Sound — 10
Modest Mouse's third album, The Moon and Antarctica, is one of those rare, rare records that comes along and changes music. Like OK Computer of a few years earlier, it shows unabated creativity and unparalleled genius. The Moon And Antarctica is a study of life through the eyes of a fictional charachter named Edgar Graham, who supposedly was a rabid fan of the band and sent his demos and notebooks full of songs to them. Edgar Graham is Isaac Brock. Brocks twisted view on the world is the main theme on the album, with bouncy basslines, wild drumming and addictive guitar riffs pushing his message.
Lyrics — 10
Isaac Brock is genius. Raised in the desolacy of North Western America, Brock developed the view that is shown in this album. Third Planet deals with loss, while Wild Pack of Family Dogs tells the story of a boys family being torn apart by a pack of dogs. What People Are Made Of is possible one of the angriest songs ever written, while Paper Thin Walls is the exact opposite, despite Brock venting his anger about the press during his rape allegation.
Overall Impression — 10
The Moon and Antarctica is undoubtedly a brilliant album. It is hard to do it justice when reviewing it. From the darkness of Perfect Disguise to the carefree attitude of Gravity Rides Everything and the spaciness of Life Like Weeds and Stars Are Projectors, to the downright rock of A Different City, What People Are Made Of and Dark Centre Of The Universe, The Moon And Antarctica is a perfect rock album.