i personally really enjoy good news for people who love bad news, that album definitely has a shift in sound with the banjo songs, but some of the songs on that album are very modest mouse. we were dead before the ship even sank however... i don't really like that album much at all. i think the biggest thing about it is that johnny marr (from the smiths) was writing with isaac at that time, i think it ruined a lot of the magic that they normally have. he left the band in 2009, so i am hoping they are more themselves with this new album.
this is a new song they played last year, seems to be closer to their roots, use of harmonics and his shout style vocals. gots me stoked for the new album! called "poison the well"