You Are My Sunshine (W/Dvd) (Spec) CD+DVD, Special Edition, Import
Copeland returns on October 14th with "You Are My Sunshine", a brand new record delicately crafted by a production wonderteam: Aaron Sprinkle, Aaron Marsh, and mixer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket). With an eleven track offering of lush soundscapes, driving guitars and brilliant lyrics Copeland has never been more prolific, heartfelt, or sonically dynamic. This special edition includes a bonus DVD complete with an 11 song filmtrack, documentary about the band, and other unique footage all packaged within a deluxe box. With three critically acclaimed records under their belts and an army of adoring fans impatiently awaiting the next installment, the timing could not be more perfect for a grand open-armed reception of "You Are My Sunshine".
The album, by itself is wonderful, showing the further evolution of one of Indie rock's best. However, my review focuses more on the SE extras, which are fairly disappointing.
The box, when opened, includes four sleeves which include the YaMS CD, DVD, Pictures, and lyrics booklet. The pictures are 3 square postcard-esque photos featuring shots from the band most recent photoshoot, which are a nice touch, but aren't that great.
The CD and lyric booklet are standard and don't really differ from their non SE counterparts.
The DVD is also not worth the extra cash. It features vinettes for each song off album, plus two B-sides. These "music videos" aren't bad, but if you really want to see them, just go to youtube. The "making of" feature is pretty bland, consisting of Aaron marsh narrorating the writing and recording process of the band. The footage is slow and uninteresting, and the filming is mediocre at best, given that it was filmed by the band. Even the promised "live performance" is just one song, and features the band playing one song in someone's house which sounds more like the studio version of the song than a live performance.
Their first two albums are amazing, I wasn't too impressed with "Eat, Sleep, Repeat" except for "Control Freak".
This album is something so different.
Every song is perfect.
The melodies are incredible, Aaron's voice just captures your head and heart and takes over. They create an entire atmosphere, musically. You could drown in the music.
Every song is beautiful.
Every song is interesting and new.
They had a lot of trouble finding a label this time around, and it amazes me that anyone could pass up the opportunity to release a record like this.
I love the guitars, the keys, the strings, the drums, the vocals. Everything is perfectly crafted.
Every song has movement and grace in a way I've never heard before.
The dvd is great too.
The making of part is a bit slow, but the films and performances are amazing.
This is an incredible album, well worth whatever you pay to get it.
Spellbinding and captivating.
Oh and one more thing.
The booklet smells amazing, if you notice things like that.