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Every Waking Moment

Citizen Cope

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Album Review

There are a number of artists — Everlast, G. Love, Mat Kearney — who, while staying firmly within blues and rock, bring in hip-hop tendencies, with varying degrees of success. Citizen Cope is another one who could be added to that group, although the only "rap" he actually incorporates into his music is relegated to an occasional singsongy, quickly spoken line and some internal rhyme. This, along with the characters he created and sang about, was what won him fans on his first two albums, and it's something he continues onto his next. For Every Waking Moment, however, Cope has a slightly broader approach to his songwriting, telling more abstract stories that aim toward the universal rather than the specific. He has that gruff, world-weary kind of voice that sounds like it's seen a few too many things and had a few too many whiskeys, and the band does a pretty good job of taking a standard bluesy line and embellishing it until it almost shines. The best track on the entire album, in fact, is "Awe," an instrumental, because it allows room for them to show off some of their many influences, and ends up with some nice Latin and blues-tinged acoustic guitar-driven rock. It's nothing extraordinary, but the groove is pretty tight, the horns are clean, and the drums are intricate and fun, and it works well with the rest of Every Waking Moment. Cope's catchy, melodic lyrics are here as well ("I got a Brother named Lee who looks a lot like me/He's got a lot of enemies," he sings on "Brother Lee"), and the album should please fans of any of his previous work.

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Dare i say the best EVER !

BEST MUSICIAN EVER ! ! First and foremost . . Citizen Cope embodies music 100% and his lyrics hit you hard right at the heart to the core! If you like this album you should pick up his other 2 and if you have never seen him live then you need to buy tickets for the next show. Its a wonder he hasnt made it main stream and maybe he just doesnt want too, either way his fan base is HUGE and still growing . . nothing but LOVE for Clarence Greenwood he is paving the way to what music is and should be !

I don't understand

This is guy is one of the most underrated artist. He has given us good music on every album, but why are there only a select few people who have even heard of him.

One of the Best

Citizen Cope is one of my favorite artists. I've been a fan since he first started and he is so underrated. His songs vary so that I can find a song for whatever mood I'm in and i can listen to him for hours. Seen him live twice and it was AMAZING. HIGHLY recommended for anyone out there looking for some good music. Please purchase and SPREAD THE WORD!

Biography

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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