The Rainwater LP

The Rainwater LP

Citizen Cope, a.k.a. Memphis-to-Brooklyn songwriter Clarence Greenwood, has always thrown hip-hop backbeats into his music and it’s no different on 2010’s The Rainwater LP. Whether it’s the sound of beach waves crashing to shore (“Healing Hands”) or the whirling winds behind “I Couldn’t Explain Why,” the austere industrial clink of “Jericho” or the quick-stepping disco pass of “A Father’s Son,” Greenwood never leaves the dance floor far behind with a little hip-hop in his pocket. Elsewhere, he finds other grooves to break on through to his other side. “Off the Ground” settles in with a calypso beat. “The Newspaper” slow-dances its way with an electric piano. “Lifeline (Barefeet Version)” settles on his acoustic guitar and introspective lyrics to deliver its message of hard times all over. “Keep Askin’” further speaks with the acoustic guitar leading the way. Greenwood’s vocals lay back but underneath that mellow exterior is a man taking notes of the imbalances around him.

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