Choose Your Weapon

Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2015 Ratings: #142 / 887
User Score
Based on 163 ratings
2015 Ratings: #56
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May 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Flying Buddha / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic
From track to track, one ingenious idea trails another. Vocal melodies and guitar wriggles sneak up and tickle the ears, burbling electronics mingle with spiny acoustic guitars, time signatures abruptly switch and stun.
90
HipHopDX

They make poignant soul that’s fresh sounding at all angles. Most importantly, Choose Your Weapon stands on its own as one of the year’s best albums.

83
A.V. Club
As intricate as Hiatus Kaiyote’s songs are on their surfaces, there’s even more to behold in their depths.
80
FasterLouder
Hiatus have loaded up as many genres as they could fit in this psychedelic jigsaw of a record.
80
Clash
The perfect accompaniment for anything vaguely summer-tinged.
80
The Guardian
This is a love letter to the whole of nature, a self-indulgent trip to the other side of consciousness, an experience you have to fully immerse yourself in to appreciate.
70
Exclaim!
As it stands, Hiatus Kaiyote have a great thing going — solid chemistry, unlimited potential — but function like they are still feeling out what they're capable of.
KIDWITHGUNs
88
AMAZING!

If you haven't been impressed with the works of art pop from the last decade, Melbourne neo-soul band "Hiatus Kayote" gotchu covered.

You want the good stuff, bro. You want the type of shit that keeps you on all 10 of your toes. You can start with the track: "Shaolin Monk Motherfunk", so you know exactly what we're dealing with.

You're hooked on that rusty reverb that blankets over watery piano chords to serve as the intro. It's a wonder how you've been ... read more
aaron
77
Oh me oh my, this album has aged well.
Guigss
89
It´s the jazziest art pop album of the year. The dissonant way of thinking textures makes us sure that these guys are as inventive as they are heart guided. Precious listening.
ireviewalbums
90
Almost five years later and i still haven't found a more immersive, thematically rich and ambitious project that attends this neo-soul, future jazz vibe. Choose Your Weapon falls flat in some songs, but as a whole it survives as one of the best albums in the decade.
SherlockMHolmes
70
I admire the ambition on display while simultaneously being underwhelmed by the finished product; it's aight.
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Year End Lists

#11/Okayplayer
#15/FasterLouder
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Track List

  1. Choose Your Weapon
  2. Shaolin Monk Motherfunk
  3. Laputa
  4. Creations Part One
  5. Borderline with My Atoms
  6. Breathing Underwater
  7. Cicada
  8. Swamp Thing
  9. Fingerprints
  10. Jekyll
  11. Prince Minikid
  12. Atari
  13. By Fire
  14. Creations Part Two
  15. The Lung
  16. Only Time All the Time: Making Friends with Studio Owl
  17. Molasses
  18. Building a Ladder
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Added on: March 29, 2015