Coops - 'Life in the Flesh' Album Review
'Life in the Flesh' is full of introspective stoner vibes aplenty, as Coops brings attention to lots of issues in a style that's easy to listen to.
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7.3Overall Score
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Smooth as a comfy, trusty pair of sliders Coops waltzes over the largely chilling boom-bap esque traditional hip-hop style beats on ‘Life in the Flesh‘ that High Focus have become well known for keeping alive with an undeniable pulse.

Coops fits the aesthetic of the label perfectly for this reason coupled with his penchant for conscious lyrical content, whether delving into the realm of storytelling and pooling from personal experiences, to observations and statements about the state of modern life.

The introspective, stoner vibes that ‘Life in the Flesh‘ radiates ask questions of the listener; namely are you aware of the topics Coops preaches about and why it is important to be. While sonically it can be a chilled and easy-listening experience, a degree of attention payed to his lyrics reveals the range of anxieties and troubles that hold a prominence in the project.

Coops is an artist that stands for something and seeks to use his soulful, yet urgent voice to bring awareness. One aspect of ‘Life in the Flesh‘ I see as very praiseworthy is Coops self-ability; the record is devoid of any features which indicates a strong sense of artistry and furthermore the album doesn’t lack for that. Also how capable he is of delivering a thoughtful and provoking verse transcending straight into a soothing chorus displaying an avid knack for pulling off a hook.

Not just that he can wield these factors well, but combines them proficiently thanks primarily to his mind for constructing a song; the structure of the tracks throughout the project is impressive individually, considered within the full context it results in a well flowing product.

The subtlety of Talos‘ production on ‘Guerillas‘ makes for a soft and receptive backdrop for Coops to vent about lots of aspects of modern day that frustrate him. There’s even a bit of experimentation utilised in the form of some understated autotune on the chorus, adding a dimension of catchyness that is much needed in the environment Coops revels in. This tune is very representative of the album in the sense it gives a rich impression of the record’s content.

There is even space for a funny little interlude ‘Back to School‘ that through comedic dramatisation elucidates a truthful reflection on unthinking youngsters. Interpreted perhaps as message to a younger self, this is a staple of the record in the sense it evokes a lot of messages for listeners, messages of how to live a better life and portraying the time old ode of do not repeat the mistakes someone has warned you about.

Bringing a good mix of hard-hitting sonic foundations with instrumentals of the more ambient variety, such as how ‘Crowded‘ has me thinking of relaxed days soaking up the sun on a quaint beach, underneath a clear sky with sunglasses on and a refreshing beverage feeling free and devoid of worry. The merit for this track comes in how the lyrical content is effectively a huge contradiction to this, as Coops verses about stressful times and vents such anxieties – the relaxing backdrop helps to allow the message be comprehended with a stable, clear-headed mind; it is a clever way of presenting paranoia without consuming the listener with it, so instead of becoming overwhelmed one can actually consider Coops’ message.

Life in the Flesh

Life in the Flesh‘ is out now everywhere via High Focus Records, click here to order it.

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