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MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK Even If It Kills Me Epitaph (2007)

Motion City Soundtrack

Third album from a band I had not heard of previously but this album certainly made me sit up and take notice as it is an album chock full of catchy pop rockers with bitter sweet lyrics.

The band use synths a lot in their music and it reminded me of the classic sound created by the Cars, which on further investigation is not so surprising as Ric Ocasek of the Cars plays piano on one song and produces five of the thirteen songs on here.

Two bouncy tunes get the album underway, 'Fell In Love Without You' and 'This Is For Real' (a definite single if ever there was one). Weezer come to mind, mainly in the guitar sound, on 'Last Night' whilst listening to 'Calling All Cops' you can hear the influence of the Cars.

Only one real drawback is that the middle of the album has too many similar sounding songs. But the band storm back with 'Point Of Extinction' and 'Antonia', two more tunes guaranteed not to leave your head after hearing them.

Good, solid pop rock which will certainly delight fans of the Cars and Weezer but for me Farrah and Jackdaw 4 have produced the best, most consistently enjoyable, pop rock albums this year.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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