The Coke Machine Glow site completely rips the new Modest Mouse. The reviewer scores a few points but by and large it doesn't affect my own enjoyment of the record.
First, I'm not an old-school MM fan who has a lot invested in whatever the indie crowd thought they were. I didn't get into them until Good News, and it took a while for me to like that one. I then worked my way backwards to Moon and Antarctica. So my response to the critical responses I've read so far is whatever.
Meanwhile, I've noticed that We Were Dead has spent a goodly amount of time as the number 1 album on iTunes. And now, Pitchfork reports that the album has debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts.
So take that haters!