Copper Gone

Sage Francis - Copper Gone
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Based on 7 reviews
2014 Ratings: #428 / 845
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Based on 14 ratings
June 3, 2014 / Release Date
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Strange Famous / Label
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Copper Gone is definitely a high point in Sage Francis's already significant career.

The Skinny

On the evidence of Copper Gone, Francis is back on top form, spitting the kind of melancholic, philosophical couplets which made him the go-to emcee for literate lyrics laced with dense, allusive layers of meaning.


Don't call it a comeback, as Copper Gone is a mix of tried and true plus smarter and new, and it's an excellent reason to check in on Sage's evolution.

The 405

The album isn't lacking in lyrical content, or in rhyme technique. There's always been something about Sage's delivery that felt considered, workmanlike even.

I am so conflicted by this album. On one hand, the lyrics are usually pretty amazing throughout and normally I would love these type of lyrics, but when he picks up his flow to rap faster, it becomes cringe-worthy to me. Also, I really don't like the absurdly loud rock inspired production that this whole album uses. Best tracks- Dead Man's Float, Make Em Purr, and Vonnegut Busy. I love his lyrics but I wish he would rap over different production and that he would rap more subdued ... read more
Copper Gone is a cerebral and yet equally visceral listen. Sage Francis employs his honed lyrical skill with accomplished competence,he introspects, vents, reflects and deprecates with calculated rage channeled throughout the album.His opinionated about many things but most critical of his own shortcomings and this is what makes Copper Gone more personal and self-aware than preachy and self-righteous.
Powerful rhyming and rock elements compose an attack that has more noise than guts.
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Track List

  1. Pressure Cooker
  2. Grace 
  3. ID Thieves 
  4. Cheat Code
  5. Dead Man's Float 
  6. Over Under 
  7. Make Em Purr 
  8. Vonnegut Busy
  9. Thank You
  10. The Set Up
  11. The Place She Feared Most
  12. Once Upon A Blood Moon
  13. Say Uncle 
  14. Maint Reqd
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