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Album Review

When a singer/songwriter fights the big record label — in this case Dreamworks — because the label doesn't understand the artist's vision, then buys back a record so he can find someone else who cares enough to release it, it's admirable and has a "this must be good" allure for sure. One listen to The Clarence Greenwood Recordings and you might have a guess at why Dreamworks said "no." It's a wandering album, one that Greenwood's fan base can connect with, but more difficult for everyone else. The timely "people wanna bomb us" number, "Bullet and a Target," is the album's centerpiece single; it presents a shock-value laundry list of depressing situations, Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" for the Dave Matthews generation. Elsewhere a vagrant falls in deep love with a billboard and D'Artagnan meets his match. From there it gets more undecipherable, but it's a record he fought hard for and his fans will love trying to figure it all out.

Customer Reviews

Television Influence

Want I was a lost soul with my current knowledge of Citizen Cope, I was lost. Then as i noticed on that one car commercial and on Scrubs there were these two very different songs, but both were very moving. Then one day i finally decided to look up Let the Drummer Kick, and it was awesome, so i started listening to all of Cope's songs. And this my favorite album. I mean after I was done with Sideways, I moved on to Son's Gonna Rise, then Bullet and A Target, Then My Way Home, Fame, Pablo Picasso, Fame, and I am mow on D'Artagan's Theme. Every single one of these have moved me with thier beautiful lyrics. I recommend you Buy the album, but if the economy has you down get these five songs 1. Sideways 2. Bullet and a Target 3. Son's Gonna Rise 4. D'Artagan's Theme 5. My Way Home This is one of the best albums I have ever had the joy of owning, and you should also buy it.

Quietly Brilliant

Clarence Greenwood (aka Citizen Cope) has somehow managed to successfully find a musical genre that cannot be defined in one simple word... other than brilliant. His music is mesmerizing, lyrics are poetic, poignant with an occasional hint of very subtle humor or irony. His music is calming and exhilarating at the same time. My first favorites: Son's Gonna Rise, Sideways, Bullet and a Target. But the more I listen, the more I appreciate the rest of his work on both this and his other albums. See him live if you get the chance. He is truly gifted and has much to share both with his music and lyrics.

Inexplainable Perfection

Citizen Cope is addicting, especially Bullet and a Target, and you will be surprised by how much you listen to it. Genius.


Formed: Memphis, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Citizen Cope is both a person (singer/songwriter Clarence Greenwood) and an acoustic-driven band. Born in Memphis and raised in Washington, D.C., Greenwood is the leader of the group, and he steers the band's soulful sound by serving as keyboardist, guitarist, lead singer, DJ, songwriter, and producer. Greenwood first broke into the music business by appearing on albums by Maryland-based rapper Basehead (1993's Not in Kansas Anymore and 1996's Faith), and he used that momentum to issue his first...
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