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Audio Learning Center

Cope Park


Released on April 6, 2004


For Cope Park, Audio Learning Center decided to break ranks with longtime friend and producer Adam Kasper, and instead produce the album themselves, in Christopher Brady’s home studio. “I wanted it to be really big and thick sounding and sound like we do live,” says Brady of Cope Park. And though the album ultimately ended up exactly as he had intended, the process was not without its doubtful moments. “It was a little tough,” remembers Brady. “Up until the time we mixed it, I didn’t know if any of the sounds would be usable. I’d spent all the money and I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to deliver an album, and at that point you kind of panic. "To shore up the loose ends, the band enlisted the help of renowned knob-twirler Joe Chiccarelli (Frank Zappa, Oingo Boingo, Beck) who mixed and helped with production on the album. Musically, Cope Park is the logical next step from Friendships Often Fade Away, both of which showcase the band’s varied influences. “We all listen to different sorts of music. Paul went to school for music, and he plays tabla; Steve listens to a lot of jazz and he’s into Elvis Costello; I could give a shit about any kind of sound. The bands I love are far and wide between, and its not like there’s any sort of genre or label for the type of music I like.” Among the bands that Audio Learning Center list as influences: Wilco, Spoon, Nada Surf, Grandaddy, The Pixies, Cat Power and the Beatles. But above and beyond anything else, the members of Audio Learning Center just love music. “I’m just a music fan,“ says Brady. “You walk around and get a melody stuck in your head, and you can’t get it out of your head for three days, and then you try to write a song around it…that’s what I’m into. Beyond that I don’t really think about it. I’m just trying to write good songs. I want them to be able to stand on their own and last.” Whatever you what want to call it, the music on Cope Park certainly does stand on its own, as a frank musical expression of veteran musicians doing what they love.

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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Waking Up With Eyes Still Closed  0%
2 The Neverwills Voted #1  33%
3 Cope Park Voted #3  17%
4 In The Red  0%
5 California  0%
6 The Sun  0%
7 Stereo Voted #2  33%
8 Car  17%
9 You Get That From Your Mother  0%
10 Passenger  0%
11 Happy Endings  0%
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Donald from Abingdon, VA 
Apr 23 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I bought this cd based on the "The Neverwills" mp3. After hearing a few seconds of that song, I was pretty confident the rest of the cd would be pretty good...and I was right. In my opinion, it's pretty damn good. I seem to like it more with each with any cd I get. I can tell they don't limit themselves to one type of music. I don't know if these bands are influences, but I hear elements of Built To Spill, Fugazi, Tool, Nirvana, among others...just a pinch now. Actually, "Happy Endings" could almost be mistaking for a Built To Spill song. If you're looking for a punk rock fix, this wouldn't be for you. Most of the songs go back and forth from mellow to charged up in an instant and back to mellow again, and none of it I would consider punk, just different degrees of rock. I think it's awesome. I'm pretty open minded with music. If you like the chosen mp3, you should like the rest. My favorite songs so far are "Waking Up...", "The Neverwills", "Cope Park", "The Sun", "Car", "Passenger", and "Happy Endings" in no paticular order. The other songs are good too...I don't skip tracks. I'm looking forward to future releases.

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