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Copeland: Dressed Up & in LineDressed Up & in Line (2007)
Militia Group

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Three full-lengths into the game, one supposes it's fair enough that fervent indie popsters Copeland has warranted a B-sides collection. Or do they? Like all of Copeland's past efforts, Dressed Up & in Line is a pleasant and enjoyable release of heartfelt, often piano and keyboard-guided tunes, a.


Three full-lengths into the game, one supposes it's fair enough that fervent indie popsters Copeland has warranted a B-sides collection. Or do they?

Like all of Copeland's past efforts, Dressed Up & in Line is a pleasant and enjoyable release of heartfelt, often piano and keyboard-guided tunes, assuming you can stomach sometimes overly earnest moments and lots of heart-on-sleeve wearing. Hearing the band's alternate takes on recognizable catalog songs is somewhat interesting, but considering they make up about 38% of the album, listening sometimes feels like running on a well-worn treadmill with its settings slightly adjusted.

The 'slow version' of "Thanks to You" opens Dressed Up in rather orchestral fashion, with Marsh's familiar falsetto and an accompanying string section, and while its dramatization makes it a little cheesy it's still a beautiful opener. This becomes a common thing with much of Dressed Up's alternate takes, with none particularly improving upon the originals but without necessarily falling flat on their respective faces.

The previously unreleased and B-sides songs here have been newly re-recorded by the band, giving them a uniform aesthetic sound-wise. They're hardly the band's strongest material, especially when compared to staples like "Control Freak," "No One Really Wins" and "Pin Your Wings," but sometimes they're pretty good ("That Awful Memory of Yours"), other times decent ("Chin Up," "May I Have This Dance") and once in a while fairly tired-sounding ("Thanks to You").

The band pepper the compilation with a few covers, likely outtakes from 2004's covers EP, Nothing Stays the Same. One is a fairly bang-up job: "Black Hole Sun" imagines Copeland's beauty meeting Soundgarden's grungy melancholy; it's weird but pretty effective. "Every Breath You Take" is really bizarre and drags, though. There's also an alternate version of "Black Hole Sun" tacked on as a secret song, where Marsh, or more likely someone else, sings in a horrible, intentionally off-key voice with incorrect lyrics for an entirely too long rendition of it.

Dressed Up & in Line, while a solid collections disc for Copeland, carries the kind of appeal that may only be appropriate for long-time fans. However, they're sure to flock to the wealth of material here.

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GlassPipeMurder (November 22, 2007)

this is a fuck band for me. conservative "punk" is for the birds.

Lmnndtlgrph (November 22, 2007)

oh shit! and a tranzmitors review!

god damn. what more could you want?

Lmnndtlgrph (November 22, 2007)

"if you guys need a review editor..."

um, you got reviews of two good splits featuring criminally overlooked bands that kids on this site should presumably be in love with. you got a review of the new haram album. a review of an interesting sounding compilation. and you got an ETID live review.

i mean, copeland -granted -weak as shit. plain white ts -also weak as shit. but it's at least as good as your average batch. what would you have preferred?

inagreendase (November 21, 2007)

If you guys need a review editor, I'm willing to step up to the plate.

Thanks, but the slot's been filled for a few years.

maverick (November 21, 2007)

This band is best when they turn their amps up to 11 (or at least, like, 7 or 8), and there's far too little rocking on this collection. The songs are good, but it's just too soft and inoffensive most of the time. The "Black Hole Sun" cover is solid, though.

-Scott

fattony (November 20, 2007)

I waited all day for THIS batch of reviews!? If you guys need a review editor, I'm willing to step up to the plate. For shizzle.

Holy_Balls (November 20, 2007)

Copeland is the chicken nuggets

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