Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope is a sweet name.  It’s like, “Hey, I’m a badass just because I can be.”  And since that is coincidentally my life motto, I’m all about Citizen Cope.  But how can someone live up to a name like that?  Just one listen to his intriguing, yet powerfully simple delivery and you’ll agree, he can call himself whatever he wants to call himself.  The unique sound in his voice mixed with the coordinated ramblings of beats and melodies make this mix a truly gratifying experience.

Citizen Cope

Citizen Cope

Cope has a unique way of delivering a waterfall of poetry through music in a way that most artists only dream of doing.  You can honestly feel the heart and soul in every second of music without getting reeled into the same kind of song or mix of lyrics.  His most recent album, Every Waking Moment, is a faster-driven take on Cope’s signature style but the preceding album, The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, is the most stripped down compilation of his songs to date.  Generally including a fairly simple beat, bass and melody, this album captures the essence of simplicity that Citizen Cope pulls off so strikingly well.  Songs like “Fame”, “Sideways” and “D’artagnan’s Theme” pull at your heartstrings like a crying puppy, while slightly faster tracks “Penitentiary” and “Son’s Gonna Rise” are more than enough to make your head nod.  Cope delivers each song with a powerful raspy voice that never misses a note.  His songs are almost more conversational than epic blends of complicated notes which (I think) makes the songs more personal.

Citizen Cope is honestly nothing like you’ve ever heard before.   He’s unique and brings something different to the table with every new album.  Make sure you check out The Clarence Greenwood Recordings and be sure to pick up The Rainwater LP when it hits stores in February 2010.

Check out the video for “Sideways”:

If you like Citizen Cope, check out Ray LaMontagne!

About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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