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Album Review

On Shaky Dream, the second full-length from Canadian indie rockers Dinosaur Bones, the band returns with an album of Strokes-esque rock infused with a looser, flowing feeling that helps to give the album a sense of understated cool. There's an interesting interplay at work between the metronomic rhythm work of drummer Lucas Fredette and bassist Branko Scekic and the more atmospheric guitars and keyboards laid down by the rest of the band. This allows Dinosaur Bones' sound to have an exploratory element without ever spinning off into directionless noodling, letting them stay in full control while still keeping songs like "Spins in Circles" and "Career Criminal" on the rails, so to speak. By maintaining forward momentum while having so much going on in every song, the band makes Shaky Dream an album that provides plenty of depth without sacrificing accessibility, striking a fine balance between catchy melodies and murky atmospherics. While fans of Dinosaur Bones will find this album an easy one to fall in love with, its effortless cool makes Shaky Dream a great jumping-in point for the band, offering a more refined and laid-back take on the sound they debuted on My Divider, as the Toronto quintet continues to evolve and expand the possibilities of motoric post-Strokes/Velvet Underground worship with each album.

Customer Reviews

Just Wonderful!

Dinosaur Bones are a great band from my city and this album should not be missed! Somehow manages to make great pop through an abundance of sonic, rhythmic and structural experimentation. The vocals are smoother than butter, the beats are insane, everything is heartfelt. Love these guys!


This album from start to finish is a joy to listen to. Erie at times which evokes a feeling of wanting to hear what comes next. Tight vocals, wicked guitar tones and gunshot drums the listener truly can't lose.

Just amazing.

The fact that this album only has two reviews is BEYOND me. I can listen to this album from beginning to end over and over again without getting tired of it (which I have managed to accomplish several times already). I mean it came out last year and I'm still as in love with it as I was then. Toronto's got talent. Forever a fan! Truly!


Formed: 2008 in Toronto ON

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In 2008, songwriter Ben Fox packed up his instruments and left Montreal, where he’d spent several years studying political science and English Lit at Concordia University. After resettling in Toronto, he started piecing together a lineup of like-minded musicians to play the material he’d composed between classes. Joel Clifton, Branko Scekic, Dave Wickland, and Lucas Fredette all climbed aboard, and Dinosaur Bones released a self-titled EP later that year while playing a string of hometown gigs with...
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