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MP3 Stegosaurus Rex - The Dino Soars

In Stegosaurus Rex''s first album release "The Dino Soars," the audience embarks on a journey across four different flavors of music, correlated with the four humors of the artistic temperament. Stegosaurus Rex has the amazing ability of changing between d

37 MP3 Songs in this album (142:28) !
Related styles: Electronic: Electro House, Electronic: Disco, Instrumental

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This extended version of the album includes previously unreleased and bonus tracks.


"The double-album-length debut by the Bay Area''s Stegosaurus Rex is a sprawling wander through the last quarter-century of electronic pop music. Singer-songwriter-keyboardist Max Chen doesn''t pledge allegiance to any particular subgenre, so these 18 songs skip merrily between Caribou-style indie pop ("Green"), mellow downtempo instrumentals (the soulful, slinky "East Bay Kickback"), hyper dancefloor fillers ("Polar"), hip-hop ("Sleep All Day"), experimental atmospheric soundscapes ("Blindness"), standard-issue electro-pop ("Frozen Promises") and any other idea that comes to mind. In lesser hands, this would come off as merely unfocused, and it''s certainly true that many A&R representatives would have demanded this lengthy CD be broken up into several different EPs, perhaps under different project names for ease of niche marketing. But even aside from the bravery of refusing to limit himself to one particular musical persona, Chen reveals himself to be a talented producer and a fairly solid songwriter with a particular knack for cool, mellow grooves and low-key, jazz-tinged melodies. The Dino Soars is perhaps best heard in bits and pieces (or on shuffle play), but it''s a fun listen that promises better still to come." (-Stewart Mason, allmusic)

On The Dino Soars, Stegosaurus Rex presents an interesting collection of homemade electronica. Unlike most bedroom computer-made albums, The Dino Soars jumps across styles, touching on hip-hop and house beats, downbeat trip-hop, electro-pop, and even a bit of experimental, droney electronica. Where the album really shines is with the more beat-oriented tracks. Opening song East Bay Kickback starts the album off strong with a great sample and a solid drum beat, making it the kind of song you would hear in your head while drinking a beer outside on a warm Oakland evening. Another standout track is Six Sixteen. A great sample and solid hip-hop beat drive this track as it steadily moves through the opening string loop to a chopped-up vocal chorus and back again to the string loop as it is filtered out. The album also features some great uptempo tracks. On tracks like Polar and Fleeting Disco Do, Stegosaurus creates great disco-style house. Catchy samples that he cuts and rearranges as the song progresses, solid bass lines, and some good ''ol techno beats make these tracks dancefloor-worthy. Where this album doesn''t work as well is in the less beat-oriented and vocal tracks. These tracks especially lack in production value. The sounds are thin and dull compared to the earlier mentioned songs and have a hard time fitting in with the rest of the album sonically. A little more cohesiveness throughout the album and a step up in production level could put Stegosaurus Rex on the same level as a lot of the stuff on Ninja Tune Records. --Glenn Jackson, NASCENT Magazine

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