My Dinosaur Life - Motion City Soundtrack
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  • Summary: Blink-182's Mark Hoppus produces the punk band's fourth album.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
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  1. 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.
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    My Dinosaur Life, on which the band strikes a radio-ready balance between mayhem and melody, may well trigger their long-awaited breakthrough.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. My Dinosaur Life, with it's punchy guitars and lyrics about ennui and breaking up and video games, would fit perfectly in any blink fan's iTunes library.

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  1. Aug 11, 2010
    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 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. Collapse

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