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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loma Vista/Republic
  • ASIN: B00I45843S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Skylar's Got Sauce
What Cope lacks in the grand scale and sophisticated instrumentation of Simple Math it makes up for in raw, honest simplicity and directness.
Noah Schmitt
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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lance Ellingford on 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 By bob on April 7, 2014
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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
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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 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 Danielle McGee on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Porter on 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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