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Copeland

Eat, Sleep, Repeat

(The Militia Group; US: 31 Oct 2006; UK: 6 Nov 2006)

Review [11.Feb.2007]

Which “Co” do you like better: Coldplay or Copeland?  You’ll probably say the former, ‘cos you may not have heard of the latter, even though they’re not half-bad.  Though Copeland really sounds more like Keane (despite the fact that they’ve been around longer), the band still manages to pull a few interesting tricks in an otherwise generic follow-up to their acclaimed debut.  Lead singer Aaron Marsh doesn’t really stand very strong as a vocalist, but when he writes songs as the moving electro-ballad “I’m Safer in an Airplane”, it’s really hard to call foul.  The mystical and incredible opener “Where’s My Head” (which copies Brit-band South’s melodramatic template brilliantly) finds emotion in imagery as simple as wanting chocolate for a late-night snack.  “Love Affair”, the title track, and the wispy orchestrations of “When You Thought You’d Never Stand Out” are all fine, but the rest of the ballad-heavy album sounds like the fictional band from the Tom Hanks’ movie That Thing You Do!, except under heavy sedation.  Copeland remains a step ahead of their contemporaries, but only a step.  They’ve got a lot of growing still left to do—but as is, they’re sitting pretty good.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on RevotTV's "Revolt Live!" as well as WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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