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My Dinosaur Life (Deluxe Version)

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MCS is Back!

A long anticipated wait that was well worth it! The boys hit hard with their fourth album and first release under Columbia records. This record does all but dissapoint!
Worker Bee (5/5) - A great opening track that hits hard and sets the stage for an amazing CD. Thing "Attractive Today" from CTTM

A Lifeless Ordinary (4.5/5) - A very catchy song that will get stuck in your head, and with a refrence from "Indoor Living" off IATM. Also, the bridge rocks!

Her Words Destroyed My Planet (5/5) - Lyrically genius, a perfect mixture of IATM and CTTM

Disappear (4.5/5) - A great first single that is full of great lyrics, a "heavy" song for MSC with some punk elements.

Delirium (4/5) - A good song that has some bassy instrumentals and some wacky lyrics

History Lesson (4.5) - A great callback song. Sure to be a hit at the concerts

Stand Too Close (5/5) - The ballad of the CD, it definantly is a stand out track, it has a diffrent sound than the rest of the album. Great Song

Pulp Fiction (6/5) - Quite possibly my favorite MCS song, no joke. Great lyrics and very catchy and fun.

@!#?@! (4/5) - Not my immediate favorite, but the quirky humor and refrences to zelda and q-bert make it a winner in my book

Hysteria (4/5) - A good song with a simple chorus, not a favorite of mine, but not a weak track

Skin and Bones (5/5) - A sad song that has many moments that make it shine

The Weakends (5/5) - Another favorite of mine, a great chorus that makes you feel you can overcome anything.

So in conclusion, another great CD by my favorite band. Who don't take themselves too seriously but still come accross as a powerful pop/punk act that just might break through the mainstream with this release. In short; Buy it!

Quite different from their previous releases....

If you are a diehard MCS fan, this album takes some getting used to. However, it does grow on you with time. Don't let the initial listen freak you out, because it is a pretty solid record...just different than the band's previous work. If you are new to MCS, and enjoy a poppy sound, you will like this record because it is much more pop-driven than the last few albums. Buy it though...there's a lot of good stuff here for 10.99. Individual track reviews are posted below.

Worker Bee (7/10) -- This opening track has excellent lyrics, and it is extremely catchy. The melody gets the listener interested in the music. There is no moog present, which is disapppointing. Overall, it falls short of previous album openers like "Attractive Today" in originality.

A Lifeless Ordinary (6.5/10) -- It takes time for a MCS fan to get used to this song, because it is extremely poppy. Justin's lyrics are average here. The lack of moog is starting to get upsetting by this point, but Jesse plays the piano, so at least he has something to do. This is one of their weaker songs, but if your interest lies in pop music, you'll love it.

Her Words Destroyed My Planet (8/10) -- The moog is back! This is a classic MCS structured song, and it is outstanding. The lyrics are fabulously written and quite unique, while every instrument seems to mesh well. Everything about this song is reminiscent of "Commit This to Memory".

Disappear (8/10) -- This is not typical MCS sound because it is very dark, but after several listens it becomes apparent that the track is awesome. The lyrics are fast and hard-hitting, while the riffs retain that classic MCS flavor that fans crave. The moog fits nicely in the background during verse two, but is absent otherwise. It's hard not to sing parts of this song in your head.

Delirium (9/10) -- This is definitely the best song on this album, because it is extremely well-written, both lyrically and instrumentally. Personally, I cannot get enough of this song because it stands out more than the other tracks on this album, and the lyrics are amazing. Justin and his insanity theme return here, where he accepts he is delirious, but will take care of it on his own. If you liked "Modern Chemistry" or the entire "I Am The Movie" album, you'll enjoy this song.

History Lesson (6/10) -- This track would've been better off as originally porposed: Only about a minute and a half. It gets old quickly, and is the weakest point on the album. The band claims it sounds like an Irish drinking song, and they are correct. The lyrics aren't great, but the music is catchy. What MCS song isnt?

Stand Too Close (7/10) -- The lyrics to this song are pretty good, but it is very poppy and unoriginal. It is probably the weakest acoustic-based song they've ever written. However, it does grow on you with time.

Pulp Fiction (8.5/10) -- Oh my, there is a ton of moog in this song, and that is a good thing. This is unbelievably catchy, and falls just short of "Delirium" for best song on the album. Lyrically, it is epic, and totally Justin Pierre. Apparently it has to do with his visit to Japan, and nothing to do with the movie.

@!#?@! (7.5/10) -- "You all need to go away, you mother*******!" This song is hilarious, and quite original. It makes me crack up every time I hear it. The riffs are different, but really fun. This track is a pleasure to listen to, though if Justin Pierre wasn't singing, you'd never guess it was MCS.

Hysteria (8/10) -- The lyrics in this song are classic MCS style, and the moog riffs are great. This song is more punk-based than most of their stuff, but fits really well with Justin's lyrics. It is a great listen, and definitely one of the stronger songs on the album.

Skin and Bones (6.5/10) -- The philosophical question in this song is good, but frequently asked. It could be said that this song is this album's "Hello Helicopter", though not as good. Musically it is average, but kind of boring. The lyrics are good, as always.

The Weakends (7/10) -- This rock anthem is very hard MCS, with sections quite similar to what you might hear on a "Rise Against" record. It does fit well as the closing track, but the moog is pretty non-existent. Lyrically, it is fabulous.

The bonus tracks on this album are really just acoustic covers of some of the songs above, and make for a nice addition. The videos are nice too. BUY IT!

What the hell... It's a new MCST album, why not?

This album is alright, but out of respect for their past masterpieces ( I am the movie, commit this to memory), I have to give it a 3. It seem uninspired and thrown together in most parts and really left me disappointed. If you are considering this band by just this album, I urge you to first listen to Commit This to Memory -- a much stronger piece. Love you Motion City Soundtrack, but this was a miss...

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A leading light in the punk-pop genre, Motion City Soundtrack includes members Joshua Cain (guitar), Tony Thaxton (drums), Justin Pierre (vocals/guitar), Jesse Johnson (Moog), and Matthew Taylor (bass). Following their high-school graduation, Minneapolis natives Pierre and Cain — both of whom were inspired by Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbox, the Flaming Lips, and Superchunk — formed the band in 1999. The pair assembled a temporary lineup and issued a self-released 7" that same year. Later,...
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