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My Dinosaur Life

Motion City SoundtrackAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Life is complex but we’ve got plenty of tries to get it right–which is why when Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre sings, “All the destruction will one day end and you’ll finally know exactly who you are”—it’s a sentiment of self-discovery filled with optimism instead of regret. Correspondingly after putting out one album on Columbia, Motion ... Read more in Amazon's Motion City Soundtrack Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Worker Bee
2. A Lifeless Ordinary (Need A Little Help)
3. Her Words Destroyed My Planet
4. Disappear
5. Delirium
6. History Lesson
7. Stand Too Close
8. Pulp Fiction
9. @!#?@!
10. Hysteria
11. Skin and Bones
12. The Weakends

Editorial Reviews

2010 release from the American Punk Pop band. My Dinosaur Life marks the band's major label debut and finds them reuniting with producer and friend Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, who first teamed up with the band when he produced their hit record Commit This to Memory. Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth) was brought in to mix the album and the end result is another step forward: 12 new songs that are lyrically contemplative and poignantly honest while still cleverly culturally astute and music that harkens back to early Motion City Soundtrack while employing the musicianship and maturity the band has gained over the past seven years.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the album, but a word of warning October 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I sought out the uncensored version of this album after getting burned in the past. The number of swears that would be masked would make this album virtually unusable. It would be a mistake not to get the unedited version.

That being said, I greatly enjoyed the album and will be seeking more from Motion City Soundtrack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escaping The Tar Pits November 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
They've turned up the guitars and let them rip. Motion City Soundtrack work the best elements of pop-punk (think Blink-182, whose Mark Hoppus produces) and hyper-powered emo (think Fall Out Boy at their accelerated best) for "My Dinosaur Life." It's adolescent rock with punky snottiness mixed in with the catchy melodies and flippant attitude, all while poking fun at the whole genre.

After all, what band would openly cop to 'watching Veronica Mars again' while waiting up for their girlfriend without the credibility swirling the drain? Or claim that they should be better respected because of their good behavior, which they do on the opening track "Worker Bee"? But then they blow that opportunity sky-high with the musically hysterical "@!#?@!" where they go to the falsettos when they sing the Mother F-er chorus. It's a good joke and doesn't wear thin after repeated listens (as does the wretched "F-You" by Cee-lo).

Despite the humor, these are terse songs about relationships. Motion City Soundtrack pump enough energy into "Disappear," "Her Words Destroyed My Planet" or "History Lesson" (the obvious single) to cover the bitterness, and even when a savage lyric that describes a failed relationship as being

"Like a slasher film,
I'm torn in all directions,
the plot sucks
but the killings are gorgeous"

you can't help but smile. "My Dinosaur Life" is one of my faves for the year.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album That Admits To Watching Veronica Mars February 1, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
With the emphasis on the Motion, Motion City Soundtrack once tried unsuccessfully to take the mantle of pop/rock from Blink-182. The pop was pretty good, but the rock kind of suffered. As a result, they now sound like a crazed Weezer after an all-night drug-binge. Mark Hoppus acts as band-wrangler this time, and the result is a pop/punk/rock tour de mayhem that brings down all musical minds like its cover depicts. And while they may still spend the first half of the album still trying to find themselves, as the cussing becomes more frequent, the quality also rises.

Highlights Include:
Her Words Destroyed My Planet
Pulp Fiction

Overall, MCS is improved in almost every way, lyrically, musically & in catchiness. And while I don't exactly see a mainstream hit here, all fans of the genre should be pretty pleased, and the band should gain a legion of fans here. It may not hit as high as in previous works, but it's still especially solid. So here's to more binges like My Dinosaur Life, I could get used to hangovers like this.

Real Score: 4.5

Note: Don't get the censored version of this album. MCS is a lot better at working curse words into their songs this time around, and the lyrics are certainly lost more if they're bleeped out. Especially "@!#?@!" which I imagine would sound like a lot of dead air. Trust me, you'd be missing out. Parts of the album get pretty dark for the kiddies anyways.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Baby Out with the Bath Water! March 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
As Motion City Soundtrack is probably my favorite band of the last five years it is very hard for me to write this review, but I do so in the hopes that the band reads these reviews and might take heed of one DEVOTED fan's heartfelt plea.

