Album Review: "The Golden Casket" by Modest Mouse (8/10)

Modest Mouse

The Golden Casket

Epic Records

Producers: Dave Sardy and Jacknife Lee

It’s been six years since alternative art rockers Modest Mouse’s last release, 2015’s Strangers to Ourselves. A lot has changed between then and now. Maybe that’s why The Golden Casket, lyrically speaking, emphasizes technology’s increasing societal impact. Regardless, lyrical themes are less important than the way a recording makes you feel. This one’s like a warm bubble bath, churning with complex instrumentation and otherworldly effects. For any postmodern dreamer, it’s an introspective journey worth taking. – Andy Kaufmann