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That being said, I greatly enjoyed the album and will be seeking more from Motion City Soundtrack.
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
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.
Her Words Destroyed My Planet
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.
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)...so 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.Read more ›
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RIP MCS. This album is incredible from start to finish. My personal favorite.Published 3 months ago by Quinten S.
Disc could be in better condition, but its in its original case with the original stickers (The Bandname on the front of the Album is a sticker, not printed on the artwork.)Published 10 months ago by Michael Tyler Ryan
I really like this album. Sent it to a friend. He might've listened to it. Groovy.Published 14 months ago by Pen Name
Great Album, Great Band , Great Price and Shipped very quick.
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 on November 15, 2013 by kmrodee
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 on August 6, 2013 by Kyle Curie
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 morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Matthew Honeck
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