Good News For People Who Love Bad News

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Passionate posturing requires perspective.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Anti-violent message uses titillating violent images.


Some poetic death and gun imagery.


A sprinkling of four-letter words.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydaniel.nicholas... August 3, 2009

Great Album :)

A couple f-words in one song is all I've heard, otherwise it's totally acceptable. Pretty mature content about death that will probably go over most k... Continue reading
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Great Album

Modest Mouse is a great band. They shift from yelling songs (this is indie we are talking about not metal so don't get the wrong idea) to melodic songs to... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byCooltiger37 August 31, 2019

A few edgy moments, but nothing that teens can't handle

For the record, not only did CSM completely stumble by giving this album a 15+ rating, they also forgot to mention that "Float On" is a highly positiv... Continue reading
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 m... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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