"I usually don't give pop punk (if you want to slap a genre on this, that one seems fairly accurate) much of a chance. I find most of the lyrics to be cliched, and most of the hooks to be boring (and to sound like most of the other bands).
However MCS manages to have really well written lyrics, and compliments them with an unique voice from the lead singer. The hooks on this album are incredibly catchy, and I tend to find myself whistling them throughout the day. The keyboard also ads depth to the typical rock band set up. But instead of being gimmicky (like most of the eighties revival stuff around) they have real personality.
Really what it boils down to is that MCS is different. In a genre that has mostly trite and boring content (in my opinion) Motion City stand out. I think that people really respond to the uniqueness of MCS's sound. A wide selection of the people I know enjoy them, and their songs get a lot of play time on party mixes, and in car stereos.
The album itself is well sequenced, for the most part. It keeps high energy throughout its length. The songs tend to have a similar sound, but they all are distinct enough so as to not make the album drag.
Motion City is a good example of a band that's able to find commercial success as well as establishing an unique sound. Commit this to memory is good as well (more 4 star good than 5), and I hope that MCS keeps up the good work.
I'd reccomend seeing them live as well. There's even more energy than on the album, the singer has an excellent voice (note to fallout boy: pick a lead singer who can perform well without the help of a producer), and they really get the crowd into it."
A Good Album...but hardly emocore
Rob McLean | 03/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i dont really see how you can class this and fall out boy as emocore?? they really are more pop-punk than anything else. and for what the other reivewer said i do listen to "proper" punk such as dead kennedys and black flag, i find this a very enjoyable record to chill out to and for times when i dont want "proper" punk. anyhoo onto the CD...its a really good cd; it has high points and its low points but still very worth a listen. i found that the keyboards in this record really added something a little extra. the lyrics are great fueled by wit and quite enjoyable. one of my faveourite songs would be "Don't Call It A Come Back" overall take this CD on the music alone not the scene or what your "punk" friend says about it. "
arti | 05/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My friend gave me this album, and since then, I have been in love with this band. They incorporate two guitarists, a moog, and an extremely talented lead singer for a very unique (and good) sound. Their lyrics can be as serious as you want to interpret, from random yet fun babble to philosophical thoughts on life. You'll likely hear more of the latter in the music though, but fittingly so: it's a fun album and just makes you happy. They've become one of my favorite bands, and everyone who I've introduced them to like them. Can't wait for their new album.
Standout songs: The Future Freaks Me Out, My Favorite Accident, Capital H, Perfect Teeth"
This album makes me feel so good.
Dave | Sweden | 11/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Motion City Soundtrack is the kind of band that fills the space that you didn't know existed until they come along. I first came across their music when I heard My favorite accident on the Burnout 3 soundtrack (an excellent game btw!), and it immediately caught my interest. When I heard the whole album I fell in love. The combination of catchy melodies, great involving lyrics but still a bit rough is was appeals to me. I am very glad that this band exists. Their music sets me in a good mood and makes me see the good things in life and see things from a distance. One of the best 10 albums ever made."
Samantha | Columbus, IN | 08/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My boyfriend introduced me to Motion City Soundtrack, and lets just say I fell in love. Both 'I Am The Movie' and 'Committ This to Memory' are works of musical art. Their sound is uniquie and infectious without ever wearing out. This album is one that you can listen to straight through and never once want to skip a track, not to mention, listen to repetedly and not tire of. And if you think the CD is good, check 'em out live, even better!"