Music Review: Mark Copely



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Mark Copely


Limited Lifetime Guarantee


[RCA]

On his album, Limited Lifetime Guarantee singer-songwriter Marc Copely sings that he's "listening for a new found frequency," (from Magic Box.) Ironically, such a "newfound frequency" seems to be what's lacking in Copely's debut album. Although Copely demonstrates his skill as both an accomplished guitarist and vocalist, the album lacks a definitive sound and is plagued by empty lyrics.

Throughout the album, Copely seems to be trying on mismatched musical hats. Despite the fact that for the most part Copely exudes the sounds of a mainstream alternative rocker, he ventures into the territory of pop, mellow rock, and emo/punk. Copely evokes everything from Everclear-like harmony to vocals reminiscent of Jimmy Eat World, (oddly enough, at times Copely even sounds like Chris Isaak.) Yet, Copely fails to transcend any of these similarities to produce a sound of his own.

Although Copely spends most of the album giving vent to his emotions, his lyrics seem to be lacking in substance. Lyrics like "All that I need, all I could be/ Is surfacing like truth and oil," (from "Truth and Oil") seem awkward and out of place.

However, Copely does have his moments where he seems to hover on the border between rehashed alt-rock and something new. Copely has such a moment on the track, "Magic Box," where he leans toward more of a pop-like, upbeat sound as he sings about "Reaching out to heal the masses/ With universal themes and astral chords." Although the John Mayer-esque "Magic Box" seems a little out of place on the album, it is a welcome change of pace.

Such revelations are far and in between, however, and on the whole, Copely has created a run of the mill alternative rock album that seems suited to little else besides providing the soundtrack to a show on the WB.

Elisa Jacobs

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