Secondhand Rapture

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Secondhand Rapture
MS MR Secondhand Rapture.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 10, 2013 (2013-05-10)
Recorded2011–12
GenreIndie pop, alternative rock
Length42:06
LabelColumbia Records, Creep City Records
ProducerLizzy Plapinger, Max Hershenow, Tom Elmhirst
MS MR chronology
Candy Bar Creep Show
(2012)
Secondhand Rapture
(2013)
How Does It Feel
(2015)
Singles from Secondhand Rapture
  1. "Hurricane"
    Released: June 10, 2012
  2. "Fantasy"
    Released: March 8, 2013
  3. "Think of You"
    Released: August 5, 2013
  4. "Fantasy" / "Dance Yrself Clean"
    Released: November 7, 2013

Secondhand Rapture is the debut studio album by American duo MS MR, released on May 14, 2013 by Columbia Records. The album was written and produced by MS MR with additional production and mixing done by Tom Elmhirst. The album features the singles "Hurricane", "Fantasy" and "Think of You". Secondhand Rapture peaked at No. 116 on the Billboard 200 and sold 3,500 copies during its first week.[1]

Singles[edit]

  • "Hurricane" was released as the first European single. The song was popular in Germany and made it to No. 38 on that country's singles charts. In April 2013, "Hurricane" was rereleased as the second international single from the album.
  • "Fantasy" was released as the official lead single from the album. The music video was released on February 4, 2013. The single reached No. 77 in Australia's ARIA Charts.
  • "Think of You" was released as the third single. The music video was released on February 4, 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.4/10[2]
Metacritic60/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[5]
Filter83%[6]
The Independent3/5 stars[7]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork6.0/10[9]
PopMatters5/10[10]
Q3/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[12]
Under the Radar6/10[13]

Secondhand Rapture garnered mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 60, based on 15 reviews.[3]

Laurence Green, writing for MusicOMH, praised the album's warm production, melodies and consistency, declaring, "For all its rich fashionable stylings, Second Rapture is a pop album to its very core and wears the tag with pride".[8] AllMusic's Heather Phares said, "MS MR concentrate on a sullen yet sultry mood for the bulk of Secondhand Rapture, and while that delivers several notable tracks -- "Fantasy" and "Head Is Not My Home" chief among them—at times it's almost too much. Still, the album's strongest tracks show that the duo has plenty of talent and potential". "[4] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine praised the album, noting that "MS MR's knack for durable hooks, in fact, is what keeps the album's gloomy goth-pop anchored".[12]

Pitchfork contributor Laura Snapes described the band's sound as "brooding, rhythmically strong pop songs that fall halfway between the poutiness of Lana Del Rey and the hyperactive fizz of Haim", but criticized their "obsessively curated" strategy", inconsistent lyrical approach and deviations from their sonic template of "deep, thunderous rumblings, celestial twinkling, foggy shrouds, and the sweet clarity of a pastel dawn".[9] Sasha Geffen of Consequence of Sound commended Plapinger's nuanced lyrical delivery and Hershenow's "rich orchestral palette", concluding that "Secondhand Rapture blurs the line between throwing up our hands in defeat and throwing them up in joy".[5]

In popular culture[edit]

"Bones" was used in a promotional trailer for the third season of Game of Thrones in early 2013,[14] and in the "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted" episode of Pretty Little Liars, which aired February 12, 2013.[15] "Hurricane" was featured in the 2018 film Extinction.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by MS MR, additional production by Tom Elmhirst.

No.TitleLength
1."Hurricane"3:46
2."Bones"4:15
3."Ash Tree Lane"3:13
4."Fantasy"3:28
5."Dark Doo Wop"2:53
6."Head Is Not My Home"3:33
7."Salty Sweet"3:12
8."Think of You"3:26
9."Twenty Seven"3:39
10."BTSK"3:27
11."No Trace"3:16
12."This Isn't Control"3:58
Total length:42:06

Personnel[edit]

MS MR
  • Lizzy Plapinger (MS)
  • Max Hershenow (MR)
Additional personnel
  • MS MR – art direction, design
  • Anita Marisa Boriboon – art direction, design
  • Tyler Kohloff – photography
  • Lana Lackey – styling
  • Laura Stiassini – hair and make-up
  • Carmen Maria Traud – illustration

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 126
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 36
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 51
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 65
US Billboard 200[23] 116
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[24] 24
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[25] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[26] 35

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format(s) Name
Germany May 10, 2013 Columbia, Sony Music CD, digital download, vinyl Secondhand Rapture
France digital download
United Kingdom
France May 13, 2013 CD
United Kingdom CD, vinyl
Worldwide May 14, 2013 CD, digital download, vinyl
April 8, 2014 digital download Secondhand^2: The Remix EP

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Secondhand Rapture by MS MR reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Secondhand Rapture by MS MR". Metacritic. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Secondhand Rapture – MS MR". AllMusic. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Geffen, Sasha (May 20, 2013). "Album Review: MS MR – Secondhand Rapture". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on June 13, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Studarus, Laura (May 14, 2013). "MS MR: Secondhand Rapture – Columbia". Filter. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Montgomery, Hugh (May 11, 2013). "Album: Ms/Mr, Secondhand Rapture (RCA)". The Independent. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Green, Laurence (May 13, 2013). "MS MR – Secondhand Rapture". MusicOMH. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Snapes, Laura (May 22, 2013). "MS MR: Secondhand Rapture". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  10. ^ James, Matt (May 13, 2013). "MS MR: Secondhand Rapture". PopMatters. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "MS MR: Secondhand Rapture". Q (323): 103. June 2013.
  12. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (May 10, 2013). "MS MR: Secondhand Rapture". Slant Magazine. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  13. ^ McGuane, Kenny S. (June 20, 2013). "MS MR: Secondhand Rapture (Columbia)". Under the Radar. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  14. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/1561463/ms-mr-talks-secondhand-rapture-their-favorite-game-of-thrones
  15. ^ http://ew.com/article/2013/02/16/tv-jukebox-feb-16-2013/
  16. ^ Extinction (2018), retrieved November 18, 2018
  17. ^ iTunes: Second^2: The Remix EP https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/secondhand-2-the-remixes-ep/id849942299
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  20. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – MS MR – Secondhand Rapture". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  22. ^ "MS MR | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  23. ^ "MS MR - Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  24. ^ "MS MR - Chart history: Top Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  25. ^ "MS MR - Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  26. ^ "MS MR - Chart history: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2013.