Hiatus Kaiyote   Choose Your Weapon
3.9
excellent
Release Date: 05/2015
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5.0 classicthis is the best album that i\\\\\\\'ve (n)ever heard in my entire life. | April 7th 15

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3.0 goodLunaticSoul | June 27th 15

The tracks that truly shine are overwhelmed by a plethora of truly poor half-assed tracks that you can enjoy only if you're an hipster with ham in your ears. too bad since what it works, works really well

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5.0 classicJared Floryan | May 12th 15

This really is some multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit. Color me far more than just impressed. Never have I stumbled upon an album as adventurous, playful, or stimulating as Choose Your Weapon; sure, those sentiments might be magnified, but as you go on a journey through what Hiatus Kaiyote have on display, the words I speak will eventually transform into nothing except the truth.

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5.0 classicAlabaster Jones | May 5th 15

Utilizing a gorgeous combination of neo-soul, electronic, funk, rhythm and blues, jazz, world music, and the occasional sprinkling of hip-hop, Hiatus Kaiyote has released one of the most ambitious and gratifying records of the year so far. Though extensively eclectic, each song from the album contains a style, an image, that never wavers. This is a good thing, because that style is something all their own, dubbed "future soul", and it never fails to impress. From Nai Palm's sublime and intimate vocals to Perrin Moss' smooth-as-butter drumming, everything here sounds so passionate and involved that is hard not to fall in love with it. The lyrics might be written about simple things, like old video games for instance ("Atari"), but they're backed by a musical ensemble that is as complex and carefully structured as the newest video games out there. All this being said, it would be a sin to miss this record, as you might just be missing the evolution of "future soul."

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4.0 excellentBedex | October 14th 21

In some places this is a masterclass. Whilst it doesn't benefit as much from nostalgia and lacks perhaps an ultra flagship track a la Nakamarra, this one is immensely stronger as a record. It no longer feels like three singles amidst a series of cool but ultimately too short to be memorable interludes, and instead it feels like an album where the interludes have been nicely cut out for playlists. It boasts a fair bit of variety (there's even DnB on 12 like it is quite cool), and like LP1 gets bizarre at times, but unlike in LP1 it pretty much always flows well and the album just takes you from place to place in a smooth fashion - the only exception being 8 with its loud farty synth sounds which kind of rupture with the rest, though the everlasting groove and piano in the back do save it later on. The album loses a point in the last stretch because its runtime is quite long, and it could frankly do away with the okay but ultimately not riveting last track, in addition to the second half of the album feeling ever so slightly less captivating than the first. A strong 4.0

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4.5 superbPrincyAli | July 18th 21

Just a very very good project. 4.7/5 Favs: Shaolin Monk Motherfunk, Laputa, Borderline with My Atoms, Breathing Underwater, Fingerprints, Jekyll, Prince Minikid, Atari, By Fire, The Lung, Molasses, Building a Ladder

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3.0 goodjmh886 | December 2nd 15

started off great. dragged for the rest of the long album. enjoyable nonetheless.

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3.0 goodthestop5 | May 18th 15

6.5/10

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4.0 excellentRadicalEd | April 11th 15

Shaolin monk motherfunk is just about the best thing ever.

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