Masterpiece Theatre

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Many casual listeners who only know Marianas Trench from their hit single "Cross My Heart" may chalk them up as simply another Fall Out Boy knockoff hoping to steal an ounce of success from the international smash band. Of course, those comparisons may be justified, seeing as how Marianas Trench's lead single flows in the same veins as Fall Out Boy's monstrous singles, bursting with punk-pop and catchy lyrics in accompaniment. However, those who don't take a look at the band's other music are truly missing out on the magic that the band has constructed on their second album, Masterpiece Theater. The group has truly created an excellent concept album, experimenting with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Many casual listeners who only know Marianas Trench from their hit single "Cross My Heart" may chalk them up as simply another Fall Out Boy knockoff hoping to steal an ounce of success from the international smash band. Of course, those comparisons may be justified, seeing as how Marianas Trench's lead single flows in the same veins as Fall Out Boy's monstrous singles, bursting with punk-pop and catchy lyrics in accompaniment. However, those who don't take a look at the band's other music are truly missing out on the magic that the band has constructed on their second album, Masterpiece Theater. The group has truly created an excellent concept album, experimenting with a nice variety of musical mediums that complements the bands sound quite well. From the Queen-reminiscent album opener "Masterpiece Theater, Pt. 1," the band never fails to break out of the box that has been sealed so tightly by a handful of third-rate pop-punk bands. The triple dose of "Masterpiece Theater" tracks, parts one, two, and three, are welcome songs that sound like the Broadway rendition of the perfectly crafted emo-pop tune. Sometimes the experimenting seems a bit off, like with the sampled Lion King-esque vocals on the impassioned "Beside You." They're a little laughable at first, but a second or third complete listen of the song reveals the simple stroke of genius that makes the track a thousand times better than the rest of the music that plagues radio waves today. "Sing Sing" borrows beats from the Beat generation to find a rocking sound that's bound to be played in cars and bedrooms for years to come. That's not to say the whole album is brilliantly unique; there are several tracks that fit the pop mold perfectly, such as "Acadia" and "Celebrity Status," but they don't feel like sellouts; rather, they are nice, mainstream complements that stop the album from feeling too erratic. The album could do without "Good to You," the album's love duet featuring the always impressive Kate Voegele Voegele could do better with the song if she covered it herself, but the band, especially its lead vocalist Josh Ramsay, seems to be overpowering her. However, tracks like "Perfect" show that even the album's more traditional tracks are still excellent; "Perfect" is the sort of anthem that fans will be cheering at this group's next tour. Ultimately, Masterpiece Theater is a stellar release from a band in a genre with so much consistency and mediocrity; this album truly stands out from the pack by bringing something truly different and exciting to the table that's bound to earn them plenty of fans and plenty of success.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: 604 Records
  • UPC: 825396015427
  • Catalog Number: 6040
  • Sales rank: 25,631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Masterpiece Theatre I (4:59)
  2. 2 All To Myself (3:10)
  3. 3 Cross My Heart (3:10)
  4. 4 Beside You (3:38)
  5. 5 Acadia (3:18)
  6. 6 Masterpiece Theatre II (3:31)
  7. 7 Sing Sing (3:15)
  8. 8 Good To You - Jessica Lee (3:04)
  9. 9 Celebrity Status (3:05)
  10. 10 Perfect (3:03)
  11. 11 Lover Dearest (4:03)
  12. 12 Masterpiece Theatre III (6:43)
  13. 13 Cross My Heart (3:28)
  14. 14 Good To You (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marianas Trench Primary Artist
Steve Marshall Vocals, Guest Appearance
John Stamos Guest Appearance
Matt Webb Guitar, Piano, Trombone, Vocals, Group Member
Kate Voegele Vocals
Josh Ramsay Guitar, Piano, Drums, Flugelhorn, Vocals, Group Member
Ian Casselman Drums, Sousaphone, Group Member
Joshua Belvedere Viola, Guest Appearance
Gillian Mott Violin, Guest Appearance
Doug Gorkoff Cello, Guest Appearance
Elyse Jacobson Violin, Guest Appearance
Shane Wilson Drums
Jessica Lee Vocals
Corlynn Ramsay Vocals, Guest Appearance
Miles Ramsay Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mike Ayley Bass, Trumpet, Vocals, Group Member
Sara Ramsay Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rick Killburn Standup Bass, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Dave Ogilvie Producer
Raine Maida Producer, Engineer
Greig Nori Producer, Engineer
Dean Maher Drum Engineering, Piano Engineer
Scott Ternan Guitar Engineer, Bass Engineer, Drum Engineering, Piano Engineer
Dave Genn Producer, Engineer
Shawn Smith Composer
Mark Maryanovich Cover Art
Josh Ramsay Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Guitar Engineer, Bass Engineer
Ian Casselman Whistle
Miles Ramsay String Arrangements
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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    Wicked Awesome CD!

    If you're a fan of good music, this CD (along with their other one) is for you. I've been waiting a while to get these CDs and it was well worth the wait. Check it out (and the prices are perfect!)!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A MUST!

    I have been waiting for this CD to be available in the US for months now! There is not one song on this album that is not enjoyable. Lead singer Josh Ramay has one of the best god given voices I have heard in a long time. I promise, once you listen to it once you'll be obsessed. At least I know I was!

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