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Album Review

Double platinum, three weeks at number one, three hit singles, one of which went gold: OpShop's second album made the Auckland quartet one of the biggest acts in New Zealand. Overall, Second Hand Planet is entirely deserving of its success: it's an unabashedly mainstream modern alt-pop disc, but done with such craft and skill that it doesn't seem like a naked bid for the charts. Sonic comparisons to the likes of Snow Patrol and Coldplay are perhaps inevitable, and the effects-laden guitar line and semi-tribal drums that underpin "Noah" are pure U2 circa The Unforgettable Fire, but the often offputting overdramatic earnestness of those bands is rarely in evidence here. "One Thing Worth Preserving" veers into that brand of "I'm singing well above my voice's natural range so I sound all impassioned 'n' stuff" rock, and it's by some distance the worst song on the album. On the surface, songs like the urgent, Arcade Fire-like opener "Big Energy in Little Places" and "Helpless" aren't that different from that weak point, but there singer Jason Kerrison wisely dials back on the overemotive singing that plagues so many similar bands. But it's on the ballads that Second Hand Planet is most effective, particularly the quietly tense hit single "Waiting Now" and the gentle lullaby "One Day" that closes the album. One of 2007's most appealing albums in its style, Second Hand Planet easily outclasses the similar likes of Elbow or Muse, and OpShop deserve greater exposure in the northern hemisphere, despite the frankly terrible band name.

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Have a listen to song number one. I think iTunes got it wrong cause it sounds like, "Big Energy In Little SPACES" and not Places. Have a listen and vote positive if you agree!


I shall just clear this up and say that this album is great. Melodies really well constructed, but not overdone (so you arn't cringing after a few listens), and there are some obvious influences of U2, onerepublic, Snow Patrol...Clear highlight is "One Day", a clear and relaxed song which doesn't dwell on the fantastic chorus's, and is very easy to listen to. What is very disappointing about these guys is the clear lack of publicity they get. On my recent trip to NZ, one of the things that is very obvious is how far behind the country is on the music scope. The so called digital revolution is just not there (no iTunes music store, or any other online shop for that matter). In fact the only way you could get your hands on this album is in CD shops, where each CD is a minimum of $30. This CD was $34. These guys have great music, and yet they are relatively unheard of out of NZ- they only had 840 fans on Facebook yet they win one of the major awards in NZ music! So get their music, spread the word, because these guys are something special.




Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Opshop emerged as one of the most popular New Zealand rock acts of its generation with its breakthrough 2004 single "No Ordinary Thing." So named for the Kiwi moniker for thrift stores, the group formed in Auckland in 2002: frontman Jason Kerrison was playing a solo residency in a downtown backpackers' bar when he invited longtime friend Tim Skedden to sit in on guitar, and another mutual friend, drummer Bobby Kennedy, soon signed on to play drums. Guitarist Matt Treacy and bassist Ian Munro completed...
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