Sound — 9
Already one of the most anticipated releases of the new year, Motion City have a lot to make up for. Even If It Kills Me was an awkward stumble away from formula, screaming, "look, we matured!" Unfortunately, the collection just didn't stand up, even disappointing long time fans like myself. Well, My Dinosaur Life is Motion City's REAL maturity album, going away from their basic moog-influenced sound and injecting some rough guitar and catchy melody to deliver the band's best release to date.
Lyrics — 10
Justin's lyrical stylings have always been a highlight of MCS, and on Dinosaur, he really lets himself go. From the raw catchiness of Disappear, to the profanity laiden @!#?@!, he exposes himself in a new way, giving listeners an even deeper look into his mind than he ever did with Even If It Kills Me or Commit This To Memory. His vocals also sound more raw this time around, giving the record kind of a punk rock feel while still remaining relentlessly catchy.
Overall Impression — 10
My Dinosaur Life is a very grand collection of songs from a very capable band. They have surpassed critical expectations, as well as my own. The band has given their formula a complete overhaul, putting more emphasis on guitar and drum work than the usually dominating Moog. The production value is terriffic, and honestly, I cannot find a single thing I truly hate about this album. Truly a candidate for rock album of the year.