The Rainwater LP (2010)
|Artist: Citizen Cope|
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|With The Rainwater LP, Citizen Cope offers the clearest distillation yet of his distinct musical approach, a laidback gumbo of acoustic blues, singer/songwriter rock ‘n’ roll and deep soul grooves. Born Clarence Greenwood, but known to friends and fans as simply “Cope,” the Brooklyn-based artist has crafted an album redolent of such classic tunesmiths as Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder – both major touchstones for his emotively penned songs. As such, it’s virtually impossible to put a finger on Citizen Cope’s idiosyncratically inimitable sound.
“The only way to explain my music is to say you gotta listen to it,” Greenwood says. “I don’t think there is any easy description of it. Somebody once said something about ‘urban folk,’ which I wasn’t mad at.”
The Rainwater LP comes nearly four years after Citizen Cope’s acclaimed 2006 third album, EVERY WAKING MOMENT. Not that Greenwood wasn’t busy – the hard-touring troubadour spent much of that time on the road, introducing fans new and old to his already substantial body of work.
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|There was a time when rockers who incorporated hip-hop elements really stood out in the crowd. But these days, so many rockers live and breathe hip-hop that it comes as no surprise when someone brings an obvious hip-hop influence to an alternative rock foundation. Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope, is such an artist; hip-hop has always been a strong influence for the Brooklyn resident (by way of Memphis and Washington, D.C.), and his hip-hop-ish (and R&B-ish) inclinations don't let up a bit on The RainWater LP. It isn't as though Greenwood inundates listeners with rapping on this early-2010 release; Greenwood is a singer/songwriter, not a rapper. But from Greenwood's rhythmic leanings to his vocabulary, there is no overlooking the hip-hop sensibilities that assert themselves on introspective tracks such as "Lifeline," "I Couldn't Explain Why," and "Keep Askin'." Greenwood's albums have tended to be melancholy and bluesy, and The RainWater LP is no exception. But while The RainWater LP isn't a stylistic departure from previous Citizen Cope releases, the good news is that it is one of Greenwood's more consistent efforts. Greenwood has had his share of what could be described as "remote control CDs" -- that is, they are uneven CDs that inspire the listener to keep a remote control close by so that he/she can easily skip from track to track instead of listening to the CD nonstop from start to finish. Typically, "remote control CDs" have memorable tracks as well as forgettable ones. But The RainWater LP, it turns out, is a Citizen Cope CD that the listener can enjoy from beginning to end without having to reach for the remote control constantly. This time, Citizen Cope doesn't let listeners down. ~ Alex Henderson|
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|Release Date : 03/02/2010|
|Original Release Date : 2010|
|Catalog ID : RW01|
|Label : Rainwater|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00616892071464|