Quite possibly the worst title for an album ever
This is 4th studio album from the Minneapolis boys, and I have to say I find the artwork for the album cover quite bizarre, looking more like the E.P of a local pop-punk band than that of a dominant band in the pop-punk/rock scene.
The album starts with the track “Worker Bee” which seems to match the albums title and artwork, it doesn’t make sense to me that a band such as MCS would progress into a mature band throughout their first three studio instalments, then seem to go full circle, with songs, bar the squeaky clean production, sound like a band just finding their sound.
The initial track is not, unfortunately, a one off lapse in this otherwise great bands musical skill. As the album continues the songs don’t seem to get any more engaging, these aren’t bad songs, they’re very nice little pop songs, but there is something missing. It seems the MCS guys have lost the hard edge that, combined with their polished pop groove, made them stand out from the crowd.
Her Words Destroyed My Planet is the first single off this record, and it’s a good choice, definitely one of the stronger songs, with singer Justin Pierre giving the vocal melody just the right amount of angst.
The following track “Disappear see’s the band trying to keep hold of their old edge, and to be fair, it works quite well, it’s a dark, slick, catchy tune reminiscent of their “I am the Movie” days, it doesn’t quite match up to songs like “Mary Without Sound” but it’s on the right lines.
“History Lesson” and “Stand Too Close” are a good duo for the mid-point of this 12 track L.P: they both feature an acoustic guitar track, which might be something the band should incorporate more for their music, as these two tracks are the strongest out of the dozen.
Unfortunately, the saviour of these is short lived, with the song “Pulp Fiction” giving clear clarification to my previous statement of the band acting more like a cheesy local pop-punk band. Though catchy, it isn’t very engaging and would find it hard to believe that any long standing fan would agree with the direction the band has taken. This album may draw in a much younger crowd, a new batch of MCS fans, but this is done at the risk of losing a large percentage of their original following.
The rest of the album follows in a similar vein to that of the previous track: not BAD songs as such, but nothing outstanding or in anyway engaging. It seems Motion City Soundtrack’s move to Columbia Records was a bad idea, and even lyrical references to Veronica Mars and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time can’t save this album from mediocrity. Now I’m off to save Hyrule and beat myself off over pictures of Kirsten Bell.