Copeland was the first band that I grew to love. I started listening to them when I was in a time in my life when I was content with everything and I was happy. Listening to Copeland always brings me back to those times and Iím sure that they always will. Every song wrote by Copeland is beautiful and full of emotion. Some of their songs are slow and some of the songs are fast, giving you a variety when you decide to pop in an album by Copeland. To me, Beneath Medicine Tree
is the best that Copeland has to offer. There is a large variety within this album but all songs tend to contain images of hospitals and everything that is contained in them. This album was made during a time when the band was going through some hard times but they got out of it and in turn, made a wonderful album.
The album starts with the song titled Brightest
. It starts with just a piano and Aaron Marshís voice. The melody is written beautifully and Aaronís voice goes well with the piano and eventually a guitar comes into the mix. Itís a nice start to the album, even though there isnít really anything special about it. There actually isnít really anything special about Copeland. They donít reinvent anything, they just write everything out wonderful and they make nice, relaxing music.
The first of Copelandís amazing, classic songs come at track three. This track is titled Priceless
and is one of Copelandís ďcute songsĒ, chances are youíve probably heard this song on a burnt CD from someone given to someone that they care about. Priceless
is a wonderfully wrote love song everything about it is priceless, like the name suggests.
is one of Copelandís epic songs. The song lasts around five and a half minutes and every bit of it is amazing. The beginning of the song is acoustic with a track overlaying that. Everything starts out pretty slow. The lyrics are written about how he misses someone that moved to California. Everything starts out really slow with softly sung vocals. Around a third of the way into the song Aaron is helped with backup vocals and it gives the song an even greater feel. Near the end the drums and the electric guitar come in making the song ďtheĒ epic song on the record, excluding When Finally Set Free
She Changes Your Mind
and There Cannot Be A Close Second
come in after California. Youíd think that it would be hard to back up a song like California
but Copeland managed to do it. She Changes Your Mind
and There Cannot Be A Close Second
could easily be compared to Priceless
, a song that appeared earlier in the album. Everything is wonderfully wrote and the lyrics are just amazing and chances are, if youíve heard these songs, it was probably from a burnt CD that someone gave to someone else.
When Finally Set Free
ends the whole albumÖ and it just ends wonderfully. If you are familiar with underOATH
ís Theyíre Only Chasing Safety
, then youíll probably think that this song sounds a lot like Theyíre Only Chasing Safety
ís closing song titled Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape
. The reason is because they were both wrote by Aaron of Copeland. The song starts off with a synth feel and a drum machine in the back. The vocals donít come in until around one and half minutes into the song. The lyrics are very simple but they hit very well and the vocals go along perfectly with the synth. An amazing way to end the album.
Copeland does have many tracks on this album that are wonderful, however there are songs that I just canít get into and they seem to pull the album down a little. They arenít horrible
, they just donít show Copeland at their fully potential.
is one of the song that I just couldnít get into. It starts out very slow and just seems to not go anywhere throughout the whole song. It also tends to get very boring and repetitive. The next track is another one that isnít too great. Walking Downtown
, while being better than Coffee, isnít really anything to get too excited about. There are many parts in this song that are great but it just doesnít seem to stick around and the song falls victim to the repetitiveness of the chorus.
I know that in this review there are some songs that I didnít mention. They are the ďaverageĒ songs of the album and they arenít that great but also, they arenít bad. If you want to get a song that shows what Copeland is all about, I would suggest California
. When Finally Set Free
is an amazing song but itís a ďone of a kindĒ song on the album as the others arenít loaded with that much synth.
I took a completly different writing approach with this review. Depending on the feedback of the two, is the format that I will stick with.