Motion City Soundtrack - I Am The Movie [reissue] (Cover Artwork)

Motion City Soundtrack

Motion City Soundtrack: I Am The Movie [reissue]I Am The Movie [reissue] (2003)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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What could possibly be the biggest rags-to-riches success story in the coming months might very well be the biography of one Motion City Soundtrack. Starting from humble beginnings in Minneapolis, and clawing and scraping their name into the respectability column of so many scenester's minds, the b.
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What could possibly be the biggest rags-to-riches success story in the coming months might very well be the biography of one Motion City Soundtrack. Starting from humble beginnings in Minneapolis, and clawing and scraping their name into the respectability column of so many scenester's minds, the band's vision is finally realized with this, the album they've always wanted.

What's that, you say? The band already released this album last year by themselves? Well, you're correct, but this album has almost a completely different feel. For starters, the packaging is 100% different [but still just as creative, with a gorgeous layout including transparency paper].

As for the music itself, the songs have received a fresh coat of paint in the form of re-recorded bass parts as well as some bells and whistles here and there [most notably the addition of a tambourine in "Mary Without Sound"]. The whole album has been beefed up a bit production-wise by Ed Rose once again, so each song shines even more than it did before.

Now for those of you who were smart enough to buy the self-released version of the album [and haven't sold it on eBay yet], you might wonder why you should drop another 12 bucks to pick up what you may believe is the same disc. Well, for starters, the band removed "1000 Paper Cranes" from the tracklisting and added 4 different songs in it's place. Since you can read about what I thought about the original album here, I'll spend the majority of the review focusing on these new songs.

  • Perfect Teeth - this is sort of a "The Future Freaks Me Out" part two, with nostalgic lyrics coupled with an insanely catchy vocal line delivered by lead singer Justin [whose voice has gotten way better since he recorded the original batch of songs a year or so ago]. Super catchy, thumbs up.
  • Modern Chemistry - Clocking in at barely 2 minutes, the song seems almost like an afterthought; the music is rather repetitive, but on subsequent listens, the lyrics really grow on you. The buildup of the last chorus is rather powerful, too, and it's hard not to play air drums along with it. Oh yeah, and you can't go wrong with falsetto "Oohs" ever. Ever.
  • Capital H - This received my first "You gotta be kidding me!" award in recent times, as the song has been recorded a record third time for three separate releases [Their self-titled EP and their split CD with Schatzi both had different recordings of the song]. MCS decided to once again record what used to be my favorite song by them, and by this point it's had a lot of it's life sucked out of it. I'll always be the scenester and say the first version was the best, but that's just me. Basically, this is one of the band's catchiest songs they've ever written, and it is a smart addition to the album overall, considering this will be most peoples' first taste of MCS.
  • Autographs & Apologies - this song has been a live favorite in the band's set for the past few tours, and it showcases the group's darker side of their MOOG-pop. If it's a taste of things to come for the quintet, then I want to eat the whole thing.

When I first reviewed this album last December, I enjoyed it a lot but wasn't in love with it for reasons I couldn't place my finger on. With the re-release sounding so much sharper and crisper, plus the addition of 4 more tracks which all get a thumbs up, the album has inched up on my scale. This could very well be the quintessential summer CD for your car stereo, along with Spitalfield's "Remember Right Now." Check it out.

The Future Freaks Me Out
My Favorite Accident
Boombox Generation

My Favorite Accident Lo Hi

Stream the entire record here


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Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

I recently picked this up and I don't know if it's been a silent re-issue again or an Australian exclusive but 1000 Paper Cranes is back on the list.

Anonymous (August 25, 2004)

this cd is orgasmic.

Anonymous (July 10, 2004)

The Greatest Band Ever!!! Motion City Soundtrack should have a perfect 10 because thats how good they are. Whats wrong with u guys. You guys have no taste if you are giving them an 8. MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK ROCKS!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Usually I don't like softer pop-punk/emo or whatever the hell the kids are calling it these days. But I love this album. I can't stop listening to it. I love the mog/keyboards. It's nice to see that there is actually some talent left on Epitaph.

captaincrunch (September 6, 2003)

Oh man I love this CD. I can't stop listening to it. I got the original in January and I've probably listened to both that and the re-release a total of 300 times all the way through, at least. I'm not even kidding. Definitely my favorite of 2003.

-Captain Crunch

Anonymous (August 25, 2003)

i always had heard nothing but great things about these guys, but for some reason i never checked them out. then i saw them at warped and think they are great. get this cd!

Anonymous (August 17, 2003)

I own they're first album and really enjoyed it, but this re-release is amazing.First off the new songs add a little shine to the CD. The Spiffy cover is really fun to stare at when bored (not that I know), and the overall clean up of all the songs that were on the previous album just rock. WOO and YAY

Anonymous (August 15, 2003)

I thought this was by far some really goood work. An excellent album...its got some really good tunes in it and i just love it. peace out..

