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Sorry to Bother You

CoupAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B008Y1S3WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Magic Clap - 3:12
2. Strange Arithmetic - 4:05
3. Your Parents' Cocaine - 2:32
4. The Gods of Science - 3:06
5. My Murder, My Love - 3:32
6. You Are Not A Riot (An RSVP from David Siquieros to Andy Warhol) - 3:14
7. Land of 7 Billion Dances - 3:15
8. Violet - 4:34
9. This Year - 4:04
10. We've Got A Lot To Teach You, Cassius Green - 4:42
11. Long Island Iced Tea, Neat - 2:04
12. The Guillotine - 4:42
13. WAVIP - 3:06

Editorial Reviews

The Coup consists of vocalist-writer and activist Boots Riley accompanied by a versatile cadre of musicians, with guests including Anti-Flag, Das Racist, Killer Mike, Vernon Reid, Jolie Holland, and Joe Henry. With this eclectic guest list, The Coup have created an album that merges danceable beats, punk urgency and the astute social commentary of hip-hop to craft a refreshingly unique sound that draws from the past but never sounds anything but futuristic.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evolutionary, but a bit scattered November 2, 2012
By Maltese
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great beats and social commentary to boot November 18, 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome December 12, 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album January 3, 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection November 23, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Rap minista November 23, 2012
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The coup never ceases to amaze me, they are so creative, I could listen to this cd allday, it has funky live instrumentation over cool poetic lyrics, boots riley puts it down on all his albums even street sweeper social club, I wish music like this could be supported in the mainstream.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glad you bothered me March 13, 2014
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It was great fun listening to this CD. Boots is a very conscience individual with good lyrics and beats. Better than anything coming out of mainstream rap that is hyped by live nation and it's stable of artist that are over hyped, paid (concert tickets) and fed to mass radio and marketed to sheep.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius in lyrics February 28, 2014
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Best CD I've bought in 4EVER! Although I don't agree with some of his ideas, Boots Riley is a lyrical genius.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid
As a long time Coup fan, I was prepared to be disappointed. But this really delivers. Solid all the way through, Boots is in fine form, maintaining his indignation. Read more
Published 15 months ago by p_martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
Another classic album by The Coup
Buy this album & support positive - progressive music
They bring the fire / Topics as usual along w/ lyrical skill & beats !
Published 16 months ago by ExtirpatEcocide
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have they been?
I've completely missed out on The Coup. The rhymes combined with the music make this one of the best albums of the year. All that and a message.
Published 17 months ago by Mathew
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great album by The Coup. They have a history of refining and reinventing their sound, this album is no exception.
Published 17 months ago by SDRiding
5.0 out of 5 stars Boots Riley's magnum opus!
Released prior to the November 2012 election, Sorry to Bother You is Boots Riley's magnum opus, dedicated to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Black Grooves
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
tellin it like it is,,,and should be. i don't like rap but the message is so good i love it!
Published 19 months ago by david kiley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Valedictorian Presentation of the School of Social Justice
Boots and the band have come out swinging with the latest incarnation of The Coup. This is not a background noise or easy listening record. Read more
Published 19 months ago by G. Love
5.0 out of 5 stars boots riley and the coup are unstoppable
what more can i say- they have been laying it down for oakland, and for righteous party people everywhere, for like 2 decades! long live the revolution!
Published 20 months ago by drav idian
4.0 out of 5 stars NEW & IMPRESSIVE
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