You Are My Sunshine

October 14, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Label: Tooth & Nail (TNN)
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Tooth & Nail Records
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  • Total Length: 48:07
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  • ASIN: B001I3TUEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,240 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Everything is perfectly crafted.
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Give it a chance, and listen to it a few times and it will grow on you.
Brett Connolly
One of the best albums of the year.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HuskerDog on October 14, 2008
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...and a lyrical one, too. Vocalist Aaron Marsh, a creative genius, has outdone himself with 'You Are My Sunshine', the latest offering from alt/indie/emo band Copeland.

This is also perhaps the best production, recording, and engineering job on a record I have ever heard. You need a set of high quality stereo headphones to fully appreciate how good it is.

This could easily do double-duty as a relaxation CD, with each song flowing seamlessly into the next. If you need to mellow out, put those headphones on and let yourself soak in the lush, peaceful atmosphere it creates. Many of the songs are centered around an electric piano of some sort, but almost every sound and instrument imaginable are used, from traditional guitars and fat-sounding drumkits, to real and electronic strings, horns, clarinets, flutes, synthesizers and drum machines...topped off by Aaron's amazing ethereal vocals...the vocal doubling and harmonies are so tight they sound electronically generated or altered (and may be).

Although this is not a work filled with catchy, upbeat pop songs, the album starts out strong with 'Should You Return', a well-crafted melodic tune with what sounds like a dozen voices singing in unison...it sets the stage well for what's to come, and nothing here disappoints. In fact, every song has a beautiful melody...and incredible lyrics. The lyrics on 'Chin Up' will really strike you..."Everybody knows that you'd break your neck to keep your chin up"...I still can't get that out of my head.

The tempo remains pretty much even keel throughout, although 'What Do I Know?' amps things up a bit. The music generally has a "chill'n" effect, and lyrically you'll actually find a lot of positive, uplifting messages and thoughts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By radxbandit on November 17, 2008
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This album is fantastic, and is my album of the year. Aaron's voice has never been stronger, and his melodies more beautiful. The instrumentation adopts a minimalist approach that suits the vibe of the album. This is a perfect example of how simple instrumentation can be utilized in a way that is genius in its own right. My favorite track is one of the lighter numbers, "The Day I lost My Voice," which also happens to feature a lovely female vocalist - one of the many surprises on the album. If you enjoy the mellow vibe of Copeland's last release "Eat, Sleep, Repeat," beautiful melodies, and interesting sonic textures, then I would recommend checking out "You Are My Sunshine."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DJ Osoro on October 18, 2008
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Beautiful. I would need to write a book to fully review. This effort transcends mere words. Buy it if you're ready to see again and to be changed...for the good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Elliott on September 3, 2010
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NPR's All Songs Considered recently asked it's followers to tell them which songs topped their iTunes music most played list. I was surprised to find out that the cd I have listened to most since initiating my iTunes account is Copleand's "You Are My Sunshine." I have been asking myself how that happened. It isn't the first cd that comes to mind when I consider my favorite music of all time. But as I have thought about its preeminence on my list, I have realized how much I just really love this cd. I know there are some longtime fans who were dismayed at the shift in sound, but it is this recording that drew me to their sound in the first place. In fact, now that I own all of their past recordings, I can say that I like them in descending order, starting back from this one. Their sound certainly matured and mellowed with age, but the fact is that You Are My Sunshine is simply a gorgeous recording. I discovered it at a turbulent time in my life -my 18 year old daughter had just been killed by a drunk driver - and this cd helped me to find some peace. There was a time when You Are My Sunshine felt like it was my only sunshine. I was drawn to it in the first place because of the title - I used to sing You Are My Sunshine to my children every night when I put them to bed (the song - You Are My Sunshine does not appear on the cd, but it is available on The Grey Man E.P.)
I'm a literature guy, so I usually have to respond to the lyrics first to really get into a band. There are a few notable exceptions to this rule: the Cocteau Twins, Sigur Ros...There's nothing wrong with the lyrics of this recording, but, to be honest, I fell in love with the sweet and vulnerable sound of it and have only learned to appreciate the lyrics with repeated listenings. You Are My Sunshine will not appeal to headbangers, I'm sure. But for those of us looking for a little peace and beauty in our lives, You Are My Sunshine is perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett Connolly on October 17, 2008
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This album is absolutely amazing! Of course, anyone that is more favorable towards old copeland might dislike this, but if you liked "Eat, Sleep and Repeat" then this album is sort of the next stage of their more melodic, ambient, and emotional sound.

It's impossible not to notice the vast amount of care and time spent producing this album. A lot of little things give this album such a deep and emotional feel, from the vast variety of instruments to the use of synth and beat machines. It's one of those albums that sounds different from everything out there, although it's hard to point out exactly why... it just touches you deeper then most music normally does.

Give it a chance, and listen to it a few times and it will grow on you. Again, don't expect to really dance around to this album, like with "In Motion", but take it in as a purely solemn and honest reflection of this bands passion for music and the next big step in this genre of music.
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