Album Review: Dinosaur Pile-Up - Celebrity Mansions
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The fourth album from Leeds alt-rockers Dinosaur Pile-Up sees the band return with a noticeably beefed-up sound. On Celebrity Mansions they ditch introspection to take a look at celebrity culture and society at large, but sonically remain true to their roots.
Album Art 'Celebrity Mansions' (2019)
Everything is tightened up and each aspect of the band packs more punch. We begin with two promising tracks showcasing the new turbo-charged sound in the form of ‘Thrash Metal Cassette’ and ‘Back Foot’, both of which were released as singles prior to Celebrity Mansions. The former encapsulates this album’s strengths as well as weaknesses. Frontman’s Matthew Bigland’s debt to Dave Grohl is obvious; the main riff in ‘Thrash Metal Cassette’ is borrowed from Foo Fighters’ ‘White Limo’ (perhaps hinted at by a song further down the tracklisting entitled ‘Black Limousine’). It’s not that that’s not enjoyable – just try not to think too hard about why the tune seems so instantly familiar. This is followed by ‘Back Foot’, which is a real album highlight. Here is a true slacker anthem about dreams of success never quite fully materialising, and defiant optimism in the face of less-than-optimal circumstances. Lyrically there are several Americanisms that crop up such as, ‘waiting tables, yeah, I’m working for the man’. These can be forgiven though, in the presence of such a mighty riff.
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