The Moon and Antarctica

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15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 3rd Planet 3:58 307,372
2 Gravity Rides Everything 4:19 293,857
3 Dark Center Of The Universe 5:02 227,212
4 Perfect Disguise 2:32 205,792
5 Tiny Cities Made Of Ashes 3:14 201,677
6 A Different City 2:54 213,491
7 The Cold Part 5:00 198,188
8 Alone Down There 2:21 209,477
9 The Stars Are Projectors 8:45 183,968
10 Wild Packs Of Family Dogs 1:44 214,972
11 Paper Thin Walls 3:01 277,814
12 I Came As A Rat 3:47 221,796
13 Lives 3:17 195,882
14 Life Like Weeds 6:30 179,185
15 What People Are Made Of 2:14 179,556

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The Moon & Antarctica is the third full-length album by rock band Modest Mouse, first released by Epic Records on June 13, 2000. The album was the band’s first release on a major label and was released on both compact disc and vinyl LP. The album peaked at number 120 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart.

It was praised by critics and fans alike for its in-depth discussion of dense subject matter, as well as frontman Isaac Brock’s clever and introspective lyrics. The Moon & Antarctica was also hailed for being an expansion of the band’s unique sound. This was due both to the band’s new major label tools as well as the production of Brian Deck.

Pitchfork Media ranked the album as the third best album of 2000, trailing Kid A by Radiohead and Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós. In February 2005, Pitchfork named it the seventh best album of the years 2000 through 2004. The Moon & Antarctica was voted the sixth best album of the decade by Pitchfork in October 2009. In 2008, betterPropaganda ranked the album number 23 in their Top 100 Albums of the 2000s. The album ranked number 37 in Entertainment Weekly’s “The New Classics,” a list of the hundred best albums form 1983-2008. In March 2009, the album was certified gold by the RIAA in the United States.

The song “Gravity Rides Everything” is featured in the film “Accepted” (2006).

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  • Veckatimest7

    Does anyone else hear some kind of strange and unlikely relationship between this record and early U2? Like Boy? I'm listening to The Cold Part and I'm hearing echos of An Cat Dubh. Just me? Isaac Brock and his scratchy guitar raking and lonely harmonics can come off like a raw, wild Edge, vulnerable and emotive where the Edge is guarded and cerebral. Their language, sometimes, though, maybe sounds the same or, at least, like two people who can understand each other, coming from two different parts of the same place.

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • CainDavies

    Its just a very perfect album

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Columnated_Ruin

    Easily one of my favorite records from the last decade :)

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MGrabovsky

    Their best album.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • GeneSquidward

    Amazingly good. Too many good tracks here

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
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    12 May 2012 Reply
  • conditionals

    Impeccable existential masterpiece... but I prefer the album art of the re-release. Like 1000 times.

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • bkelleher

    My favorite of theirs.. at least right now.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • chaosmane

    This is really an insanely good album, I don't hate Modest Mouse's new stuff but i would love to see an album to the same caliber as this or Lonesome Crowded West.

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
  • shoebeast

    completely perfect

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Not an "A+" album. It's an "A&" album.

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Madvillain626

    A fucking +

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Groovehaze

    A fucking masterpiece.

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead


    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Jedidude77


    23 Dec 2011 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    It's amazing. IMO, this is a full-fledged masterpiece, and it's only my fourth favorite MM album. Goddamn they are good.

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Timppa2000

    :C [3]

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • twinkletoedwiz

    Gravity rides everything would have to be one of the great songs of the last 20 years. Funeral and In rainbows are the only albums to come close to this in the last 11+ years.

    25 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Destructerator

    Only way to listen to this album is start to finish. Absolute perfection.

    14 Oct 2011 Reply
  • CTCodemonkey

    Unfortunately, I see your point. :C

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
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