The beauty of MCS - what sets them apart from so many more simple bands that occupy a similar genre - is their INTRICACY. Going well beyond the guitar-and-vocals-backed-up-by-a rhythm-section formula of rock and roll, the band (in the past) has created finely-detailed aural creations where every instrument doesn't just back up the others but rather AUGMENTS them (and even the drums sketch intricate lines) what you get is a sort of sonic feast where you can listen to a song over and over again savoring the nuanced mechanics of so many elements doing so many different things at once, yet all making the whole greater than the sum of the parts.

Now - and I can't stress this too strongly - this effect is best exemplified by MCS's keyboard element, which adds not merely another layer of sound, but a whole additional DIMENSION of sound to their songs (while at the same time giving them a unique and welcome signature.) I say all this to point out that, if you remove this whole other dimension, what you have is quite simply a set of songs that are LACKING A WHOLE DIMENSION--sounding in the end less intricate, less full, and less intense. Put another way, Motion City Soundtrack was made to be a loaded sundae, not very good scoop of vanilla.

My fear is that somewhere along the line the band bought into the notion that their keyboards, their gear-shifting refrains, and all their little nuances made them less punk in attitude or seriousness. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great Album, Great Band , Great Price and Shipped very quick.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every Song is good even after dozens of times through. January 9, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
First thing, make sure you get the explicit album - too many curses to block out - it would just be unbearable if they did

It does have less keyboard than previous albums which is what set some songs far apart with a additional harmony/melody.

Justin (singer/writer/guitarist) continues to do great with his lyrical machinations and impressive vocal fluidity and range. The bass could be upped in the mix on some songs, though there are a few driving interesting basslines to be found.

Her Words Destroyed My Planet - "im taking an online course, im learning to speak japanese" - how can he sing this and make it sound good???
Pulp Fiction - high energy, keyboards
A Lifeless Ordinary - vocals are great
Stand Too Close - very simple musically, but just stands out for some reason
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Niiiiiceee
Came in really fantastic condition looked completely new. I was really surprised at the great speed and service!!! Must have more words for this.
Published 10 months ago by kmrodee
5.0 out of 5 stars Overall a good transaction!
I received the product in the expected time frame and it was factory sealed/brand new just as described. Item was also functional after opened and tested.
Published 13 months ago by Kyle Curie
3.0 out of 5 stars 16 year old cousin loves it
My cousin loves this group and it was an easy purchase for christmas a while ago. Good band but a little on the whiny side. And they can get rather repetitive. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Matthew Honeck
5.0 out of 5 stars good
This product is decent over all it works welll and was a nice buy the music is good so I'm pleased with this Cd.
Published on September 6, 2012 by ninjagirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh...
MCS isn't one of my favorite bands but they aren't bad either. that said, My Dinosaur Life didn't live up to their prior releases in my opinion. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Ryan P. Michalak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album that I found Used
I was at a local Record Store and found this misplaced in the Movie Soundtrack section. I'd heard Motion City Soundtrack on the Doug Loves Movies podcast and had liked their... Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Michael J. Anino
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition
Motion City has given us a different side of themselves with every album and its been great. Although different and more straight forward then previous albums, we get a great rock... Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by Scrantonicity
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Music
I have been listening to the album My Dinosaur Life - Motion City Soundtrack for a few weeks now and I really like it. It is growing on me, which is a good feeling. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by AA
4.0 out of 5 stars MCS goes back to the basics
A total departure from thier synth-pop punk of thier previous albums. Gone are the signature electronic bleeps and techno sounds as this album is built with just guitar, vocals and... Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by Pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Progression
I threw it in and started grooving to it right away. Still sounds like Motion City Soundtrack, but it's definite progression for them. Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by T. Schmitt
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