Motion City Soundtrack
Go


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sam Cowen USER (17 Reviews)
June 7th, 2012 | 31 replies | 4,254 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I am attempting to change after years of destruction. Don't be alarmed."

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Maturity. It's a word fans love and loath equally. While some see it as a chance for the band to grow, for some fans this means the band ditching the energy that attracted them in the first place. Blink 182 are an example of a band who needed to mature, and worked the maturity into their current sound perfectly.

Back with their fifth full length, Go, Motion City Soundtrack have attempted just this. Lyrically the band has always been mature and intelligent, however on this release we see Justin Pierre and co slow things down. Fast paced songs such as Disappear are, for the most part, gone, and in their place are acoustic guitars and string sections. Despite this, you can tell immediately that this album is by Motion City Soundtrack. There is a slight change in momentum, the songs are far more laid back, yet it all still sounds like them. Sonically the record sounds like the next step on from the third album, Even If It Kills Me, however, if you were one of the fans who didn't like that release, you should still find enough to enjoy here.

While Go has most in common with the more pop-orientated Even If It Kills Me, particularly on the second track True Romance, the album has a few faster, old school, Motion City Soundtrack moments. The album kicks off with Circuits And Wires, a song written for My Dinosaur Life, which sounds like classic MCS, and will please long-time fans everywhere. Timelines, with it's auto-biographical lyrics, is a song that would fit in on their previous album, while track eight, The Worst Is Yet To Come, is one of the fastest tracks on Go, and is one of the highlights of the record, complete with a chorus that will stick in your head for days.

Its the fifth track, Everyone Will Die, however, where they really knock it out of the park. Complete with a whole string section, this stripped down song contains arguably the best lyrics Pierre has ever put to paper. It builds slowly and swells midway as violins take centre stage, before Pierre croons "Every single smile and every single tear, reminders of the moments we shared in the instant we were here." The sound is rapidly different from anything the band has done before, yet it's done in such a way you could not envision any other band having written it. Meanwhile penultimate track Happy Anniversary is perhaps the gloomiest thing they have ever recorded. It carries on the theme of death, as the song is from the perspective of Pierre's deceased grandma, and was written after he visited her when she was dying.

Not every song is a winner however. Son Of A Gun is a little dull, and lacks any real spark, while Boxelder has a great chorus but a lacklustre verse. The album is a lot less instant than any of the records that came before it, and it may take a while to sink in with some people. Songs like The Coma Kid and Timelines may require repeated listens but those who do will be well rewarded.

While Go is a superb record, it doesn't feel like it quite manages to live up to the heady heights of their brilliant previous albums, as comparing this to Commit This To Memory shows. Despite this, the record still shines, and is a great example of how musicians can mature, yet still retain the sound that captivated the audience in the first place.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IfYouRun
June 7th 2012



290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not out yet, but they have been officially streaming it all week. Also, I didn't put it in the review but a Blink 182 fan said it best I think when they said "A band I grew up listening to, is now a band I can grow old listening to."

IfYouRun
June 7th 2012



290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also, the formatting is a bit off, but I'm aware there is currently a problem with editing reviews. I'll fix it when I can.

thatoneguy726
June 7th 2012



1627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mmm. Summer.

lucasjcockcroft
June 7th 2012



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

doubt it, MDL was great, it would be hard to make one better.

IfYouRun
June 7th 2012



290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In my opinion, no. I love every record they have put out but I'd say this is their weakest since their debut.

IfYouRun
June 7th 2012



290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oddly, neither was I until I heard it live. Then it kind of clicked. I would say check it out either way, regardless of whether you liked MDL or not.

InvertTheInverted
June 7th 2012



614 Comments


I should absolutely love this band. For some reason I don't.

LifeAsAChipmunk
June 7th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Wow that first track was underwhelming.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2012



7237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll listen to this tomorrow. My Dinosaur Life was one of my favourite records of 2010 but my expectations for this are fairly moderate.

LifeAsAChipmunk
June 7th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Somehow, I went from listening to this to listening to Kelly Clarkson. I do not regret that decision. I might re-listen to this later.

Acanthus
June 8th 2012



9510 Comments


Need to go give the stream a listen, pos sir.

Digging: Ayria - Hearts for Bullets

ILJ
June 8th 2012



6544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"and in their place are acoustic guitars and string sections"

I just got so much more excited for this.

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Acanthus
June 8th 2012



9510 Comments


It was nice to hear the band again, and this isn't bad but I do wish it had more standout collective moments rather than their (constant) lyrical prowess coupled with the occasional moment of wonderful instrumentation.

Dontblinkthrice
June 8th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is disappointingly okay...

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2012



7237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought it started pretty well but I lost interest towards the end. I'll be listening to it more though.

LifeAsAChipmunk
June 8th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Just dropping by to say Kelly Clarkson's 2nd LP is still great - this not so much.

Rev
June 8th 2012



9292 Comments


this didn't do much for me on first listen, but I have a feeling it'll grow on me if I give it the chance to

camaraderie
June 8th 2012



988 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fuck me, I thought this would be good.

thatoneguy726
June 9th 2012



1627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do you ever wonder how you got to here? 4.5 4.5 4.5

LifeAsAChipmunk
June 9th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Why isn't this good?



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