Choose Your Weapon

Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2015 Ratings: #155 / 985
User Score
Based on 264 ratings
2015 Ratings: #69
Liked by 16 people
May 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Flying Buddha / Label
Hiatus Kaiyote / Producer
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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.
Milosummers
100

Redoing this review because this deserves some LOVE. This album never does what you expect it to do, Hiatus Kaiyote like a metre change in particular. My favourite example of this is probably the switch from 4/4 to 6/8 on Jekyll + that piano riff, perfection. The creativity on this is off the chart, Nai Palm’s signature vocals fit so well with the dense instrumentals. the vocal harmony and instrumental countermelodies together make some of the most complex music made in the 2010s. The ... read more

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.

fraterang
96

Hiatus Kaiyote pulls all the stops on Choose Your Weapon. At times it feels cinematic, in others, it is intimately textured and entrancing. Nai Palm's voice never ceases to draw you in, and the lyrics are infinitely imaginative.

Favorite tracks:

Fingerprints, Borderline with my Atoms, Molasses

Milosummers
100

Redoing this review because this deserves some LOVE. This album never does what you expect it to do, Hiatus Kaiyote like a metre change in particular. My favourite example of this is probably the switch from 4/4 to 6/8 on Jekyll + that piano riff, perfection. The creativity on this is off the chart, Nai Palm’s signature vocals fit so well with the dense instrumentals. the vocal harmony and instrumental countermelodies together make some of the most complex music made in the 2010s. The ... read more

100

Amazing dope album fresh R&b amazing unique classic favorite song. Breathing Underwater Building a Ladder Molasses Awesome album good music sounds beautiful good vibes. Love song. Listen still listen grown music

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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

Year End Lists

#11/Okayplayer
#15/FasterLouder
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Added on: March 29, 2015