Motion City Soundtrack – My Dinosaur Life
My Dinosaur Life kicks off with the blatantly fun ‘Worker Bee’, plunging headfirst without hesitance into the kind of sound that we’ve come to expect from Motion City Soundtrack over the last decade.
From the moment the instruments kick in, the album explodes with their easily recognizable bouncy guitar riffs over conflicting metaphorical lyrics. Keyboards and Justin Pierre’s unmistakable vocals continue throughout the album in their customary up then down, fast then slow, dancy one minute, depressing the next album style. Rather than feel predictable and old, their trademark style feels comfortably familiar especially during the pharmaceutical and obsessive compulsive references of ‘Disappear’ and ‘Delirium’.
In less of a progression from their last release- Even if It Kills Me, the influence of friend and Producer Mark Hoppus (Blink-182, +44) is obvious, making the album feel like more of a call back to their last collaboration, 2005’s Commit This To Memory.
Cheery hand claps contrast with self-deprecating personal observations on the beautiful ‘Stand Too Close’ and just a few songs later, the nerdy angst is in full force during ‘Pulp Fiction’ when Pierre likens a messy break-up to the brutal killings in a cheaply made slasher film.
Heavier on the acoustic guitar and more experimental than their previous records, The latest offering from the Minneapolis five piece still keeps solid with their catchy pop-punk roots, though if you listen closely you can pick the discreet moments of musical maturity they’ve gained in the last few years.
With My Dinosaur Life, Motion City Soundtrack have not only survived the slide over to a major label, they’ve flourished, producing what many are calling their best album to date. All without sacrificing any of their blatant quirkiness that their fans adore.