Despite earning moderate success with a string of much-loved outings throughout the 90s, it wasn't until their forth and fifth full-lengths 'Good News For People That Love Bad News' and 'We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank' in 2004 and 2007 respectively that Modest Mouse first reached the glorious heights of international acclaim and praise. But their output since then has been extremely sporadic, returning only once to drop the 2015 effort 'Strangers To Ourselves'. And just like any good comeback story, it needs a break to add context to it and so they return once again with their seventh LP 'The Golden Casket', a record that shows them still very much in top form.
What has made Modest Mouse such a captivating outfit over the years is how they always manage to circumnavigate the status quo, yet still form part of it at the same time. Their sound has this familiar yet distinctive quality about it, and it feels like they are one step ahead of the curve once again on 'The Golden Casket'. Channelling the same smooth and brooding textures that are known for, they are pushing the boundaries more than most on here, regularly trying out new ideas and aesthetics to create a comeback record that is just as fresh and enticing as they have always been.
It may not have much in the way of radio-friendly hits, but 'The Golden Casket' stills makes for a captivating and shimmering listen from start to finish. Modest Mouse have been a band that are always looking for their next evolutionary step, and it certainly sounds like they have found it on here.