The (A)DAR – Love Story by Copyright

R-2989128-1310636285.jpegAll right, so the first three reviews in this series were of albums I’ve come to know pretty well over the years. But part of why this project exists is to force me into exploring some of the music that has made it into my collection, but hasn’t spent a lot of time filtering into my ears. Copyright’s 1996 album Love Story certainly fits that bill. Hell, I didn’t even realize this band was Canadian before I started Googling info for this review.

I do actually remember buying this album, which is kind of surprising. About 15 years ago, I was working out of town, and near my hotel, a record store was shutting its doors and clearing out stock. Love Story was one of an armload of CD’s I’d never heard of that I picked up for 99 cents a pop. The disc came home with me, but never made it into my CD player. When I embarked on the task of digitizing all my music, it got converted to MP3, and went back on the shelf. Every once in a while, a randomized playlist would through a Copyright tune my way, but the album itself remained unplayed, fragmented by my media player’s algorithms.

Now that I’ve listened to this album a few times I can emphatically call it… okay… I guess. About what you’d expect from a relatively unknown act releasing an album at a time when the “alternative music” designation had come to mean a certain type of watered-down guitar-heavy pop music. The opening track, “Transfiguration,” has a distinct early-Madchester flavour, as do the songs “Overexposed” and the title track, “Love Story.” The only truly weak track on this album is the hard-driving rock tune “Omnicide,” made worse by a children’s choir joining in for the final chorus.

Stone Roses, Lightning Seeds, Inspiral Carpets have all left footprints on Copyright’s style. The thing is, all those bands do it so much better. Love Story is a listenable album, even enjoyable at times, but doesn’t really leave much of a lasting emotional impact on me. Perfectly acceptable for random playlist filler, though.

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