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  • Summary: Audioslave's Tom Morello is among the musicians providing the framework for the politically-charged rap duo's first release in five years.
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  1. His lesser songs would be dookie gold on an ordinary undie-rap album.
  2. Of all the group's works, Pick a Bigger Weapon has a greater sense of inclusion and belonging.
  3. With each album the Coup’s lyrical messages come across stronger because the music has grown tighter, fuller, more alluring.
  4. As lyrically inflammatory as ever.
  5. Five albums in, The Coup have just made their best since their debut.
  6. At seventeen tracks, Pick a Bigger Weapon isn't as focused or as thoroughly block-rocking as the Coup's 2001 classic, Party Music. But it's the rare record that makes revolution sound like hot fun on a Saturday night.
  7. Pick a Bigger Weapon would’ve made a truly killer party album, but two factors hold it back--no one cares about Riley’s politics, and he’s not nearly as clever as he thinks.

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  1. justinm
    Jul 17, 2006
    10
    Seriously, best album of the year.
  2. JeremiahM
    May 9, 2006
    10
    As usual, the Coup delivers an outstanding album. The beats are great and Boots Riley's straightforward politi-funk is awesome...
  3. constintinatrainwreck
    Apr 30, 2006
    9
    On "Pick a Bigger Weapon" The Coup yet again succeed on every level. Deeply political without being dogmatic or didactic, hilariousand On "Pick a Bigger Weapon" The Coup yet again succeed on every level. Deeply political without being dogmatic or didactic, hilariousand heartbreaking, both smart and fun as hell, this album really has everything you could want in a record. The rare realization of such cliche statements of purpose as "it will make you dance and make you think." The rhymes are there, the beats are there, it's far and away the best album of the year thus far. Expand
  4. DrunkenMaster
    May 8, 2006
    9
    Awesome political hiphop. Pay absolutely no attention to the idiot from Stylus magazine: he is an idiot and their reviews suck more hose than Awesome political hiphop. Pay absolutely no attention to the idiot from Stylus magazine: he is an idiot and their reviews suck more hose than Roseanne Barr in a pickup outside redneck happy hour. "Laugh, Love, F**k" is the revolutionary party single of the year, hands down. Get down and revolutionary, sucka! Expand
  5. jojol
    Apr 30, 2006
    8
    the coup are always great--this album has great beats and socially aware lyrics. this is what hip hop SHOULD be. thank god for Boots the coup are always great--this album has great beats and socially aware lyrics. this is what hip hop SHOULD be. thank god for Boots Riley....go get all the other albums too! Expand
  6. ToddS
    Jan 3, 2007
    8
    No one brings the funk like Coup. Definitely one of the better Hip-Hop releases of 2006. For those who are big fans of "Kill My Landlord" and No one brings the funk like Coup. Definitely one of the better Hip-Hop releases of 2006. For those who are big fans of "Kill My Landlord" and "Genocide and Juice," this album will take some time to grow on you, as it takes off where "Party Music Left Off." However with one listen to "Ijuswannalayaroundalldayinbedwithyou," you might be hooked. Keep the party and the revolution goin'! Expand