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- Dinosaur Planet by MJ Hibbett & The Validators
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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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