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Growing Pains

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Friends Vs. Records
  • ASIN: B0040ZTO4O
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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BBC Review

Rock trio Dinosaur Pile-Up have followed-up 2009's The Most Powerful EP In the Universe! with a debut album which drifts by, seemingly fine with dispensing individuality for huge, blazing guitars and grunge-encrusted melodies. This works solidly for opener and single Birds & Planes, where the riffed chord sequences echo the vocal, binding the two inextricably in your head. It might as well define the statement of intent.

At this point subtlety seems to have been pushed aside roughly for the most direct, simplistic and playful tunes to be driven home with force. Unfortunately this force is quickly dissipated over the album's run time; not because the songs lose momentum but because rapid desensitisation numbs any initial excitement. Broken Knee shifts the dynamics slightly with harmonies wrapping the chugging verses, although these harmonies continue into the chorus unbroken and relatively unchanged. One token-sounding acoustic number begins maudlin enough but, in this case, its simplicity is endearing, and delightfully spurts into a full-band crescendo that, though predictable, is a suave lead-in to the final track.

Though each of these songs has a potentially addictive hook, it's very wearing to hear the whole lot in one huge slab of déjà vu rock. The first half erodes a lot of goodwill towards the second, which is generally more refreshing and compositionally superior with all sorts of musical punctuation used in favour of the all-out assault. Traynor is where the band seems to hit their stride, recalling the pressure build-up and resultant explosions they displayed on their most-recent EP.

It's not enough to shed the feeling that there's little here that hasn't been explored and exhausted elsewhere. There's not much wrong with wanting to wear influences on sleeves or indulge in a sound that draws the best from each member's abilities within songwriting and performance. It is a shame, however, that Dinosaur Pile-Up see fit to undermine their efforts by stripping individuality away and searing their personality on an intensity that isn't necessarily always required, at least for the songs on offer here.

--Brad Barrett

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jones on 1 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
After the sheer brilliance of the audaciously titled Most Powerful EP In The Universe, Dinosaur Pile Up had set quite a standard to live up to. And whilst undoubtedly a real stormer of a debut album, Growing Pains does seem to lack something of the sparkle of the former release. That's not to say there's anything to dislike here - early belters like 'Birds & Planes' and 'Barceloner' are a blast of grunge at some of its' finest, and the (slightly) more subtle harmonies of 'Broken Knee' and closer 'All Around The World' do something to add extra dimensions to the mix. The slower chugging pace of 'Hey Man' too, borrowing a riff from preceding EP track 'Opposites Attract' showcases the band's subtler side, with a Weezer-esque lyrical style that is both simple but incredible effective. The sound is indeed rather derivative, though certainly no more so than the hundredfold stereotypical indie bands floating around, and while influences here are worn so visibly on sleeves that there's little point in detailing them, the only real problem this album suffers from is a lack of some of the interesting dynamics and song structures that were present on their earlier work - the magnificent 'Beach Bug' from their EP being a fine example. Where songs like re-recorded early single 'Traynor' and the Foos reminiscent 'Mona Lisa' soar to rock and roll's loftiest heights, tracks like 'Love To Hate Me' begin to feel a little forced - as if frontman and one-man-studio-band Bigland is afraid of letting his impressive wall of sound drop even a little.

Again, undoubtedly a solid, storming record that surely deserves a place among the best rock albums of the year. There's simply a nagging feeling of potential left unfilled that leaves one aching for a sophomore album that lives up to the impressive standards the band had previously set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Griffiths on 17 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Just when I thought i'd bought the best album of the year in Violent Soho's debut along comes this little belter! I really don't know what the BBC guy was listening to as he obviously didn't have the stamina to listen to the whole album. The only thing Indie about this album is the record label, this is pure, 100% alternative rock. Each song has massive hooks and guitars set to kill, must've been too much for the poor fella from Auntie Beeb, best go back to reviewing real 'indie' music so he doesn't have a heart attack, there's a good boy now!

As mentioned before by other reviewers you can hear elements of Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Weezer in the music but it's fresh enough to work and it's also British which is a huge bonus. Maybe DPU are now the rightful owners of Britains best alternative rock band crown now that Biffy and Idlewild have gone all middle aged on us. Can't wait to see them live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheRealDasBoot on 8 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
physically have not stopped listening to this record since I purchased it on Amazon! Truly awesome debut release from the boys from up t'north!

Saw them live also recently and advise all fans of 3 piece bands to check the guys out. You shouldn't be disappointed!

Ta x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spike on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
All i can say Dinosaur Pile Up are like the Foo Fighters without the parts that SUCKED! to borrow a phrase from Chris Cornell who described Soundgarden as being like Black Sabbath "without the parts that sucked" lol

There's hardly a track worth skipping on here "Birds of planes" and "Never that together" is pure heads down rock n roll reminiscent of The Foo Fighters "Monkey Wrench" and "There goes my hero" coupled with the Weezer humourisms of "Mona Lisa" and "Broken Knee" which sounds as if it was a decent left over from the Red album sessions.

A five star debut album which shows there is much more to come from this band.
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fantastic album. i had the fortune to see these live recently with about 100 others in a tiny venue and they were brilliant-nice guys as well!.

think "hey you" and the bit thats just feedback in "around the world" are a bit over prolongued but currently remains one of my most listened to albums.
be sure to download the free headspinner track from their website as its very good too. if you like ash, feeder, nirvana, early foo fighters etc you will like these. can see them being big-highly recommended!
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