The songs stick in your head from the get-go, the lyrics aren’t filled with the usual clichés (well, at times they are, but over the whole, it’s not as standard as you might have expected). And musically the band doesn’t always do what you might expect either. But most of all it’s just a fun record that should be recognized as such.
Sometimes all you need is to write some clever hooks and pump some energy in it, and you have a very effective, and often, a very good pop song. Sometimes it’s a good thing to keep it simple. That’s when bands like Weezer, Sugarcult, Bowling For Soup and Taking Back Sunday were at their most effective and successful. And it seems now is the time for Motion City Soundtrack to claim the throne in that genre.
Standout songs are Disappear, Stand Too Close and Skin And Bones, but also the lead single Her Words Destroyed My Planet is quite a good song. The timing on this record is excellent and Justin Pierre proves he’s a very gifted vocalist as he shows off range, intensity and power throughout this album that will hopefully not be overlooked by the masses.