Anonymous (August 14, 2003)

awesome, it's in my CD player constantly, awesome...

Anonymous (August 10, 2003)

Favorite CD ever, no questions asked. They were the best band at Warped Tour, and I know I'm not the only one that thought so. Support the band, buy the CD, you won't be dissapointed.

Analog_Boy (August 6, 2003)

I think this seriously deserves a perfect score.

Anonymous (August 4, 2003)

this cd rocks get it

Anonymous (July 30, 2003)

god. i love it. it rules. i think Motion City Soundtrack is the best band Epitaph has signed since Hot Water music. I wished they'd push this record a little more though, so more people could get into them. but seriously.

shibby (July 29, 2003)

RAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ wot an album! These guys rocked live an the album is even better! Any whos got it will back me up on that and anyone who hasn't got it should get it!

Anonymous (July 28, 2003)

This album is awesome, I was blown away when I saw them live, and the album lives up to my expectations. If you dont have it GO PICK IT UP!

Anonymous (July 26, 2003)

A modern classic, pure musical genius all packed into one kick arse punk record. its a must have!

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

This album is so freaking awesome! I saw them in New Jersey at Birch Hill and they were sooooo amazing...The cd is a great investment...I play it all the time

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

This album is a must, it is one of the best albums i have ever bought, it simply is awesome and each track is as good as the next. If you think u are a music fan then u must have this album if not u are a total fake!! MCS ROCK!!!!!

Anonymous (July 21, 2003)

This cd is one of the best cds I have heard in a while, I love it, it rocks my socks and is completely rad

Anonymous (July 21, 2003)

Motion City Soundtrack just rocks your bloody socks off. They are great band. There musical talent passes boundries that other bands cannot surpass. MCS is a must hear band that you will definately get hooked on. :)

Anonymous (July 21, 2003)

This is a super awesome album. It is probably the best album released on epitaph this year. You will have no regrets when you buy this cd. It is full of origional sound and super rad lyrics. And plus the keyboardest (jesse) is super nice and so cool!!!

Anonymous (July 19, 2003)

Its a little rock...its a little roll...and its a lot of keyboard magic. If you love the sound of a well oiled moog machine then "I am the Movie" is one of those cds that will retain a perminant position in your cd changer. Although the keyboard is an important instrument throughout the album it is not the driving force...its slick integration with the drums, bass,and guitar as well as strong vocals gives the album that "special" touch. From start to end MCS brings you a different danceable tune...you will never ask yourself "didn't I already hear this song?" because every song is distinct with its own degree of pure rock. I listen to a lot of artists who use keyboards and many fall on the other side of that line...you know the one...the "just a little too poppy to listen to everyday" line. MCS keeps a good distance from that line and its a good thing. I don't know if this review convinced any of you to buy the album, but hopefully it will convince you to download some songs. Then if you like them...go out and buy the cd and support MCS because they deserve it. Check out their live shows too...cause I promise they will "rock u stupid." With that I say: rock is good, rock is loud, rock is MCS.

Anonymous (July 17, 2003)

This album is definatly one of my favorites. Every song is unique and is catchy. Lyrics are well thought out and you just cant get enough of that Moog. hell yes. MCS rocks and dont you forget it

Anonymous (July 1, 2003)

Desert City Soundtrack would lose a court battle for the "City Soundtrack" name in a heartbeat. MCS pre-dates DCS by a few years. They also have a huge record label behind them now, so they can squash DCS and the band "Motion Soundtrack". Go read "Everything You Need to Know About the Music Industry".

burstandbloom (June 30, 2003)

This is unworthy of four stars.

Anonymous (June 29, 2003)

Desert City Soundtrack is better.

They should fight for the "City Soundtrack" thing.

Anonymous (June 28, 2003)

I love this album. I do hope this band blows up huge so I can sell my orignal copies of their stuff for mad amounts of cash...I did that with my Alk3 stuff and made almost a grand.

Anonymous (June 28, 2003)

i really like this cd, but its not as great as everyone makes it out to be. i do agree with one thing AP said about it. before i ever read their 'low profile' article, i would describe them as the midway point between jimmy eat world and the all american rejects. with some piebald thrown in for good measure. if u like those 3 bands, or moog driven power pop in general, u will like it. the lyrics can sometimes be a little to dorky. boombox generation is a horrible song. modern chemistry isnt so good either. the future freaks me out is fantastic. motley crue references in songs are great. i'd say its a 7/10 but it'll probably grow on me to be an 8

Anonymous (June 28, 2003)

There are plenty of people who are saying that about Epitaph too.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

I love how when other labels such as Epitaph sign bands like these and people seem to respond with "I like the direction" and when a label like Victory signs a band like this (ala The Reunion Show) tons of people cry money grubbing sell-out! I'm amazed. But then again, not really.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Very good cd. Very good recording. This is a pleasant surprise considering the direction Epitaph has been going lately.

