Catch 22
Dinosaur Sounds



by few_dollars_more USER (1 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2005 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Most people wrote off Catch 22 after 3 members left to Streetlight Manifesto(One being Thomas Guitarist/Vocals). However, Catch 22 came out with this album in an attempt to return to the ska scene. This album has more of a "poppy" sound to it than any of the previous Catch and alot more horn sound then in the other albums. This album pales in comparison to Keasbey Nights and Alone in a Crowd, but is still worth a good listen.

1. Rocky: Hard driving guitars incorporate most of the song. Very "in-you-face" sound. Nice lyrics and horns. Song about hatred and wanting to be left alone. Great intro to album and one of the better songs on the album.

2. Beguile the Time: Great song. Very mild compared to Rocky, great horn and vocal parts. About sending innocent men into war just to die. Great songwrting.

3. Wine Stained Lips: Probably the most poppy sound of all the songs. Most popular song(Showed up on Fuse and VH1). I'm not a big fan of the song. Pretty catchy horn and guitar riffs. Very catchy chorus.

4. Motown Cinderella: Very nice, relaxing song. Catchy chorus, song you can listen to alot and still be happy. Nice lyrics. Good horn riff at end. Song about a girl rejecting a guy, and the "mesenger" not wanting to break the news. OK song.

5. Chin Up: Song about couple getting in a fight, and how they want to make it up. Traditional ska guitar for most of song. Good lyrics. Backup vocals used well.

6. Dreams of Venus: Good lyrics, not much horns except in-between verses. Doesn't really sound like ska very much. Kinda catchy, kind of song you would exercise to.

7. Dripping Faucet: Nice, catchy horn parts. Hard-driving guitar sound. Lot of bass guitar and drum. Song is about being young and the troubles associated with it.

8. Good Times: Nice ska guitar. Very nice happy mood. About a guys screwed-up life, but how he looks at all the good things he still has. Good message through lyrics. Catchy guitar and vocals, that will have you sing along. Nice clapping of hands effect towards end. Album Starts getting back on the track with this song.

9. So Cold: Instromental that leads up to Regression, technically, they should be one song. Very relaxing.
NR - Not really a song.

10. Regression: One of best songs on album. Great chorus and guitar/horn parts. Song is about a man wondering why another has gotten so serious over the years and needs to lighten up. Message passed through song has alot in common with Good Times. Great Lyrics.

11. Chasing the Moon: Nice horn intro. Techno sounding guitar in beggining. Fast paced song. Song about how to drink all your problems away. Not a very good song.

12. Lamont's Lament: Same message as Chasing the Moon. Very nice song. Kind of country sounding guitar in intro. Back-up "Heys!" are used well.

*13* Hidden track. Just a plain instromental. Very nice however, great horn parts. Nice guitar riff is covered with a booming horn line.
9/10 ( I rated that according to instromentals, not compared to rest of song.)

Overall, I think this album has its up and downs. More of a pop sound than ska, which would make some not like it. Great songwriting in most songs. Kind of album that has to grow on you. Overall rating of this album would probably be a 7/10, good but not great.

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x peacock.skeleton x
January 30th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

Good review and i want to add that catch 22 are the very best of the best ska bands out there


February 4th 2006


I think that this album completely counters off their past success, proving that the past members were clearly the talent in this band.This Message Edited On 02.04.06

February 25th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

catch 22 can do better

not a bad cd, the next one just better be better

April 3rd 2006


No Keasbey Nights, but still really underrated
Motown Cinderella is my 2nd favorite Catch 22 song behind 12341234

April 15th 2006


ok, this is pretty much the problem with ska, and more than likely why shitty clones like Reel Big Fish and Mustard Plug exsist. The hornlines, the melodies, the lyrics, everything about this record is so fucking predictable. If you want to listen to great ska, with really ecletic songwriting, I would Reccoment Everything goes Numb, By Streetlight Manifesto. Tomas Kalnoky became a songwriting genius since 1998. Its evidenced by the superb BOTAR EP, and by Everything Goes Numb. That being said, Catch-22 has become a horribly predictable band. Alone in the Crowd was still a good record, although it didnt measure up to the great Keasby Nights record. Dinosaur Sounds is a let down in the most extreme sense of the word.

April 20th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

People are so quick to negatively judge this album. I think it is a good album, nothing to be tossed in the dirt. Of course it is not as good as Keasbey Nights or Everything Went Numb; 99.85% of all ska isn't. Catch 22 now has an advantage with their name, but also a disadvantage because it is setting people up to expect the goose of ska to lay a golden egg. Their band changed and their sound changed. Tomas even said in an interview, while with Catch 22, that "That's one of our biggest things is evolution. Ask many bands and their always like, a band's great as long as they don't change, but I think it's the exact opposite. I think the most important thing in music and being in a band is to evolve." And they didnt change to a boring band in my opinion. This album has some songs that are boring(lyrically), some songs that are catchy(horns), and some songs that have great potential that want me wanting more. Lamont's Lament is probably my favorite ska instramental. It has great energy, horns and a great punk feel. Dripping Faucet is also another favorite of mine. For the next album(that comes out early summer), Kevin has said it is going in the direction of more punk less pop, which has me pretty excited for the next album as much as Streetlight's next one album.

Decent review, I like your positive attitude. You did get lost in your songs though. 9 is an intro and isnt So Cold. Track 10 is So Cold; 11 is Regression; 12 is Chasing The Moon and 13 is Lamont's Lament. You probably got them mixed up by labeling them off what Media Player tells you.

Mike Rakhabit
April 21st 2006


It's an okay album, nowhere near their best.

May 9th 2006


Yeah. Tomas is a beast. Greatest songwriter I've ever seen. But Catchthe22, I like your point. it is a good CD, and you can't really jsutify comparing it to Keasbey Nights.

February 7th 2010


Just so you know, you have the song titles mixed up. it was the band's fault, they released it that way but it's been corrected in other areas since then. I just thought you'd like to know!

August 24th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5

This is better than I remember. I thought I was supposed to hate this.

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