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The Coup's new album, Pick A Bigger Weapon, kicks off with a classic Boots Riley line ? "I'm a walking contradiction/Like bullets and love mixin'?" ? and then it just gets better. After a 14-year career that has defined the word "uncompromising", the Coup return armed with bigger funk and taller tales.

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  • Audio CD (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B0096HNE7O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Two decades since their first LP The Coup have returned from a six year break with their sixth album, Sorry to Bother You, which accompanies an as-yet unreleased film of the same name.

The group, and lead member Boots Riley in particular, have always been clearly political whether through their music or in their own lives - indeed this album was held back a year so Boots could concentrate on being one of the key organisers of Occupy Oakland. They've also always laid their musical cards clearly on the table, taking cues from the agitational 80s/90s hip/hop sound of groups like Public Enemy and Ice Cube while infusing a thick layer of funk.

Lyrically, Sorry to Bother You is a continuation of The Coup's theme of charging an anti-capitalist message through a mixture of dark humour, poetry an a marxist understanding of the economy. The second track of the album, Strange Arithmetic, calls on teachers to reveal to true nature of capitalist exploitation and corruption, riffing:

Economics is the symphony of hunger and theft
Mortar shells often echo out the cashing of checks
In Geography class, it's borders, mountains and rivers
But they will never show the line between the takers and givers

If anything Boots has pulled his rhymes up to a higher level certainly than The Coup's last two albums, Party Music and Pick a Bigger Weapon, which were more inconsistent than their first three. Certainly with We've Got A Lot To Teach You, Cassius Green, Boots has written a poetic, narrative masterpiece which is up there with earlier classics such as Fat Cats, Bigga Fish and Me & Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night.

But musically the album is a different beast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hay Zoos on 12 Dec. 2012
Format: Vinyl
I saw The Coup live in Berlin last April when Boots announced Sorry To Bother. To be honest i didn't expect such a good result. Don't get me wrong, The Coup have a consistent catalog but as the years go by it's only natural that the quality of music they give may decline due to different reasons. Boots obviously had a different opinion and managed to create a masterpiece from scratch without any trace of samples (The Roots style)! Lyrically he is on point since ever but on this i think he steps his game up a little more . It's damn shame that this LP is going to be overlooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Fiennes on 4 Dec. 2012
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A brilliant mix of the insightful, witty, inspiring lyrics of Boots Riley, a body-moving rhythm section, funky guitar licks, and the heart-melting vocals of Silk-E. Plus Kazoo playing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MJR on 2 Feb. 2013
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I loved this album - the message that is contained within this album is the reason that it gets no play on the radio or TV.

Please buy this album and enlighten your mind!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Evolutionary, but a bit scattered 2 Nov. 2012
By Maltese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's been six years since The Coup's last studio album; Boots Riley spent a good chunk of the intervening period fronting Street Sweeper Social Club alongside Tom Morello, and it's hard to escape the feeling that experience was a big influence on this album.

The laid-back, funky synth that carried 2006's 'Pick a Bigger Weapon' is mostly absent on 'Sorry to Bother You,' replaced by much more energetic guitars and other instrumental backing. Boots' lyrics are more energetic too: the personal/social commentary from 'Weapon' (ex: Laugh/Love, Tiffany Hall, The Stand) has given way to the expressly political language of the Occupy movement (Magic Clap, Strange Arithmetic, The Guillotine.) It's not realistic to expect good artists to make the same album over and over again, but folks who've had 'Weapon' in rotation the last few years may find the difference jarring.

Sticking with the comparison is a bit of a disservice to 'Sorry to Bother You,' because it's a solid album in its own right. The first five tracks move quickly and are probably what every review that says this album is 'more danceable' is talking about. After that things start to get a lot more experimental. 'You Are Not a Riot' is a critique of artists that adopt the iconography of revolution without its substance, over a minimalist guitar track that second wave punk fans might recognize. 'Cassius Green' has Boots grappling with commercial success, and is less rap than it is a poetry. It's an interesting listen, even if it probably won't all work for you.

In sum, there aren't that many innovative artists making hip hop records, and The Coup are still among them. This album's worth your time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great beats and social commentary to boot 18 Nov. 2012
By William L. Nienaber - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a relative newcomer to the hip hop genre, and honestly the Coup's "Pick a Bigger Weapon" was one of my introductory albums. Like that offering, this newest collection offers plenty of satirical and biting social commentary, backed by excellent musical compositions, most in the rap/hip hop tradition, but the R&B/soul genre is also beautifully represented here. These guys are fantastic musicians, and I must say Pam the Funkstress has a beautiful voice. But for me, the real standout item with the Coup is their deliciously satirical lyrics. They're angry and they know exactly how to let the world know it in a playful, yet quite direct fashion. My personal favorites from this collection are Strange Arithmetic (a brilliant critique of our education system), Your Parents' Cocaine (equally brilliant lampoon of the ultra-privileged in our society), You Are Not a Riot (a commentary on half-hearted activism?), and The Guillotine, which is possibly my favorite on the album, possibly my favorite song ever. There is also a spectacular video of this song that you should definitely check out. I give this beautiful album my highest recommendation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Awesome 12 Dec. 2012
By G. Stanners - Published on Amazon.com
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Boots is a lyrical genius, Silk E has a voice reminiscent of vintage Tina Turner. One of the best albums of the year.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great album 3 Jan. 2013
By aaron solle - Published on Amazon.com
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The Coup have been maturing their sound ever since they broke onto the scene. There's a lot of live instrumentation (or at least, it sounds like live instrumentation), so their rap sound is not what it once was. It's definitely "poppier" and more "catchy" than their other albums. That being said, the content is still very much the Coup.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Perfection 23 Nov. 2012
By Reg Noms - Published on Amazon.com
They nailed it this time, and about every other time. This is impressive, it's musically all over the place, yet so cohesive. PERFECT!
It's political, sure, but so deep otherwise and not preachy. Likely the best LP of 2012 for me.
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