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Cope [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2014 album from Manchester Orchestra. 'Cope, to me, means getting by. It means letting go, and being OK with being OK,' says Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull. The Atlanta band found itself at a crossroads as they approached making their fourth studio album - in between labels, uncertain of Manchester Orchestra's future for the first time since Hull started the band almost a decade ago. He was barely finished with high school back then, and now Hull and his bandmates were transitioning into the adulthoood. They'd learned a bit about letting go themselves. So Manchester Orchestra regrouped. They built a studio with their own hands, and spent month after month workshopping new tunes, writing and demoing together in a room - a process that was completely new for them. The change did them good.

1. Top Notch
2. Choose You
3. Girl Harbor
4. The Mansion
5. The Ocean
6. Every Stone
7. All That I Really Wanted
8. Trees
9. Indentions
10. See it Again
11. Cope

Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 1, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loma Vista
  • ASIN: B00I4582PI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lance Ellingford on April 1, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
Ignore the first review and rating of 3 stars. This album is exactly what Andy said it would be: "What was missing in rock today." Each new Manchester Orchestra album has been different from the last, but still vintage MO. The same applies here. The best way to cope with the differences on this album is by intelligently listening to Cope...over and over and over again.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bob on April 7, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I've been a huge fan of MO ever since "Like a Virgin Losing a Child." That being said, I'm sure my opinion of this review will be unpopular among the 5-star crowd, mostly because this isn't a 5-star album.

If you've ever visited a garage sale on its third day you will understand the lyrical degradation present in this album. It seems that the most sincere and expressive messages have already been used up in previous albums, leaving only picked over phrases and impossible-to-decipher ramblings. Occassional witty phrases such as "The invention of the ship was the invention of the shipwreck" remind you that you are listening to MO, but they are too few and far between. The song "After the Scripture," which was a part of the "Dallas Buyer's Club" soundtrack, is a significantly richer song than anything on this album.

It is clear that Andy and the band went for a an anthem rock feel for this record. The music is punchy and energetic while not losing its bluesy angst. Unfortunately, any meaning in the lyrics is hard to find. I guess eventually you have to forgive people, make right with yourself and your faith, and move on with your life. I'm hoping the next album from MO returns to the deep, heartful, and somewhat understandable lyrics of yesteryear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Berg on May 3, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I've read a few reviews of Cope. I disagree that it sounds like Nirvana or Nickleback. I agree that I'm not as committed to it as I am Mean Everything to Nothing and Simple Math. I think I like most of it more than Like a Virgin Losing a Child. And I'm still waiting on my deluxe LP version. Now that all that is out of the way.

I have listened to this album nonstop for an entire month. It is heavy for MO, but not as heavy or noisey as I expected. The lyrics of Top Notch are the album's best, most digging, most important. I have differentiated by now the songs on the album, but I agree the first listen I couldn't really find those differences. The album is short, noticeably short, and it's hard to find the reason why the band didn't include After the Scripture. I love Cope, I love Top Notch, I love Trees, and See It Again. I want to hear those songs live because that is what this album will be best known for as part of MO's modicum.

This is the band how they are live. They play loud. They rock out. I appreciate their willingness to push themselves this way, but I can't say this is even close to the quality in my mind of METN or SM. Those albums are perfect; the stories and world they create, the truths they show. I can rock out to this. It'll be great fun at a show. But when the bonus track is the only track on an album that rips my heart out, that's a pretty alarming realization.

I'm not sad about this. I'm not disappointed. I'm hopeful for what's next. I think I even saw an interview where Andy said he was already looking forward to what's next. This album feels fast-forwarded. I think the songs could've been given more room to breathe; the one song with a bridge, "See It Again," is one of its most emotional. And that's what we love about MO.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Cross on April 10, 2014
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Not nearly as 'bludgeony' as the band nor critics make it out to be. Plenty of nuance -- compare title track and resident animal "Cope" to the gentle surge of "Every Stone" -- and not a weak song in the bunch. I am always apprehensive about deluxe editions with extra songs, but the extra buck or so was worth it in this instance, as the b-side is excellent (one of my faves of the album, really) and "After the Scripture" really rounds out the experience well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noah Schmitt on May 21, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Manchester Orchestra's fourth studio album, Cope, is a record that can be most accurately described by its mission. According to frontman Andy Hull, the band “...wanted to make the kind of album that's missing at this time in rock,” by which he meant, "...something that's just brutal and pounding you over the head with every track, something unrelenting and unapologetic." And it only takes one listen through the musical bulldozer of Cope to see that the band has accomplished their mission.

This record is a departure from the trend of the band's previous releases; it's not a change in direction so much as an experiment. Their last two albums, 2009's Mean Everything To Nothing and 2011's Simple Math are characterized by catchy hooks and lush instrumentation including an orchestra and children's choir. Among fan and critic favorites from these records are tracks like I Can Feel A Hot One and Simple Math which are both the type of soft, slow, and sentimental tracks that are purposely absent from Cope.

What Cope lacks in the grand scale and sophisticated instrumentation of Simple Math it makes up for in raw, honest simplicity and directness. Each track is composed of only a handful of easily decipherable guitar chords with the occasional piano accent and none of them stray very far from the three minute mark in length. But the simplicity of this record is not to be mistaken for a lack of vision or laziness. According to Hull in a recent interview, some guitar tracks are overdubbed with up to ten other guitar tracks which were then mixed to create the monstrously booming climaxes of each track. The result is a nuanced display of simple songs that are masterfully dynamic in their range.
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