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Classic Album Review: Copyright | The Hidden World

The veteran Vancouver rockers deliver an artsy blast straight from glam-rock’s past.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


“Let the dope take control of your soul, let the rock machine roll.”

Now that is a rock ’n’ roll lyric — whatever the hell it’s supposed to mean. And it neatly summarises the drug-addled theme the of this artsy glam-rock opus from Vancouver veterans Copyright, featuring former members of ’80s sludge-rockers Slow. The Hidden World is an ambitious combination of grandiose high-concept art-rock — something or other about drugs, music and redemption — and classic ’70s glam. These 11 solid numbers are a blast straight from the era of classic David Bowie, Mott the Hoople and The Velvet Underground, with big, ballsy beats, woozy rock waltzes, snarling guitars and a big-lunged Jaggeresque frontman. If these guys were from London, they would be opening up for Oasis at Wembley. Since they’re Canucks, they’re opening for Matthew Good’s tour. Only in Canada, eh? Pity.