My Dinosaur Life

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jan 19, 2010
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    Motion City Soundtrack have made the best album of their career and easily one of the best albums of 2010 or any other year. [Feb 2010, p.91]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In the end, Motion City Soundtrack has created another in a series of impeccably constructed pop albums.
  5. Even after ten years of navigating the new millennium's punk-emo scene, Motion City Soundtrack sound positively hungry. My Dinosaur Life is a sugar rush without the crash at the end, just the insatiable need to hear it all again.
  6. Instead of concerning themselves with matters out of their control, Motion City Soundtrack have knuckled down and at last knocked one out of the park.
  7. 70
    My Dinosaur Life, on which the band strikes a radio-ready balance between mayhem and melody, may well trigger their long-awaited breakthrough.
  8. Motion City Soundtrack's smart-aleck tendencies combine nicely with a harder sound on My Dinosaur Life, pushing the band back to its roots with enough twist to propel it in a new direction.
  9. They have evolved their sound in this release with a host of much stronger tracks than ever before. While the immaturity remains in these tracks, the instrumentals are much more polished and infectious.
  10. Revolver
    70
    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]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Aug 11, 2010
    10
    After 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 isAfter 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. Full Review »
  2. JoshB
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    I 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 I 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. Full Review »
  3. GregH
    Jan 27, 2010
    2
    Shopping mall and supermarket music. Are all the reviewers 13 year olds?