Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Review: Copper Sails - Hiding Place

Label: self-released

Released: January 13, 2009

Copper Sails seems like one of those bands that could be poised for the big time. I mean, this thing they're doing worked for Coldplay, didn't it? Hiding Place is carefully thought out, constructed and performed. They steal form all the right indie and alt bands on both sides of the Atlantic. The melodies are catchy and the smooth vocals (and Thom Yorke-y falsetto) float on top of just the right mix of jangles, angles and crunch for those who enjoy the least common denominator served up over easy. At times, "Sleeping Giant" for instance, it's almost like an indie rock take on AOR. The problem here is that Copper Sails have been too careful. They never throw caution to the wind. They never cut loose. As a result, Hiding Place is safe and light, pleasant, but placid.

Satriani: 7/10
Zappa: 5/10
Dylan: 5/10
Aretha: 4/10
Overall: 5/10



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Blogger taotechuck said...

I hate reviewing records like this. There's nothing wrong with them, per se, but there's nothing right about them either.

Makes me think you need another category in your rating scale for individuality. A way to say, "Hey, this album might be derivative, but it's got something unique."

Marilyn Manson strikes me as a perfect example of an artist who is completely derivative and not at all innovative, but has such a strong individuality that his music is almost immediately recognizable. I don't like Manson, but he'd score high on my individuality scale.

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