Copeland’s Ixora is the first album of the band’s that I’ve really sat down and listened to without any distractions (which is something I intend to change by going back to revisit the rest of their catalog). The weeks leading up to the release, I listened to the singles and read some hype about the album. It had been recommended by several music writers I follow, so I decided to give it a listen, and I’m glad I did.
The album starts off with “Have I Always Loved You?” and gives off a sleepy/dreamy tone, and I mean that in the best way. I really enjoyed how relaxing this album was to listen to. “Disjointed” follows with a more upbeat tempo and catchy tunes. It easily became one of my favorite songs off of the album. It’s the song that really drew me into the album and may have made for a better album opener than “Have I Always Loved You?” did. But that’s just my opinion and others may disagree.
I could easily write a much longer review on this and go through each track, but it would mainly consist of me saying how much I enjoy the majority of the album. So to keep it short, “Disjointed” and “Erase” were the highlight tracks for me. Since the album was only 10 songs, I didn’t really feel like any of the tracks were just “filler” as we see in some album where bands insist on having 13–14 songs. The string section that was present in multiple songs did an excellent job of adding more to each of the songs. I’ve been listening to this album a lot lately, and it will definitely be considered for my top 10 EOTY list. Copeland is back and I have every intention of listening to their back catalog as much as I’ve listened to Ixora.