Volume 91, Issue 47
Thursday, November 20, 1997
stars and strife
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Copyright is a new band from Vancouver receiving significant air play in Toronto. The group's new CD,Lovestory, has the makings of a hit debut album if it is given a chance. On first hearing, it is unimpressive, but after a few listens, Lovestory proves it worth.
The title track, "Lovestory," is a fun love song. Its sound is reminiscent of the Housemartins, while its lyrical style is reminiscent of Pulp. Quite an attractive mix.
Youth and passing time are common themes throughout the CD, but listful memories and pessimism about the future are not forced upon the audience. Rather, in songs such as "The Flesh is Weak," pessimism is revealed through cheerful melodic catchy tunes. Singer Tom Anselmi sings quite merrily about how "life brings death." The same tactic is employed in other songs including "Seven," in which the cheerful singer describes the seven deadly sins as comparable to "seven sisters smoking marijuana mexicana." Cool lyrics abound on this album.
Copyright is a fairly innovative band. They manage to incorporate cellos and violas into their music and write all their own lyrics. The lead singer even created and produced the funky album cover collage. This band does have huge potential and though they wouldn't be a hot live show, a cold beer could be enjoyed at a bar while they played in the background.
Perhaps that is why one cannot absolutely love this album. Copyright is best as background music. The band doesn't really excite or impress, but they do not repulse either. A good number of songs groove, but not the album as a whole.
Coors, like most beers from the States, leaves a rather watery taste in your mouth making you wish you'd picked something else something Canadian, perhaps?
One reaches the conclusion that Colony is comparable to Coors just another typical American band with four guys, a few lyrics and big dreams. Formed in Columbia, Missouri in 1994, Colony first appeared on the music scene with GO in 1995 which gained them a regional following. Siren attempts to follow up on that success with songs ranging from upbeat celebrations such as "Breathe" and "One Morning," to mellow ballads like "All My Heart." Words of love mixed in with mentions of landscapes and the ocean, snatch your interest for a brief while, until the monotony of the CD takes over. Although the album consists of 12 individual songs, it seems like one because all the lyrics and beats tumble together.
Listeners may be looking for some mellow background music to help with studying. In that case, grab a copy of Siren at the nearest music store. But back to reality. Why buy the drink without the twist, when there are so many better mixes out there on the rocks!
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