The B Sides opens with “Miss Fortune” a catchy pop tune with clever and angsty lyrics juxtaposed with cheerful sounding instrumentals. Copeland demonstrates his skill for weaving a story in his lyrics–in this case telling the tale of the seemingly bipolar and feisty woman, “Miss Fortune.” This all-American track draws similarities with the pop produced by The Beatles in the early 1960’s, but of course with it’s own, signature Northwestern twist. Copeland’s voice possesses rotund, rich and harmonious qualities the suit his pop-style of music well. This song showcases Copeland’s vocal talent in addition to the great musicianship present in his band. “Miss Fortune” is certainly a track that may compel many to shake their hips.
“Closer to Ok,” the second track on the album, opens with an impressive guitar part and vocals. This song incorporates more country style elements, again weaving together a story. This time, the story centers around an instance in which Copeland sings about getting away as he sings, “ Checking out for the weekend/ but I’m not running away/ I just find myself a little closer to okay.” Part of the appeal of this song lies in it’s relatability. Who doesn’t want to get away to the beach for a weekend after work? This song in particular also demonstrates Copeland’s keen sense of stitching together tunes that have distinctly different parts like verse, chorus and bridge, with one common thread.
The third track of this album, “Summertime” is slower, more acoustic and very heartfelt. This one is my favorite track on the album, and really allows Copeland’s voice to shine. “Summertime” also demonstrates the Brian Copeland Band’s ability to dynamically build a song, from soft and simple in the beginning to loud and soaring towards the end. The lyrics of this song are one that every single Western Oregonian can undoubtedly identify with, “Just trying to stay sane with the Northwest rain soakin’ in my mind.”
“Wait for Me,” the fourth and final track embodies the unique Northwest scene with elements of rock, pop and a dash of country. I appreciate the earnest and straightforward approach to this track, and to all of them on the album for that matter. Brian Copeland Band has a talent for crafting songs with relatable and understandable stories.
Brian Copeland Band’s The B Sides is a crafted and produced very well, certainly attesting to the talent of each band member. This catchy EP is certainly worth a listen. It can be found at www.reverbnation.com/briancopelandband