Sorry to Bother You

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
During the six years between Pick a Bigger Weapon and Sorry to Bother You, the Coup survived a disastrous bus crash. Leader Boots Riley aligned with Tom Morello as Street Sweeper Social Club, and he also toured with Galactic. More significantly, Riley became a driving force in the Occupy Oakland movement -- something that could have fueled an album's worth of ideas. Instead, Sorry to Bother You draws inspiration from Riley's past as a telemarketer. It's presented as a soundtrack to "a dark comedy with magical realism." There are enough guest stars joining Riley, Pam the Funkstress, Silk-E, studio comrade Damion Gallegos, and the band's instrumentalists to give it the feel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
During the six years between Pick a Bigger Weapon and Sorry to Bother You, the Coup survived a disastrous bus crash. Leader Boots Riley aligned with Tom Morello as Street Sweeper Social Club, and he also toured with Galactic. More significantly, Riley became a driving force in the Occupy Oakland movement -- something that could have fueled an album's worth of ideas. Instead, Sorry to Bother You draws inspiration from Riley's past as a telemarketer. It's presented as a soundtrack to "a dark comedy with magical realism." There are enough guest stars joining Riley, Pam the Funkstress, Silk-E, studio comrade Damion Gallegos, and the band's instrumentalists to give it the feel of a funk-rap-rock opera. Lyrically, however, it's a typical Coup album in the best possible way. Riley's incisive, anti-capitalist rhymes and animated vocals are as energizing as ever, alternately intoxicating and sobering without wavering in force. Without being told, a longtime Coup fan wouldn't be able to discern the words' function as soundtrack material. Riley maintains hot-blooded realism and dips into slightly out-of-character fantasticism only for the oddball chamber agitprop of "We've Got a Lot to Teach You, Cassius Green." A change of approach is instantly detectable in the music, which is often closer to assaultive and muscular new wave than the laid-back, bottom-heavy synth funk that runs through Pick a Bigger Weapon. According to Riley, that's just the way it played out. It might take some time for older fans to adjust -- its punk energy aims for the calves more frequently than the neck -- but Sorry to Bother You contains some of the Coup's most vehement and focused output.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778689125
  • Catalog Number: 86891
  • Sales rank: 129,850

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Magic Clap (3:12)
  2. 2 Strange Arithmetic - Jazz Mafia Horn Section (4:05)
  3. 3 Your Parents' Cocaine (2:32)
  4. 4 The Gods of Science - Jazz Mafia Horn Section (3:06)
  5. 5 My Murder, My Love (3:32)
  6. 6 You Are Not a Riot (An RSVP from David Siqueiros to Andy Warhol) (3:14)
  7. 7 Land of 7 Billion Dances (3:15)
  8. 8 Violet - Classical Revolution (4:34)
  9. 9 This Year (4:04)
  10. 10 We've Got a Lot of Teach You, Cassius Green - The Homeless People (4:42)
  11. 11 Long Island Iced Tea, Neat (2:04)
  12. 12 The Guillotine (4:45)
  13. 13 WAVIP (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Coup Primary Artist
Joe Henry Vocals
Vernon Reid Guitar
Jonathan Ring French Horn
Silk-E Vocals, Hand Clapping
Adam Theis Trombone
Mike Olmos Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Justin Sane Vocals
Killer Mike Vocals
Boots Riley Kazoo, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Chant, cowbell, fender rhodes
Lil Bo Acoustic Bass
Jolie Holland Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Chant
Uriah Duffy Bass
Eric McFadden Guitar
Mike Tiger fender rhodes, Prophet 5
Craig McFarland Bass
Matt Riley Bass, Piano, Vocals
Gabby La La Accordion, Sitar, Hand Clapping, Chant
Ian Vanek Drums, Vocals
Lewis Patzner Cello
Damion Gallegos Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Kazoo, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Bhi Bhiman Guitar, Vocals
Matt Szemela Violin
Joe Cohen Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
B'Nai Rebelfront Guitar
Marcus Phillips Bass
Pam the Funkstress scratching, Hand Clapping, Chant
Kool A.D. Vocals
Sarah Casey Chant
Robbie Levin Accordion
Rachel Antony-Levine Chant
Nicos Hubbard-Riley Chant
Mycull Myculls Chant
Lindsey Kate Cristofani Vocals, Chant
Jeff RJFski Drums
Emily Jane Vocals
Christa Schmid Violin
Chloe Behrens Washboard
Charith Premawardhna Viola
Chad Castillo Trombone
Alina Hubbard-Riley Vocals, Chant
Xola Fischer-Riley Chant
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Boots Riley Producer
Damion Gallegos Producer, Engineer
R. Riley Composer
The Imps of Marge Cover Photo
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