Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 31, 2012
    80
    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.
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    88
    WAVIP closes the album with an anti-climatic "we are all V.I.P." chant, the only dud on an album that otherwise makes even the hardest-hitting messages sound care-free and danceable.
  3. 70
    He [Boots Riley] validates his beliefs while simultaneously crafting an inspired rap-fusion record. In that respect, Sorry to Bother You is both a musical and argumentative success.
  4. Boots Riley has at his disposal a rich, seldom-tapped seam of scathing rhetoric and concrete metaphor and fleshes out leftist analysis with humanist muscle and poetic integument.
  5. Dec 4, 2012
    75
    It's a powerhouse collection. [No. 93, p.53]
  6. Nov 1, 2012
    72
    Holding all of this together, as always, is Riley's sharp humor.
  7. Nov 21, 2012
    70
    Riley's got the hooks and musical chops to make this a pretty good record.
  8. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    The Coup's sixth album recalls OutKast or The Roots at their boldest, and Riley's an engaging host. [Dec 2012, p.103]
  9. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    What makes this record successful, is exactly what Lupe refused to do on "The Great American Rap Album:" make enjoyable songs first and spread a message second.
  10. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    It's an admirably ambitious mix, often a bit too unruly.
  11. Nov 1, 2012
    70
    Music remains the Coup's ultimate sweetener, and here the jams hit hard like the words--from the big beat of opener "The Magic Clap" to the grimy guitar on "Land of 7 Billion Dances," departures from the smooth, soothing funk that was once this outfit's specialty.
  12. Oct 31, 2012
    91
    It's a concept album, a bold provocation, a statement, a riot, and a hell of a party to boot.
  13. 80
    The Coup [has a] breadth of musical settings, which range from indie guitar riffs to itchy techno pulses to a string quartet and French horns.
  14. 80
    The tracks are songs first, not manifestoes. The music is largely upbeat, even zany, with more than a hint of Outkast at its peak.
  15. Dec 6, 2012
    75
    With only a couple weak tracks, Sorry to Bother You is a better-than-solid effort; more hip-hop albums should be this ridiculously fun.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 5, 2012
    10
    Along with K.Lamar and Killer Mike, my favourite hip hop album of the year! Really good.
  2. Dec 14, 2012
    7
    Sorry to Bother You is a fantastic mix of Outkast and Public Enemy's style. Beautiful, engaging and fun. After twenty years of history of the group, The Coup are still manage to surprise. Great! Full Review »