From the opening salvos of â€˜Attractive Todayâ€™ and lead off single â€˜Everything Is Alrightâ€™ to the heartbreaking leaving note of â€˜Hold Me Downâ€™, Motion City Soundtrack (Justin Pierre, Joshua Cain, Jesse Johnson, Matt Taylor and Tony Thaxton) take you through an emotional rollercoaster.Â
Informed by lead singer/guitarist Pierreâ€™s well documented problems (Iâ€™m not going into it here â€“ just listen to the albums), MCSâ€™s sophomore effort (produced by Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 fame) is pure pop genius.Â
Some lines come across as so silly itâ€™s unbelievable, but listen again and they just make sense.Â Take the first line heard – â€œI am wrecked / I am overblown / I am also fed up with the common coldâ€ from â€˜Attractive Todayâ€™.Â
It is this â€œjust making senseâ€, the feeling of connection, of being able to relate with someone elseâ€™s words, that has kept Commit This To Memory never very far away from my speakers since its release in the Summer of 2005.Â Lines like â€œI’m a mess, I’m a wreck / I am perfect, and I have learned to accept / all my problems and short comings / Because I am so visceral, yet deeply ineptâ€Â (L.G. FUAD) and â€œOur Hell ends every weekend / But it’s all I have to believe to believe inâ€ (Better Open The Door) resonated with me, and though the worlds another three and some years older, and a very, very different place (for me, in a very, very good way!), they still do.Â
This is probably the most intelligent, yet accessible; verbose, yet understandable; cynical, yet optimistic; happy, yet melancholic album ever created.