Citizen Cope at the Paramount, 2/11

February 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

This past Saturday night I saw Citizen Cope perform acoustically at the Paramount Theater in Huntington (on Long Island). This was my fourth time seeing him, and as usual, he does not disappoint.

Citizen Cope, or Clarence Greenwood, is a songwriter and singer who creates an eclectic, alternative mix of rock and blues music. He’s produced 5 albums since his start in 1992.  His most recent album is The Rainwater, from 2010.

Clarence Greenwood has the type of voice you could listen to anywhere, any time. He sounds even better live. As much as I love his performances with his band, and with Alice Smith (who he sometimes records and performs duets with), it was great having Clarence as the sole focus of my listening pleasure. It was definitely a more calm and intimate vibe than his usual, jamming out-type performance.

In addition to playing my favorites (“Pablo Picasso,” “Sun’s Gonna Rise,” “Let the Drummer Kick,” “Healing Hands,” “Hurricane Waters,” & “Sideways,” to name a few), Citizen lent the audience some extra audial pleasure by introducing a few new songs that will be released this year in his new album.

If you’ve never heard any of his music, I’d definitely suggest giving him a try. Download any of the songs I mentioned. He also does an awesome cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police” (I personally think it’s better than the original).

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