Jeromes Dream / Amalgamation: Split 7" (Ricecontrol)
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The Yummy Fur: Male Shadow at Three O'Clock (Vesuvius)
Reversal of Man: Revolution Summer (Independence Day)
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Modest Mouse: Never Ending Math Equation (Sub Pop)
That leaves "Workin' on Leavin' the Livin'" to sum up the calmer moments of the album then, and it succeeds at that goal without any caveats. I'd even venture so far as to say that it's better than most of the slower songs on West, if only because of the hypnotic, lolling quality that the band imbue the track with from the get go. something about the combination of the subtle, siren-aping guitar in the background combined with the open chords and Jeremiah Green's expert drumming - always the factor that takes MM to that other level so many "indie" bands want to reach - makes the nearly 7 minute run time pass like a blink of the eye. Add in the interpolation of the lady in the radiator song from Eraserhead and the chiming guitar riff that punctuates each chord progression and you've got one of their better songs, bar none. And that's not even factoring in the last part of the song, where it seems to be slowing itself down without ever actually relenting - Green again, gotta love that guy - before a random, somewhat dissonant riff pops up for a few bars and then fades out. Seriously, every time I listen to it I hear something new to love about it, and that's the mark of a great song if ever there was one. [9.0/10]
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