Good News For People Who Love Bad News



Passionate posturing requires perspective.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Anti-violent message uses titillating violent images.


Some poetic death and gun imagery.

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A sprinkling of four-letter words.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Modest Mouse's moody poetry will be appreciated by some teens; inappropriate for others. A sprinkling of four-letter words and obsessive death imagery puts this CD in the your-mileage-may-vary category.

What's the story?

Somehow GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS, from Washington State band Modest Mouse, slipped by the Parental Advisory police without a sticker, despite a sprinkling of four-letter words and an apparent obsession with death, coffins, and guns, however poetic (or even anti-violence). For more mature teens who understand the difference between real life and song lyrics, there's a lot to love about this album. For more squeamish, immature, or impressionable teens, you could make a better choice.

Is it any good?


The members of Modest Mouse really pull together on this CD, sounding more focused than ever before with simpler lyrics and arrangements, yet just as passionate and exciting as on previous projects. The lyrics could be a lesson in good songwriting for teenagers who know how to put poetic death references into perspective. For less mature or literate teens, the subtleties of anti-violence messages that rely on violent imagery may get lost. While not for everyone, this CD is interesting, well written, well produced, and beautifully performed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how dark, death-related lyrics in songs can be appreciated, but with some perspective. And how can such dark lyrics also be poetic?

Music details

Artist:Modest Mouse
Release date:April 6, 2004
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDr. Zoigberg 97 August 6, 2013

Love modest mouse

Truly the best band on this planet. I have heard every album ( literally ALL of them including ones they recorded off an answering machine). While this is not my favorite modest mouse album (the moon and Antarctica is my all time favorite) it still deserves 5 stars. I will always be a modest mouse fan (FYI you're not a fan if you only like float on). Isaac Brock has a truly wonderful voice and is a musical genius. Now onto the content, the lyrics can be violent but if you have an open mind and have the maturity to understand the lyrics you will love them. Language is more than a "sprinkling" as common sense said, the song Black Cadillacs say the f word 6 times. Bukowski says assh**e a few times. Bury me with it says bulls**t and I could list more examples but language shouldn't get in the way of enjoying this album. I am the only modest mouse fan in my school, it saddens me but I suppose it makes sense cause I'm the 2nd oldest (and not to brag but probably the most mature) so like I said it requires maturity to understand and enjoy but if you are you w are gonna love this band.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byFlash17 November 10, 2011


Modest Mouse is perhaps one of the best bands out there! This album shows that! Songs like "Float on" and "World At large" are really sweet and nice, while others, "Satin in a Coffin" "Black Cadillacs" aren't the most appropriate for most kids...But still. An awesome album and perhaps one of there best!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old October 19, 2010

float on. best song ever!!!!!!!!!!

i dont care about the other songs just buy the album for float on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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