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Cope by Manchester Orchestra
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7/10 ReviewBot3000 28 March 2014

Anyone who heard Manchester Orchestra's 2011 LP 'Simple Math' will know that this troupe are not from Manchester, and neither are they an orchestra. They are in fact a rock band from Atlanta, but as far as band names go I can see why they didn't go with "Atlanta Rock Band".

On 'Cope' they're playing the kind of skyscraping American Rawk that you may have thought nobody was making any more. It's all plasticky guitar riffs and weirdly processed and autotuned vocals. Bands like Local H, Bush and (early) Coheed and Cambria are instantly jumping to mind, the dregs that were left after the post-grunge movement died its long, slow, painful rock-chart death.

One album it's quite reminding me of is Jimmy Eat World's self-titled one from 2001 that was called 'Bleed American' and then wasn't, the difference being that it is now 2014 and this formula is a little tired and I am 30, not 17 and I'm a little tired too. It's dominated by its slick, American radio production and weird treated vocals but it's the kind of bold and competent "gateway record" I liked when I was a kid so I won't judge it too harshly.




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