edges. // 9

Lyrics: Isaac is mainly restrained here, sounding resigned almost, apart from the explosive Dirty Fingernails, where he basically screams his lungs out about nothing whatsoever, the lyrics could be interpreted as a really bad drug experience, believing that you are completely dirty and so is everything else around you, paranoia-esque, but the track isn't worth defending after a few listens. Summer is talking about being completely free, set out on the streets during summer, and Karmas Payment is Brock talking about a road trip. Brock is up to standard here, but Dirty Fingernails takes away a 10. // 9

Overall Impression: Modest Mouse is an original, brilliant band that no one can be compared to. This EP is a good display of Modest Mouse moving from the emo/indie of This Is A Long Drive to the downright indie of Lonesome Crowded West. // 10

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