My Dinosaur Life marks the fourth album from Minnesota rockers Motion City Soundtrack and their first with Columbia Records. Reuniting them with previous collaborator and punk rock giant, Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, their latest offering could be their strongest yet. Acting as producer on the critically well received Commit This To Memory in 2006, Hoppus returns after an absence on 2008’s Even if it Kills Me.
The band hit the floor running with the perky first track Worker Bee and successfully manage to hold the pace through the majority of the album. When things begins to lose momentum on tracks such as History Lesson orStand To Close the band don’t waste time in grabbing your attention with tracks like the mile-a-minute Pulp Fiction, possibly the album’s best. While it does benefit repeat plays, there’s a lot to like in My Dinosaur Life. The stand out track and first single Her Words Destroyed My Planet is a perfect example of pop-punk at its finest as front man Justin Pierre leads pop punk into a new decade.
Motion City Soundtrack’s progression from underground fave to genre top contenders is becoming more and more apparent. Opening for Blink 182 on the first two dates of their big return tour cemented their place in the scene. Could Motion City Soundtrack be hailed as the new heirs to the nifty-rock throne? If My Dinosaur Life is anything to go by, then definitley.