By Leah Greenblatt
Updated August 05, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
Wendy Lynch

Modest Mouse still seem monumentally uncomfortable with the alt-star mantle placed upon them by mainstream success, and this B-sides collection, No One’s First, and You’re Next, is both classic Mouse and a clear kiss-off to the fans who just want another big rock hit. Over crashing percussion and staticky guitars, frontman Isaac Brock tosses about churlish invective and odd non sequiturs in his trademark strangled holler. Beyond the banjo-brushed lullaby ”Autumn Beds” and the laser show-ready ”The Whale Song,” it’s a bumpy ride. Bless them for never being boring, though. B

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