Masterpiece Theatre (Marianas Trench album)

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Masterpiece Theatre
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Studio album by Marianas Trench
Released February 24, 2009 (2009-02-24)
(see release history)
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Pop punk,[1][2] symphonic rock[2]
Length 45:41
Label 604
Producer Dave Genn, Greig Nori, Dave Ogilvie, Raine Maida, Josh Ramsay
Marianas Trench chronology
Fix Me
(2006)
Masterpiece Theatre
(2009)
Ever After
(2011)
Singles from Masterpiece Theatre
  1. "Cross My Heart"
    Released: December 2008
  2. "All to Myself"
    Released: May 2009
  3. "Beside You"
    Released: November 30, 2009
  4. "Celebrity Status"
    Released: April 12, 2010
  5. "Good to You"
    Released: August 18, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Melodic.net 5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Lost in the Sound 4/5 stars[5]

Masterpiece Theatre is the second studio album by Canadian rock group Marianas Trench. It was released on February 24, 2009 in Canada and on September 28, 2010 in the United States. The album was available for preview at MuchMusic's website before the release.[citation needed] The last song on the album, titled "Masterpiece Theatre III", is a collage of all the songs on the album including its five singles.

The album is a slight departure from Fix Me, containing more theatrical elements and instruments while still retaining the punk rock influence of its predecessor. Songs like Masterpiece Theater 1, 2, and 3, Beside You, and Good To You show some experimentation using pianos and strings and harmonies.

The album sold 5,000 copies in its first week of release debuting at No. 4 on the Canadian Albums Chart[6] and since then it has reached Platinum status in Canada with sales of over 80,000 copies nationwide.[7]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Masterpiece Theatre was received well by most critics. The Phoenix New Times praised lead singer Josh Ramsay and the lyrics saying "Singer Josh Ramsay pushed himself vocally on this album, and the lyrics were very heartfelt and meaningful – not your typical pop-punk music."[8]

Melodic.net said, "this album is one of the best, if not the best, discs i've heard in the past year or two." They also said "The harmonies, arrangements, and different styles experimented with throughout the spread of the CD are absolutely awe-inspiring."[9]

Lost In the Sound gave the album a score of 80% out 100, saying that the album "is one of the best in its genre and proves that there is still good pop rock music out there."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album sold over 80,000 copies in Canada and was certified Platinum by the CRIA.[7] Singles such as "All To Myself" and "Cross My Heart" peaked in the top 15 of the Canadian Hot 100. Other singles such as "Celebrity Status", "Good to You" and "Beside You" peaked in the top 40 of the Canadian Hot 100.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Josh Ramsay, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Masterpiece Theatre I"   5:00
2. "All to Myself"   3:11
3. "Cross My Heart"   3:11
4. "Beside You"   3:36
5. "Acadia"   3:18
6. "Masterpiece Theatre II"   3:32
7. "Sing Sing"   3:15
8. "Good to You" (Ramsay, Shawn Smith) (feat. Jessica Lee) 3:04
9. "Celebrity Status"   3:06
10. "Perfect"   3:03
11. "Lover Dearest"   4:03
12. "Masterpiece Theatre III"   6:40

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Masterpiece Theatre adapted from Allmusic.[14]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2009 "Cross My Heart" MuchMusic Video Awards Favourite Canadian Video Nominated
2009 "Cross My Heart" MuchMusic Video Awards MUCH LOUD Rock Video of the Year Nominated
2009 "Cross My Heart" MuchMusic Video Awards UR Fave Video Nominated
2009 "Cross My Heart" MuchMusic Video Awards Director of the Year Won
2009 Masterpiece Theatre Western Canadian Music Awards Pop Recording of the Year Won
2010 "Cross My Heart" Independent Music Awards Astral Media Radio Favourite Single Won
2010 "Cross My Heart" Independent Music Awards Favourite Video Won
2010 Marianas Trench Independent Music Awards Favourite Pop Artist/Group Nominated
2010 Marianas Trench Canadian Radio Music Award Fan's Choice Award Nominated
2010 "Celebrity Status" MuchMusic Video Awards UR Fave Video Nominated
2010 "Celebrity Status" MuchMusic Video Awards Pop Video of the Year Nominated


Release history[edit]

Country Date Version Format Label
Canada[17] February 24, 2009 Standard 604 Records
United States[12] September 28, 2010
Canada[13] November 30, 2010 Director's Cut
(Special Edition)
United States[18]

Singles[edit]

Cross My Heart[edit]

"Cross My Heart" is the fourth single released by Marianas Trench and the first single released off of their second album Masterpiece Theatre.