TahoeJeff (June 27, 2003)

hmmm..makes me wonder how much the original release could sell for.

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

It's so easy to be an asshole when you can hide behind that "Anonymous"

Anonymous (June 27, 2003)

Go die Wuss you fucking pussy pop punk loving piece of dogshit.

CaptainCrunch (June 26, 2003)

Woah, Wuss, you're still alive! We haven't heard from you much lately...

Great CD, one of my favorites, I can't stop listening to it. This and the Mars Volta coming out on the same day is way too much good music at the same time. Awesome.

Anonymous (June 26, 2003)

Just went out and bought the CD, good choice scottie...this one kicks ass


Anonymous (June 26, 2003)

This is a really good album catchy, but seems to even have substance. Cover art rules and all, and our own Scotty gets a shout-out in the thank you section! Props to Scott.

lieutenant (June 25, 2003)

HOLY FUCK. This album is sooo good. I really was not expecting what I heard when I first popped the album into my Walkman. I really hate to jump into lame reviewer cliches, but there is one word that is forever melted into my mind whenever I listen to this record. DELICIOUS. It is.

Anonymous (June 25, 2003)

I won't lie to say this album is very catchy and rockin'. I thought it would suffer the same plague as matchbook romance's hype.


timis (June 25, 2003)


no dude.....you are thinking of the band, Gameface.

Anonymous (June 25, 2003)

really good cd, really good live show... this band is awsome

Anonymous (June 25, 2003)

old packaging = way cooler

TahoeJeff (June 25, 2003)

I likes the original packaging better..the floppy disk was bad ass

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

Ya love em or hate em.... Nothing but love comin from over here. Perfect Teeth is a great addition, and while this version of Capital H is weak, it's such a fun song that it makes up for the recording. As a whole... this is one of the most fun CDs this year. Fuck AP for giving it a 3 and comparing it to Blink 182

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

These guys are a total gin blossoms ripp-off. -cv

KirbyPuckett (June 24, 2003)

Ok, ok, I finally listened to it. There's not really much else to say other than: DAYUM.

- Scott

lieutenant (June 24, 2003)

I remember when Scott was first raving about this band before their signing, and with MCS I saw a lot of what I liked, but I was never drawn too far in. Come a couple of weeks ago, and I find myself watching this group opening for the Weakerthans. Now with this album's re-release and a few listens to those old mp3s, this band sounds SO good. I am fully hooked this time around, and I wish I was on the ball with picking up this album months ago in its original form. However, there is no time like the present and there is now nothing stopping me from picking this album up tomorrow. And God, will it be goooood.

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

"maybe the reviewer overdosed and died before completion."
the album was completed well after Ward's death. But a noble effort at a joke... Noble? what am i talking about, that was fucking tasteless.
I checked out the mp3s and video for this band. Eh. I can see why people like this band. I guess i'm just not feeling it. But i give them my best wishes on all their musical endevors...

And the video, lest see, they have The Mars Volta look down for the singer, Nerf Herder bass player (or was it guitar? oh well i mean the bald guy), get up kids look for keyboards, and punky McPunk on drums. If only they got that last guy to wear some checkered suspenders and silly hat they'd be a scenester shmorgusborg!
Oh well it's the music that matters anyway. enjoy the music. But i'm afraid the video "gets my lowest rating ever... 7 thumbs up"

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

Motion City Soundtrack suck so hard.

Modern (June 24, 2003)

Good shit.

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

I have it, but I'm stuck at work for another four hours. I did listen to the new Mars Volta though...ooh, now that is nice!!!

I love Tuesdays like this.

- Scott
(This 1000 Grand is good)

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

10 reviews have already been posted today, my guess, the review is going up Friday.

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

maybe the reviewer overdosed and died before completion. oh snap!

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

it's been 12 hours. Where the fuck is a Mars Volta review?

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)


iowanick (June 24, 2003)

punch drunk love special edition dvd tomorrow too. so sweet.

sweetsugarpezz (June 24, 2003)

tomarrow will be a good day for pissing away money. im heading to my local record store to pick up THE MARS VOLTA, motion city soundtrack, and vendetta red's new album... and maybe be spitalfield and/or moneen records, since quite a few people seem to be getting a boner over em... as for motion city soundtrack, what ive heard ive liked very much, and this should go smoothly between my get up kids and reggie albums for my "moog-rock" fill.

KirbyPuckett (June 24, 2003)

I can't wait to buy this when I wake up.

- Scott
(Amber is the color of my energy)

Anonymous (June 24, 2003)

i just realized they kinda sound like the reunion show. i want to say "no wonder" you like them but its prob not the case


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