Daily Song Study

Copeland – No One Really Wins

In songs on December 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

Rock and roll as originally conceived was much more about roughness than beauty. However, over the years the definition has evolved, and there are many rock bands who make albums every bit as lovely as they are loud and raucous. Consider Copeland:

Given the fuzzy intro, the introduction of Aaron Marsh’s lilting vocal is a bit of a surprise. The arrangement develops its own surprises as the song develops, switching from clean to dirty on a dime. The production by Matt Goldman and Ken Andrews is gorgeous in its own right, helping to keep the aural balance in line.

This is also an example of a band that is nominally Christian bucking the constraints of the “Christian rock” box. Much like U2, the sound comes before the message, as it should in any tune wishing to make a point.

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