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My Dinosaur Life

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin Strother on 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 By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on 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 By Flap Jackson on 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Russell Carrick on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tyler kostelak on April 22, 2011
Format: Vinyl
I will keep it very short and simple. For those of you who feel that Even If It kills me is one of Motion City Soundtrack's better albums, please leave. Also, for those of you that feel that History Lesson is a horrible song, also leave. Although this album isn't amazing by any means, it is definitely solid. I admit I found myself a little disappointed by the lack of Moog, but the band has a right to experiment with their sound. I personally feel that this experiment didn't go horribly wrong.....All of you who gave this album very low ratings had a lot of ridiculous and off base claims. Go make your own music please, and ease up on the bitching.
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