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 6:54 136,345
2 Heart Cooks Brain 4:03 156,239
3 Convenient Parking 4:08 124,552
4 Lounge (Closing Time) 7:04 125,323
5 Jesus Christ Was an Only Child 2:36 128,678
6 Doin' the Cockroach 4:18 152,237
7 Cowboy Dan 6:15 129,682
8 Trailer Trash 5:47 155,733
9 Out of Gas 2:31 138,356
10 Long Distance Drunk 3:43 118,471
11 Shit Luck 2:22 124,773
12 Truckers Atlas 10:59 98,157
13 Polar Opposites 3:30 145,189
14 Bankrupt on Selling 1:34 146,519
15 Styrofoam Boots / It's All Nice on Ice, Alright 6:54 16,067

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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