Music video[edit]

[original research?]

Shot in Vancouver, Canada, the music video starts off with Josh Ramsay singing to the a woman that he is following throughout the course of the video. While going down the street, people start to hear the song, and follow along. From painters and construction workers, to teenagers from the streets, they all form a parade with the rest of the band playing on a float. In the end, the woman being followed takes out her headphones, and hears Josh singing to her. She turns around and sees the crowd cheering and applauding to her. She invites him in, the song ends and the crowd stops cheering.

Notes[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

"Cross My Heart" debuted at No. 54 on the Canadian Hot 100 and then rose No. 41 the next week, but then fell off the chart two weeks later. On the issue of January 31 it made a re-entry on the chart at No. 42 and was the "Best Comeback" and climbed to No. 16, and was the "Sales Gainer" on the issue of February 14, since then it has peaked at #15.

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100[20] 15
MuchMusic Countdown 1
Chart (2008) Position
Canadian Hot 100[21] 43

All to Myself[edit]

"All to Myself" is the fifth single released by Marianas Trench and the second single released off of their second album Masterpiece Theatre.

Chart positions[edit]

It was the Greatest Gainer for the week of June 13, 2009 on the Canadian Hot 100.[22]

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100[22] 11
Chart (2008) Position
Canadian Hot 100[21] 46

Beside You[edit]

"Beside You" is the third single (second in the United States)[23] of the Marianas Trench's second album, Masterpiece Theatre.

It was released on September 2009 in Canada, and March 2011 in the U.S. The band went on tour with Carly Rae Jepsen, The New Cities, and The Mission District to promote the song.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Beside You" was shot on September 29, 2009. The beginning shots of the beach and dock were filmed at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia. The rest of the video was shot inside of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia. The orchestra and band members in the video are students from Lord Byng Secondary School.

"Beside You" premiered on Much Music's Much on Demand on October 30, 2009.

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100 27
MuchMusic Countdown 1
Chart (2010) Position
Canadian Hot 100[24] 64

Celebrity Status[edit]

"Celebrity Status" is the fourth single off Marianas Trench's second studio album, Masterpiece Theatre. It was released to radio stations in February 2010, and was released digitally onto iTunes on April 6, 2010. The song was featured along with Pink's "Raise Your Glass" in the University of British Columbia's lipdub video released on April 8, 2011.

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100 24
Chart (2010) Position
Canadian Hot 100[24] 24

"Good To You" is the fifth and final single off Marianas Trench's second studio album, Masterpiece Theatre. It was released on August 10, 2010 to both iTunes and the radio.

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100 38
Chart (2011) Position
Canadian Hot 100[24] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sputnikmusic review". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b http://melodic.net/?page=review&id=10519
  3. ^ Chisling, Matthew (February 24, 2009). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Melodic review". Melodic.net. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Lost in the Sound review". Lostinthesound.com. November 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  6. ^ "Marianas Trench Biography & Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum – January 2005". Cria.ca. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  8. ^ "Six New Times Contributors Name Their Top 10 Records of 2010 – Page 5 – Music – Phoenix". Phoenix New Times. December 30, 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  9. ^ "Melodic Net – Marianas Trench – Masterpiece Theater". Melodic.net. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  10. ^ "Review: Marianas Trench – Masterpiece Theatre". Lost in the Sound. November 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  11. ^ Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music
  12. ^ a b "Masterpiece Theatre by Marianas Trench". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Masterpiece Theatre - Director's Cut (Special Edition) by Marianas Trench". iTunes Store (CA). Apple Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Masterpiece Theatre – Marianas Trench". Allmusic. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Marianas Trench – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Marianas Trench. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Marianas Trench – Masterpiece Theatre". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "Masterpiece Theatre by Marianas Trench". iTunes Store (CA). Apple Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Masterpiece Theatre - Director's Cut (Special Edition) Marianas Trench". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  19. ^ Gold & Platinum Certification for February 2010
  20. ^ Billboard Canadian Hot 100 : Feb 21, 2009 | Billboard Chart Archive
  21. ^ a b "Canadian Hot 100 Year-End 2009". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  22. ^ a b Marianas Trench - All To Myself - Music Charts
  23. ^ http://www.allaccess.com/top40-mainstream/cool-new-music
  24. ^ a b c "Charts Year End: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-05-02.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CanDec" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "CanDec" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).

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