The complexities and dense topics still remain on Dinosaur, giving the album many layers for the listener to peel apart. Basically, My Dinosaur Life is the fusion of the best moments of Motion City Soundtrack's previous three albums and expanding on that, while maintaining all the uniqueness and quirks that fans love about the band.
On My Dinosaur Life, the Minneapolis quintet's winning fourth album (ably produced by blink-182's Mark Hoppus), frontguy Justin Pierre lets his geek flag fly, likening a breakup to the destruction of Superman's home world and puzzling over ephemera ranging from acid rain to Busta Rhymes, all backed by soaring choruses guaranteed to fossilize themselves into your brain.
While the album has its share of radio-friendly anthems like "A Lifeless Ordinary," the real standouts on the band's fourth full-length are the grittier, unexpected moments such as the sinisterly syncopated "Hysteria" or post-hard-core masterpiece "Disappear." [Mar/Apr 2010, p.90]
CodyAJan 21, 2010This combination of smart, relatable lyrics and catchy, carefully-constructed music doesn't come around very often. How can a band with such mass appeal still be invisible to the masses? I hope it stays that way so they don't fall victim to jaded and disgruntled critics in the future.… Expand
GiorgiaM.Jan 21, 2010Love all th songs and the combination with tha amazing art of Joe Ledbetter create something UNIQUE! 10 +!!
Aug 11, 2010After 2007's "Even If It Kills Me" disappointed in a fairly large way. It's good to see Motion City Soundtrack come back and make what is arguably the best album of their career. Also making what is, inarguably, the best song of their career: "Pulp Fiction". Major kudos all around, this album is great.… Expand
TylerJan 22, 2010Awesome! MCS one again delivers the goods. They are an incredibly hard working band that deserves more attention and respect then have received over the years. Justin has a special view of the world that is framed with unique and personal lyrics. MCS is amazing ....thanks for delivering a great record!!!… Expand
JoshTrJan 23, 2010This album has the potential to be Motion City Soundtrack's best so far. The only real complaint I have is the song History Lesson. Justin voice somewhat saves it from being completely terrible, but still I skip over it when listening to the album.… Expand
JoshBFeb 3, 2010I would give this album a 9.7 but it wont let me. This could be argued as the bands best album yet as could I Am the Movie and Commit This to Memory. There isn't a song on this album that i wouldn't love to continually listen to over and over again and it doesn't yet give off the vibe that I may one day get tired of the album. also after pre-ordering the deluxe version of the album and getting to see all of the Joe Ledbetter artwork in all its glory it really does add something more to an already amazing album.… Expand
GregHJan 27, 2010Shopping mall and supermarket music. Are all the reviewers 13 year olds?
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|American Radical Patriot [Box Set] - Woody Guthrie|
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|Live at the Academy of Music 1971 - The Band|
|The Island Years [Box Set] - John Martyn|
|The Finer Things - The State Champs|
|In Utero [20th Anniversary Edition] - Nirvana|
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|High Land, Hard Rain [30th Anniversary Edition] - Aztec Camera|
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|Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side [Reissue] - The Bottle Rockets|
|12 Stories - Brandy Clark|
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