The Lonesome Crowded West

Glacial Pace Recordings Under Exclusive License to Fat Possum Records
Release date
28 Mar 2014
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Teeth Like God's Shoeshine 6:54 129,748
2 Heart Cooks Brain 4:03 149,220
3 Convenient Parking 4:08 118,466
4 Lounge (Closing Time) 7:04 119,741
5 Jesus Christ Was an Only Child 2:36 123,178
6 Doin' the Cockroach 4:18 146,563
7 Cowboy Dan 6:15 122,333
8 Trailer Trash 5:47 148,195
9 Out of Gas 2:31 132,456
10 Long Distance Drunk 3:43 113,741
11 Shit Luck 2:22 119,970
12 Truckers Atlas 10:59 93,712
13 Polar Opposites 3:30 139,353
14 Bankrupt on Selling 1:34 141,013
15 Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice on Ice, Alright 6:54 14,149

About this album

The Lonesome Crowded West is the third album recorded by indie rock band Modest Mouse (the secound released, but Sad Sappy Sucker was recorded before The Lonesome Crowded West and This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About.

The album was released on Up Records on November 18, 1997, on both compact disc and vinyl LP.

Many consider the album to be one of the best indie rock albums of the 90s: Pitchfork Media ranked it #29 in their list 100 Greatest Albums of the 1990s, and the song “Trailer Trash” number 63 in their list of the 200 Greatest Songs of the decade. Spin ranked it #59 in their list the 100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005, and Entertainment Weekly included the album in their list The Indie Rock 25. The A.V. Club has described the album as the band’s breakthrough recording.

The two towers that adorn the album’s cover are The Westin Seattle.

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  • naotas_forehead

    @Rhyme_in_Reason: please STFU about things and people of which you have no understanding

    17 Sep 6:38pm Reply
  • HK91

    Hey, it's about time!

    5 Sep 12:07pm Reply
  • Rhyme_in_Reason

    Isaac Brock really is a piece of shit and I've always thought so. In the 5 years I'd listened to Modest Mouse before I heard Lonesome Crowded West I had a pretty low opinion of them because of how much of a terrible person he really is. But now that I've finally dug deep enough to find this album, it's cool to see that he made some really damn good music once upon a time.

    30 Aug 7:48am Reply
  • Starless_313

    I just don't get tired of this. It's too damn good

    12 Aug 1:50am Reply
  • HK91

    vinyl reissue when

    6 Aug 2:53pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Seriously, the drumming in this album is fucking flawless.

    31 Jul 12:10am Reply
  • boastfulhamster good to see this album being appreciated

    28 Jul 1:25pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    Sparkles, shimmers, shines.

    6 Jun 12:52am Reply
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    6 Jun 12:51am Reply
  • Rezzo64

    Absolutely amazing

    27 May 10:20am Reply
  • Death_rayman


    25 Apr 9:03pm Reply
  • gmac1993

    Their best album.

    7 Feb 6:18am Reply
  • Harry_01

    v Oh no you didn't just say that. Well, if you meant this album kinda sucks you in then you're totally right. :D

    29 Jan 6:55pm Reply
  • Stefanszz

    idk this album kinda just sucks long live We Were Dead!!!

    24 Jan 9:10pm Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    "reprises of the same songs" and please tell me you know that Lounge from Long Drive and Lounge (Closing Time) are two completely different songs...

    19 Jan 7:38am Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Antas, please tell me you are joking.

    19 Jan 7:34am Reply
  • Nicholaas

    Antas, who took your soul? ;_;

    5 Jan 12:09pm Reply
  • AntasTheGreat

    why does everyone fucking like this goddamn piece of shit. it's basically a duplicate of their first album, except this time with higher acclaim critically and reprises of the same songs.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bataller

    This album is a masterpiece. I have family that lives in the Seattle Metro area (Everett) and the songs on this album capture that feeling of urban isolation absolutely perfectly; nothing but car dealerships, fast food restaurants and box stores for miles. I have no idea how they did it.

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • RussAuto

    This album has some amazing drumming. Probably my favorite of theirs

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
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