Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

by The Coup


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Sorry to Bother You

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778689125
catalogNumber: 86891
Rank: 80843

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Boots Riley   Producer
Damion Gallegos   Producer,Engineer
R. Riley   Composer
Imps of Marge   Cover Photo

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