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Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat

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Copeland - Eat, Sleep, Repeat
Release Date: October 31, 2006
Record Label: The Militia Group

Every so often, a band comes into the music scene and establishes an enigmatic relationship with their fans. Not in a Radiohead-esque way, but they look just a little bit deeper than everyone else and their fans grow fiercely loyal, just as the haters ruthlessly defend their feelings. Copeland is one of those bands. Three original studio albums into their career on The Militia Group, each has been an exercise in creativity, expansive songwriting, and flamboyant musical excess. Eat, Sleep, Repeat, despite its mundane title, is the pinnacle of the band’s career so far, and both sides of the scene will be coming to blows for years over this CD.

Just as their second album, In Motion, was a step toward the mainstream with edgy songs that bordered the indie rock genre on all sides, Eat, Sleep Repeat is a complete one-eighty. Aaron Marsh has guided the new album about as far from their previous work as possible, while retaining the heart-tugging, emotional songwriting we have come to expect. No longer are Copeland simply emo with a great singer. They have gone a bit experimental this time around, and it will surprise everyone.

Expect heavy distortion layered over several of the songs, interesting timings, and what seems like a full orchestra of instruments. In the title track, the callous distortion adds an ethereal feeling as Marsh dances between revelatory and accusatory tones. “You didn’t know love,” he insists. A quick change of pace (at least for Copeland), and a straightforward pop song packed with emotion called “Control Freak” hits you square in the jaw. Such is the thought given to pacing on Eat, Sleep, Repeat. Any time you feel like you might be getting bored, a more upbeat song is generally coming along soon.

Reminiscent of In Motion is “Careful Now.” It is edgy with offbeat drumming, although the song itself floats along at its own pace, stopping for no one. Similarly, “I’m A Sucker for a Kind Word” ranks among the favorites on Eat, Sleep, Repeat. Aaron Marsh’s utter devotion and frustration is something everyone can empathize with.

Although there are some gorgeous parts of this album, there are also songs leaving the listener wanting something more. “I’m Safer on an Airplane” begins capably, but the lyrics get downright repetitive; the song is saved by having a relatively short runtime. As much as we want to love “The Last Time He Saw Dorie” for the peaceful piano melody, broad instrumentals, and thought-provoking lyrics, the song seems to get lost in the shadows. That said, the female vocals provided by Anna Becker on this song and on the fantastic closer, “When You Thought You’d Never Stand Out,” are a breath of fresh air into this record.

Eat, Sleep, Repeat will be an exceptionally polarizing album. On the surface, the vocals are soaring, the musicianship nearly flawless, and the lyrics introspective. Many will quickly proclaim it their album of the year, and they would not be off base. At the same time, it is not perfect. Copeland revisits many of the same areas they have in the past, and some will tag them as a "boring band". Add that to the fact that the album isn’t something you can listen to for hours on end, and replayability might be a sticking point. However, those who want an immensely relaxing, reflective forty-two minutes to themselves cannot find a better album this year than Eat, Sleep, Repeat. Embrace what this CD brings to the table because of its uncertainties and chinks in the armor, not despite them. Only then can you truly appreciate the magic lurking in the least obvious places on this record.

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Track List01. Where’s My Head?
02. Eat, Sleep, Repeat
03. Control Freak
04. Careful Now
05. Love Affair
06. I’m Safer On An Airplane
07. By My Side
08. Cover What You Can
09. The Last Time He Saw Dorie
10. I’m A Sucker for a Kind Word
11. When You Thought You’d Never Stand Out
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This review is a user submitted review from Tony Pascarella. You can see all of Tony Pascarella's submitted reviews here.
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10:45 PM on 10/18/06
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great review, im so excited for this, copeland continues to amaze me with every new song i hear.
10:46 PM on 10/18/06
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I've never gotten really into Copeland. I have their cd's but havent given them many listens. This review will make me pick up the new one and try it out.
10:47 PM on 10/18/06
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good review dude, i havent really listened to copeland before, i'll check them out
10:48 PM on 10/18/06
Tony Pascarella
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I've never gotten really into Copeland. I have their cd's but havent given them many listens. This review will make me pick up the new one and try it out.
Buy it and give it time; it comes off pretty weird initially. I would have given it a 75 or so upon first listen.
10:48 PM on 10/18/06
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great review for a great album
10:50 PM on 10/18/06
Blake Solomon
every outcome's such a comedown
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i got this weeks ago and only listened twice it didnt do much for me. oh well, i wish it would have.

ps. i used the word ethereal in a review i wrote this week, too.
10:55 PM on 10/18/06
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i missed the album preview at spin.com so I haven't heard the whole thing, but I really like what I have heard and I am looking forward to it. I'm gonna feel a bit weird going into the store in a couple of weeks and coming out with a deftones and a copeland album, but they will somehow be 2 of my top albums of the year, I'm sure.

p.s. if you like copeland, check out Fly Upright Kite from Boston, very similar band, especially vocally.
10:56 PM on 10/18/06
likes his chicken spicy
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words couldn't begin to describe how much i love this album.
10:58 PM on 10/18/06
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In Motion was outstanding and I haven't listened to Beneath Medicine Tree all the way through yet, but yeah....this album is really good.
10:58 PM on 10/18/06
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Great review.. You are good with words.
10:59 PM on 10/18/06
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well written review. such a beautiful album
11:02 PM on 10/18/06
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this cd has been playing in my car nonstop for the past couple weeks, so the playing/replaying value is pretty good.
02:26 AM on 10/19/06
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Yay. A must buy.
03:18 AM on 10/19/06
Steve Henderson
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Very well-written, Tony...this was a tough album to review, and you nailed it.

Personally, this is my favorite album this year. I agree that I was let down on first listen, but if you sit in front of a nice pair of speakers or close your eyes while listening on some top-notch headphones, you can hear how awesome the attention to detail is, and just how beautiful the entire record is.

The one other thing I might have mentioned here is the apparent Radiohead influence on the opening track and "Careful Now."

Oh, and I love "Safer on an Airplane" - kind of disagree with you on that one, but no biggie. :)

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