Soon the album is utterly fraught with clichés and seemingly meaningless sentimental lyrics, as on "Fame", where he bites from Bob Marley with "Buffalo soldier / Dred locked rasta...", or on "Hurricane Waters", where most of the song consists of the repetition of "I will carry you / Through the hurricane waters", which functions better as a justification for the song's title than poetic verse.At some points, Citizen Cope seems to be searching for any random combination of timbres that might break genre barriers and by happenstance turn out to be interesting, yet sadly, this is rarely the case.All three of my current Cope favorites were performed: the dreamy “More Than It Seems”; the beautiful “D’Artagnan’s Theme”, which was solo acoustic for the first song of the encore; and “Sideways” – which was just a hair too slowed down for me.It’s a killer love song: “These feelings won’t go away, they’ve been knocking me sideways” – and I did my best to get in the moment – but in the back of my mind was that slowed down tempo – “Sideways”on ‘luudes. Alice Smith returned to the stage to help Cope out on “Back Together” and “107”. Cope let her fly during “107”, where she riffed off of the chorus for a while, and left us all wanting more. The show wrapped up with “Brother Lee”, an uptempo, ska-influenced track that left everyone fulfilled on a warm Arizona Saturday night.While a mass of humanity took in Fergie’s (disappointing? ) set across Town Lake at the Tempe Music Festival, we smart ones were filing into the Marquee Theater to take in D. But I was pleasantly surprised when a tall, slender female figure took the stage at and tore the roof of the joint with a short four song set… It was billed on the venue’s web site as “an evening with no support”.
The visuals offered here consist of a classic mash up of live performance, back stage hijinx, fan interactions, studio sessions, and long, endless stretches of pavement that link it all together. Citizen Copes compositions have been recorded by artists as varied as Carlos Santana, Dido, Pharoahe Monch and Richie Havens.The swelling synths humanize the subject felled by love's obsession, and then cuts poetically to "My Way Home", a bright '60s psychedelic homage to the tramp's search for salvation.The album's final highlight continues the trippy trend, featuring the hot fuzz guitar of Carlos Santana and the classic imagery of a California sunset that belies Citizen Cope's east coast origins. Rather than taking the effort to explore or expand a musical theme, Citizen Cope lapses into banal repetition, mistaking uncreative songwriting for a cool slow jam.Sommige onderdelen van de informatie die u verschaft (foto's, uw profiel, lifestyle) kunnen uw etnische afkomst, nationaliteit, religie e.d. Dit is uw eigen keuze en gebeurt onder uw eigen verantwoordelijkheid.Wij zullen de informatie verwerken en beschermen in overeenstemming met uw keuzen en met de Algemene Voorwaarden.Clarence Greenwood (stage name Citizen Cope) is an American songwriter, producer and performer. He currently records and produces for his own record label, Rainwater Recordings, which he founded in 2010 after deciding not to work with major labels any longer.He had previously been signed to Capitol, Arista, Dream Works and RCA.To say that the music of Citizen Cope is eclectic is to understate the overstated.In his music and in his statements to the press, Citizen Cope, AKA Clarence Greenwood, has openly declared his intention to fuse urban East-Coast R&B with his acoustic Southern singer-songwriter roots.It was Alice Smith, who Michael featured here last August.What an amazingly strong, soulful voice, and a commanding and confident stage presence.