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Make This Your Own

Cooper Temple Clause Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000KN99FE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Damage
2. Homo Sapiens
3. Head
4. Connect
5. Waiting Game
6. Once More With Feeling
7. What Have You Gone And Done?
8. Take Comfort
9. All I See Is You
10. Isn't It Strange
11. House Of Cards

Product Description

Third studio album from the British Alterna-Rock band who have managed to combine various Alternative music styles into their very own distinctive sound. Features the singles Homo Sapiens and Waiting Game. Sequel. 2007.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A State Of Incomprehension 15 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'I've waited almost four years for this album, with increasing desperation. Dropped by BMG and finally picked out of label-less limbo by Sanctuary, it was looking increasingly bleak for Reading's finest. They were also rocked by the departure of one of the nation's coolest bassists, Didz Hammond. With this aurora of looming disaster, I suppose I should be thankful that the creators of my favourite (`See This Through And Leave') and sixth-favourite (`Kick Up The Fire, And Let The Flames Break Loose') albums of all time actually got round to releasing `Make This Your Own' at all.

The album has been preceded by two fine singles; `Damage', a gig and download only promo, and `Homo Sapiens'. These two open the album, and they are straight-out rockers, with a slight more FM-friendly sound than efforts such as `Panzer Attack', `A.I.M' and `Been Training Dogs'. They are in fact similar to the singles pairing off the last album, `Blind Pilots' and `Promises, Promises'. They open the album well enough, but really can't compare to previous openers.

Next up is `Head', a recent live favourite. It opens with brooding menace, and continues with a repeated refrain of `You want to leave, but you can't forget about it' above a glorious synth-riff. This is The Coopers of old, twisting simple melodies into electronic balls of sonic force.

`Connect', which follows, carries on in the same vein. Upon my first listens to the album, I think this is a standout. It rollicks along on a baseline oddly similar to Donna Summer's `I Feel Loved'... and then breaks down into a cracking harmonised chorus. One problem I have with this, and `Head' is that they seem weedily produced.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't wanna kill anymore... 13 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, I got into the coopers the minute they came out, why? Back then I was an angry young man who needed music to get drunk and break stuff to. They provided me with the ammo. This has since changed, although I still think STTAL is one of my favourite albums of all time, I have moved on from that phase. Regarding a few of the review on this page (and the offical forum) I think a few of the Team Cooper fans hold themselves in very high regard bordering on pretentious, some even cross the line and are pure snobbish.

If you were to hold this album up to the other two It's obviously not going to be the same, things change etc. But it's not a bad album it just lacks the innovation the others had in abundance, but to be fair these boys had to make a go at breaking the big time I can't see any record company holding onto a flailing band.

Unfortunately their choice to go commercial failed to attract their target audience and also alienated a lot of interested ears/fans. If you were to hold this album up stuff from other bands out there then It would compete with any of them as far as melodies and accessability goes, but there just wasn't enough PR or push from the record company which suggests to me that the Cooper Temple Clause could be soon going unvoluntarily indie, which is a shame.

I recommend this album because I have held it up against the efforts from other bands and not the bands past offerings. Surely the Cooper Temple Clause can get away with 'Waiting Game' if the Kaiser Cheifs can get away with a song, so clichéd in 'Ruby' it's embarrassing, and still be called great.

Unfortunately for too many fan's it just wasn't the time or the place, and a band that once let them arrogantly point fun at commerical loving funsters for their lack of innovation (whilst all the time craving success for the Coopers), has now gone and set fire to their very pedistal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where did they go? 11 April 2007
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Oh, dear.

On first hearing "Damage" sometime last year, I remember that horrible cold feeling that I got when I realised that the band I knew so well and loved dearly were changing. For the worse, in my humble opinion. I'm one of those die-hard Coopers fans, maybe I'm pretentious, maybe I don't like my favourite band becoming more mainstream, I'm still going to try and keep this review a useful guide to people wanting this album, rather than a rant!

Okay - if you've never heard any Cooper Temple Clause before, you'll probably think this album's great. Buy it, you'll love it. Especially if you also like Placebo.

If you're an existing Coopers fan, buy it anyway - but don't expect the hard, driving, gritty rock infused with industrial techno and electronica that we've been savouring these last few years. The "okay" tracks on this album have all the ingredients of a classic Coopers number - they've just somehow been put together wrongly. Too over-produced, too clean. "Damage" and "Homo Sapiens" were UTTERLY SPECTACULAR live, but on this recording they are weak, flaccid, and easy to ignore.

And don't get me started on the whiny emo rubbish that is "Waiting Game". Dan Fisher has the most irritating nasal voice - Ben's predatory growl is sorely missed on this track, as it is on many others. He sounds different, it could just be the production again. Also, the overall balance is different - the vocals used to be thoroughly integrated with all the other instruments, now they sit right on top and it's too "poppy" for my tastes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Isn't it strange...
The now defunct Cooper Temple Clause released this just three months before they split, and in listening to Make This Your Own, it is clear why the band did break up. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2007 by J. Cracknell
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Album From The Coopers (RIP)
Been a Coopers fan ever since they came on the scene, there was just something about this band that other bands could not compete with. Read more
Published on 16 July 2007 by G. Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars A good but not great album
Whilst this album is clearly differant to all of TCTC's previous efforts. It certainly wasn't what I expected as a third album. Read more
Published on 29 May 2007 by Jacob J. Halford
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmm.....
After the, quitre frankly, slightly dissapointing "Kick up the fire and let the flames break loose", "Make this your own" is interesting. Read more
Published on 18 May 2007 by Mr. Matthew Munroe
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooper - Mainstream? Or RIP
Was this album to catapult them into the mainstream? Or to kill them off?

After Didx's departure this was always going to be the "difficult" 3rd album, which in the end... Read more
Published on 11 May 2007 by Lp Towsey-hinton
3.0 out of 5 stars Career progression...top marks!
Well,well Readings finest have suprised me on this third album. Expecting another loud and poorly produced mess, i was reminded why I liked this band back in 2002. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2007 by DOGG
3.0 out of 5 stars just not happening folks
Having been a fan since catching an unknown support act supporting Muse back in 2000, the first 2 albums were superb, and I really want to be able to say this is a new,... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2007 by Eoin
2.0 out of 5 stars Think carefully before you make this your own
I am sorry to say that if anyone thinks this album represents progress for a genuinely talented and original band, then that is one bandwagon I will be jumping off. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2007 by Aj Merrington
3.0 out of 5 stars Is It The CTC?
I am toally surprised. I've expected a powerful atomic album and I received completely new stuff. Especially I miss a predatory vocal and a huge dose of emotions like in previous... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2007 by Rafa Najdaa
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done the Coopers...
In the current indie-schmindie climate of the likes of the Kooks and The sodding Kaiser Chiefs, who seem to collectively own the radio airwaves, it is such a relief that a band as... Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2007 by July37th
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