Modest Mouse [Strangers To Ourselves]

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评分:★★★☆
风格:Alternative Rock/Indie Folk
厂牌:Epic

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modest-mouse-strangers-to-ourselvesModest Mouse让我们等了八年,然后终于交出了一张非常Modest Mouse的唱片。“非常Modest Mouse”固然很好,但这也意味着《Strangers To Ourselves》没有什么明显进步,而且鉴于上张专辑暴涨的商业成绩,乐队现在也的确有点儿为主流趣味所累。

听,Modest Mouse时而深沉地吟诵民谣(《Coyotes》),时而随Disco节奏热舞(《The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box》),时而放送一丝Synthpop酷意(《Wicked Campaign》),时而又展开一场Ragtime复古嘉年华(《Sugar Boats》)。此外,他们也依然能写出十足抢耳的吉他Riff(《Shit In Your Cut》《Ansel》《Pups To Dust》和《The Best Room》等)。可问题是他们十多年前就在做这些玩意了,而且比现在做得更新鲜、更刺激。与此同时,乐队对多种风格的整合能力却在下降,直至彻底跑偏到“Industrial-Hip-Hop-Funk”(《Pistol (A. Cunanan, Miami, FL. 1996)》)里,折衷主义也就有点儿接近“把一堆杂七杂八的东西简单罗列在一起”主义了。诚然,主唱Isaac Brock饱含黑色幽默且深谙人生荒诞本质的歌词水准依旧,可惜不断涌现的佳句亦没能为音乐部分找到主心骨,何况Brock的尖锐态度里难免还是渗入了人到中年的温和与松弛。

综上,《Strangers To Ourselves》并不缺乏亮点,甚至还有很多亮点,只是那种叫做“锋芒”的东西似乎已经远去了。

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拓宇

Music makes it feels as if the world is perfect. Like it's never gonna end... before I die.

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