COPYRIGHTS, THE: Learn the Hard Way: CD

While I initially thought that a new record from these fellas was perhaps a little too hot-on-the-heels of last year’s Make Sound, it really only took one listen to dispel any uncertainties or preconceptions. I can easily say that this is The Copyrights’ best release to date and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that each record sheds more obvious influences than the one before it. Granted, there’s still an unshakeable sense of Illinois in this record, but it’s significantly less obvious. The choruses are bigger, the lyrics are cleverer, and it’s immediately more memorable than their previous albums, which I also loved. I’m totally blown away. 

 –guest (Red Scare, www.redscare.net)