“What People Are Made Of” | THE MOON AND ANTARCTICA | Modest Mouse

March 28, 2011 at 1:43 am (Uncategorized) (, )

When I used iTunes, I held fast my five-star ratings as a maiden her virtue. A song needed to elicit a certain awe to get one. My favorite albums might host four or five such tracks.

Taken on its own merits, the song specified in the title is the worst of them. Certainly the worst of the small handful accompanying it on the disc. But no song receives higher marks in the positional effects portion of the score. Exploding where it does, after what it does, before what it does (nothing, the album’s death), it is a tiny fervid star incinerating every wrenching, finely wrought stab of existential ache produced by the first hour of the album into its basest constituent elements of fury and disgust; and then it goes supernova. It is an ash-bitter orgasm, an annihilation of commingling pride and self-hatred unbalanced heavily towards the latter. If ever men crystallized the moment of pure and maximal rage against the bizarre sadism of whatever produced existence, this is it.

 

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