Every Waking Moment (2006) Simple, soulful, and street-smart, Cope's third disc, Every Waking Moment , is buttressed by his usual array of churchy organ riffs and gentle hip-hop beats.… 2006-09-12 Citizen Cope Pop
Music Review

Every Waking Moment (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 12, 2006; Lead Performance: Citizen Cope; Genre: Pop

Simple, soulful, and street-smart, Cope's third disc, Every Waking Moment, is buttressed by his usual array of churchy organ riffs and gentle hip-hop beats. The difference is that the raspy-voiced singer (born Clarence Greenwood) is more introspective, abandoning the offbeat characters (mostly hustlers and underdogs) who often inhabit his songs. It's a refreshing change, resulting in a personal CD that jumps between ballads (''Somehow''), romantic grooves (''More Than It Seems''), and weary observations (''Friendly Fire''). Cope's rough edges may keep him from blowing up, but that gritty charm is actually his finest asset.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints