Sorry To Bother You

You will not hear a finer accordion solo on a rap record this year than the one in the Coup's "We've Got a Lot to Teach You, Cassius Green." The song also has 2012's most furious washboard solo, and its most wild-eyed indictment of corporate oligarchy: "The assistant crouched at the monster's feet . . . in a puddle of urine and meat." The Coup's sixth LP is stuffed to the gills: with Boots Riley's radical politics and conceptual lyrics; with unexpected guests (Jolie Holland, Japanther); with punk beats. It's an admirably ambitious mix, often a bit too unruly. But when Riley gets it right – "The Magic Clap," a buzzy mix of Motown, punk clamor and "Hey Ya!" – it's novelty music in the best sense.

Listen to 'Sorry To Bother You'

From The Archives Issue 1169: November 8, 2012
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