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- Dinosaur Planet by MJ Hibbett & The Validators
9/10 Mike Staff review, 24 January 2012
Well, it's not every day you hear an album like this one!! What MJ Hibbett and his Validators have done this time is to create a 50-minute full-cast rock opera in which the earth is invaded by dinosaurs. It's very silly and very ambitious, with a Douglas Adams-esque streak of knowing silliness running throughout. The album is split between radio play-style dialogue that reminds me of listening to Radio 4 as a child, and indie pop songs which are leaning towards the twee side of things. Hibbett and co have clearly put a lot of time and effort into this piece and there's an impressive cast offering their vocal talents including the likes of Chris T-T and Phil Wilson. There's loads of plot twists (it'd take me the length of this review just to talk you through the narrative - there's 29 tracks!) and not-so-subtle cultural references and the whole thing is delivered with tongue firmly in cheek. That's nearly an hour of very British comedy indie pop with dinosaurs and giant robots and a totally enthusiastic and unironic sense of its own ridiculousness. If you like stuff on labels like Fika and WeePOP!, I'm pretty certain you will like this record too.
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