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“Cope, to me, means getting by. It means letting go, and being OK with being OK,” says
Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull. “You can cope in a positive way when bad things happen or
a negative way, and that blend was a big lyrical theme for me on this album.” The Atlanta band
found itself at a crossroads as they approached making their fourth studio ... Read more in Amazon's Manchester Orchestra Store

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  • Vinyl (April 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loma Vista/Republic
  • ASIN: B00I4582PI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Cope without MO April 1, 2014
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Lyrically the worst yet. April 7, 2014
By bob
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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to MO's body of work 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed May 2, 2014
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I'm not a diehard fan of manchester orchestra, but I do enjoy listening to them enough to purchase their music. I was kind of let down with this album. All of the songs kind of sound the same, and it's not bad, but it's just not good enough compared to their other albums. Usually there will be at least one song that really resonates with me, but not on this album. It's one of those albums that you can play while driving, forget it's on, and then suddenly realize you're on song 5. It's not attention grabbing. All the songs just blend together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but disappointing for MO. April 27, 2014
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I must first say I'm a big MO fan, and this album isn't as bad as some are making out, but I did find it rather disappointing.

Previous albums, including those released under Bad Books and RAGC, are more vocal driven with plenty of fantastic guitars to back them up or lead them on and make it something special. This, on the other hand, is a heavy guitar driven affair with some good vocals and lyrics lurking in the background. In many cases the lyrics can be hard to discern and make out due to the almost wall-of-sound approach. Others have complained about the weak lyrics but I don't really find that to be the case...they're just harder to get to and less important to the intent/design of the songs.

As I noted in the title, its not a bad album, but it is disappointing from MO. Some catchy tracks... Top Notch springs to mind.
I guess there are flavors in here of Nirvana meets Nickelback, with Andy Hull's unique tones often struggling to be heard. Perhaps better described as an album full of 'Pride' or 'In My Teeth' type tracks with the guitar taking center stage over the vocals. Not sure if it was a conscious mixing decision, a change of direction in an attempt to catch a different market, or perhaps just an evolution in their sound which - quite frankly - I hope they back away from going forward.

Enjoy it for what it is, but I personally hope they make a return to form sooner rather than later.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
can really tell Andy and the gang produced this one-it's great
Published 1 month ago by Christy Thornsley
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is fantastic! Manchester shows real, raw energy in every...
This album truly got me into Manchester... and I'm so happy it did. This band has a lot of range with great melodies, solid lyrics, and great guitars. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dddavinnn
5.0 out of 5 stars What Was Missing, Is Found!
One word. Finally! As someone who lived the Nirvana revolution in real time I can't tell you how good it feels to once again make an ass out of myself at a stop light because MOs,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C Ashley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A really fantastic album by a really fantastic band. Absolutely worth buying.
Published 3 months ago by Rachel
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible vinyl mix
The album is fine. I can't say whether or not you'd enjoy the music.

But the vinyl is one of the worst sounding in my massive collection. It's noisy, distorted, muddy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Manchester Orchestra – Cope: The Unapologetic Record Missing From...
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 “... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Noah Schmitt
4.0 out of 5 stars yay
A new level for the band which is constantly evolving. It was awesome to see them play some of the songs from this album live.
Published 5 months ago by ROBERT T SNOW
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I wouldn't say that this album is my favorite from them, that being said it is still an amazing record and a good buy. "Every Stone" =best track
Published 5 months ago by anthony montoya
2.0 out of 5 stars I want to like this but
Powerfull....but too churchy for my liking. For all those who like Christian overtones in their music...youll really dig this album.
Published 5 months ago by Jtams
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good but no stand out replays for me
I discovered and overplayed Manchester Orchestra just last year quite a bit, so I was really excited for some new songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen M. Rakoczy
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