Even If It Kills Me

Even If It Kills Me

by Motion City SoundtrackMotion City Soundtrack


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With punk-pop stalwarts blink-182 now out of the running, Motion City Soundtrack could very well be crowned the genre's new torchbearers. Theirs is a punk-pop untainted by emo, unfazed by hardcore, and firmly focused on the latter element -- pop music. To that end, Even If It Kills Me finds the band working with (among others) Cars co-founder and veteran knob-twiddler Ric Ocasek, who piles their harmonies and distorted guitars into crunchy blocks of radio gold. Motion City Soundtrack share more than a few similarities with Ocasek's former group -- their dedication to the pop genre, for instance, with roots in something harder -- and his presence is a warm tribute to a band whose efforts deserve some veteran recognition. As before, frontman Justin Pierre is the star of this album, whether he's doing his part to liven up a semi-sedate ballad ("The Conversation" -- one of the album's only downer tracks) or channel the commercial spirit of former single "Everything Is Alright." In fact, Even If It Kills Me does seem to consciously aim for commercial acceptance, but rarely at the expense of the quirks and literate lyrics that first endeared Motion City Soundtrack to their fans. There's simply more radio-minded material here, from the beefy bass-driven "This Is for Real" to the mix of synthesized pop
ock and latter-day Guster in "Hello Helicopter." By splitting production duties between power pop veteran Adam Schlesinger, Eli Janney, and the aforementioned Ocasek, Motion City Soundtrack also avoid the seventh-inning stretch -- that nebulous point on Memory and I Am the Movie where the albums' final tracks began to suffer from being so similar to their predecessors. There's no lull here, just fast-paced fun -- which, given the band's motion-centric name, is both appropriate and tuneful.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: Epitaph
UPC: 0045778686223
catalogNumber: 86862
Rank: 84524

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Motion City Soundtrack   Primary Artist
Jesse Johnson   Background Vocals
Ric Ocasek   Keyboards
Adam Schlesinger   Piano
Matt Taylor   Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Shawn Harris   Vocals
Rachel Minton   Vocals
Joshua Cain   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tony Thaxton   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Justin Pierre   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Max Bemis   Vocals
Matt Taylor   Background Vocals
Jesse Munro Johnson   Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Ric Ocasek   Producer,Audio Production
John Holbrook   Engineer
Eli Janney   Arranger,Producer
Adam Schlesinger   Producer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Chris Shaw   Engineer
Motion City Soundtrack   Composer,Audio Production
Nick Pritchard   Art Direction
Rudyard Lee Cullers   Engineer
Arjun Agerwala   Engineer

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