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How Does It Feel


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MS MR's second album, How Does It Feel, kick-starts with no preamble with the jumpy and escalating "Painted." This signals the extreme highs and lows of the duo's follow-up to 2013's well-received debut, Secondhand Rapture. From the energetic start to the tough power ballad, "Wrong Victory" and the booming, militant love song, "Leave Me Alone," then back up to the obvious hooks of the title track and the crafted synthetics and big sound of "Reckless," How Does It Feel has spikes in both tempo and quality.

MS MR's dynamo vocalist Lizzy Plapinger (also the co-founder of the trendsetting Neon Gold record label) and mastermind Max Hershenow are unabashedly pop, with their songs under the requisite three-and-a-half minutes. These come with a solid dose of danceability, making their compositions easy to likeboth those of the subtle and blatant variety. Disappointingly, How Does It Feel has a good dose of the latter. (

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