Modest Mouse: Piper Fergusen
April 09, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Fans will raise an eyebrow when they hear the opening notes of Modest Mouse’s long-awaited Good News for People Who Love Bad News: a blaring fanfare from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band that heralds an expansive new phase for the formerly scrawny Northwest combo. The Tom Waits-ian reinvention also incorporates accordions, violins, and all manner of odd noises. But the Mouse’s heart remains Isaac Brock’s adenoidal yowl, angular melodies, and (as is obvious from the disc’s title) dark humor.

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