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Citizen Cope - Every Waking Moment
on December 2, 2006
"Every Waking Moment" is my first exposure to Citizen Cope (Clarence Greenwood) and I must say, I am really impressed; almost blown away. Well actually for the first three songs, I didn't really like his voice, but then I got used to it and now dig it.
It is mind-blowing how he is able to combine so many different genres of music into this album. It is impossible to define him to just one genre of music. You could say it's singer/songwriter, rock, acoustic folky rock, reggae, soul, R&B, gospel, blues, funk - that's a lot!
The songs themselves grow and grow on me with repeated listening. The musical landscapes and the textures-upon-textures create a dizzying effect sometimes. At times, the songs are completely funky, then completely soulful, always with a good groove.
On top of that, it's also nearly impossible to say who he sounds like. So he's very unique. He's clearly a very talented musician. I'd recommend this to fans of Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Michael Franti/Spearhead, Ray Lamontagne, G. Love, Jack Johnson, etc... but he doesn't really sound close to any of them.
Due to the great timelessness of the music, I think I might still be listening to this one a few years down the road, which is more than I can say for most new albums coming out. So I am definitely recommending Citizen Cope's new album to fans of good music. Give it a couple listens and you'll be engulfed.