Mike Koop’s Multitude of Sins “ Music is Worthless” Recently Declassified Records 2010. CD. It’s a provocative title and can open up some debate. How do you measure it’s worth? Music has its value: it makes life more tolerable and hopeful - got through my teens with Alice Cooper’s help, that’s for sure. But I have the feeling Mike is actually positioning a different dialectic about words versus actions. Musically there’s a departure here for Mike from the rock and pop you would ordinarily associate him with; this time he has put together a country rock album. It’s good to stretch and develop as an artist and Mike proves himself up to the challenge. But I also think that there’s a reason he moved over into this genre for this album; I don’t claim to know Mike well, having met him exactly once (and again thank you @ for the gift of this album) but I get the sense that he is a thoughtful person and a man of faith, and there really isn’t the same room for expression in rock as there is in country for themes related to Christian spiritual issues. There are those who might disagree but I hold that country and bluegrass have developed out of, and in step with, various religious musical traditions, whereas with rock and roll, not so much. Anyway, to the music, Mike does a really good job here as you might expect. My favourite songs here are “Music is Worthless,” “Save Me,” and the soft, comforting “River.” He also performs a really high-gospel-energy version of “I Woke Up This Morning” which in my opinion might be the best track on the album and I think it would be interesting to see Mike really cut loose with that same octane level on similar such songs.
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