Motion City Soundtrack, the us pop-punk sensations release their 4th album with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus on production duty for the second time.
Motion City Soundtrack – My Dinosaur Life
Pop punks modern torchbearer return with a album packed with outstanding riffs, infectious chorus’s, electro melodies and sublime songwriting. Motion City Soundtracks strength has always relied on their vocalist Justin Pierre’s ability to write the most idiosyncratic lyrics in such a wildly extensive vocabulary. On My Dinosaur Life he delivers this in abundance. “I never gave an honest answer, But I need a lot of angry organs, Are we copacetic? Are we behaving now? “, from A Lifeless Ordinary (Need A Little Help), being a one of a multitude of examples.
This album harks back to the guitar driven style of their debut album I Am the Movie. Its rockier sound leads energetic opening track Worker Bee, synth riffed Delirium and first single Disappear, all of which are incessantly catchy. The joy of each listen is that you find you missed: a cracking lyric brimming with comedic wordplay, more absurd abstracted metaphors, or just a crafty pop riff. Their optimistic sound fills the listener with fun and jovial lightness. Even when performing the somber ballad Stand To Close, they fail to be anything less than cheerful.
MCS have pulled out all the stops and satisfied its older legion of fans without sacrificing their eccentric pop rock sound. A pleasure from start to finish 2010 will be hard pushed to produce a more fun and enjoyable record as My Dinosaur Life.
Mr Flowers Says:
Motion City Soundtrack are back and are continuing to pull off their characteristically fun pop songs. However, a smattering of mediocre offerings means My Dinosaur Life doesn’t quite reach it’s potential: some of the songs can be forgettable when they can’t quite find that magical pop hook, most evident on History Lesson, Pulp Fiction, @!#?@! and Hysteria. There’s enough good songs here to fuel ardent MCS fans, though; ballad-y opener Worker Bee, the big chorus on A Lifeless Ordinary, and the excellent Stand Too Close are good examples of what they can achieve – we’ll just have to wait and see if they are capable of an album’s worth of this stuff.
DoesItRock Overall Score: 7.5
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