Review: Copper Sails – Hiding Place

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Label: self-released

Released: January 13, 2009

Copper Sails seems like one of those bands that could be poised for the big time. I mean, this thing they’re doing worked for Coldplay, didn’t it? Hiding Place is carefully thought out, constructed and performed. They steal form all the right indie and alt bands on both sides of the Atlantic. The melodies are catchy and the smooth vocals (and Thom Yorke-y falsetto) float on top of just the right mix of jangles, angles and crunch for those who enjoy the least common denominator served up over easy. At times, “Sleeping Giant” for instance, it’s almost like an indie rock take on AOR. The problem here is that Copper Sails have been too careful. They never throw caution to the wind. They never cut loose. As a result, Hiding Place is safe and light, pleasant, but placid.

Satriani: 7/10
Zappa: 5/10
Dylan: 5/10
Aretha: 4/10
Overall: 5/10



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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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