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Secondhand Rapture [Explicit]

May 14, 2013 | Format: MP3

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I am so in love with this it's not even funny. MS MR have a remarkable way of blending pop with a melancholy, dark tone and it's too wonderful for words. If you liked their EP then you're sure to enjoy this as well! If you haven't heard of them, think a blend of Marina and the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding, Magic Man, Alex Winston, Frances Rose, and Harper Blynn.

Track analysis:

1. Hurricane: Sultry and wonderfully mid-tempo, it's a solid opener.

2. Bones: Probably their best-known song so far courtesy of the Game of Thrones trailer, this song has a deliciously dark beat and showcases lead singer Lizzy's powerhouse voice quite well.

3. Ash Tree Lane: An incredibly catchy chorus makes this memorable, and the drums are driving and phenomenal.

4. Fantasy: Powerful drum lines pair with Lizzy's vocie quite well, and the creative use of glottal stops and intricate instrumental layering make this one of my favorites off of the album.

5. Dark Doo Wop: Awesome throwback song, it's got an amazing feeling of nostalgia and melancholy and I don't even know what all wrapped up in gorgeous vocals.

6. Head Is Not My Home: This song marks the shift into the material on Secondhand Serenade that hasn't been previously released, and I have to say....this song is my absolute favorite off of the album. Lizzy's vocals are mind blowing and it's just such a powerful, fun, sexy song that's overflowing with energy and passion. I'm in love.

7. Salty Sweet: Another super fun song, it's quirky and a nice bit of a break from all of the powerhouse songs!

8. Think of You: Nice mid-tempo song, the intro isn't amazing but when it drops into the chorus it's a fun angsty/break-up/whatever song.

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Ever since MS MR's "Bones" was featured in a Game of Thrones commercial, I've been anticipating a full album release, due to the duo's obscurity and interesting style. They don't disappoint me.

Secondhand Rapture is a sublime collection of tales on our dreams, our reality, heartbreak, beautiful sensuality, and depression. All of these themes are set to a combination of wrathful drums, soaring violins, a peaceful piano, and electronic flairs. All of MR's production supports MS's voice, with her tone switching from scornful to mournful to other emotions.

I can understand the Florence + the Machine and Lana Del Rey comparisons, but MS MR is neither of them. Instead, they amplify Florence's macabre tendencies and Lana's earthly nostalgia and put both elements into their greater, unique sound.

Plenty of great moments shine in the album. The inviting line "welcome to the inner workings of my mind" in "Hurricane, the striking gasp right in the middle of "Ash Tree Lane", the westernesque streak in "Head is Not My Home", and the profanity-tinted fury in "Think of You". Overall though, the central sound of the album lies in "Fantasy". The vague tribal sounds sets up an outdoor arena for MS's disappointment and yearning for what can't be achieved.

What keeps this from being number five right now though is the few moderate tracks on the album, like the subdued "Dark Doo Wop", and while "This Isn't Control" is an interesting closer, it doesn't feel complete as a final note, both musically and thematically. Some ideas get melded together, like on "Bones" and I feel like there's more potential to be mined.

But for a debut, this is fan-tas-tic, so buy it if you love dark, indie pop with baroque-electronic instruments.
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When I saw them live, I wasn't quite sure about them (they were opening for another band), but after the first song, I was hooked. I bought their EP, and when I heard they were releasing a full-length album, I was overjoyed. This is an amazing first album, and I would recommend it to anyone (in fact, I already do when my friends ask for music to check out). It has a little bit of a 'creepy' vibe, but that's what makes it such a good album. I could give you a review of each song in particular, but that would take far too long! Definitely one of my favourite albums!
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I got the EP for MS MR earlier this year after (what else) hearing "Bones" used for Game of Thrones. The EP, which includes Bones, Dark Doo Wop, Hurricane and Ash Tree Lane, are all stunning. When I heard that the full length was available I snatched it up.

The four offerings on the EP are also on "Secondhand Rapture," which is great. The other songs, though, have a different feel and texture to them. While they are very good (Head is Not My Home, BTSK and This Isn't Control, specifically), there is more of an indie pop feel to it than the minor-chord semi-goth I was hoping for.

Still, overall, the album is well done and has a lot of bridge and chorus repetition, which makes it easy and fun to sing along. I will really be interested in a sophomore album, to see if they polish their sound a little more.
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What an awesome album! Love! If you love Florence and the Machine you will love it! Can't wait to hear more from her!
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