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There's no English analog for the Portuguese word saudade, which translates roughly to a melancholic longing for someone or something from the past. The term so aptly fits Thievery Corporation's oeuvre (always wistful and dreamy) that it's a wonder this is the first time the D.C. duo have employed it as an album title. Looking to the sounds of Brazil–bossa nova, samba, tropicalia–for their seventh long-player, longtime musical partners Rob Garza and Eric Hilton deliver a set that evokes shimmering seascapes and poolside cocktails. It's the kind of album James Bond would put on for a romantic evening in Rio. Saudade's expressive acoustic guitars and placid string arrangements meld sweetly with delicate synths and gentle percussion, as a rotating cast of five female vocalists coo sensuous melodies. While many of these songs ("Quem Me Leva," the title track) are bold adventurers into new sonic territory, others, such as "Depth of My Soul" and "Firelight," are vintage Thievery Corporation with a Brazilian twist: deeply groovy and endlessly mesmerizing.

Customer Reviews

A great surprise

A beautiful record all the way through. Not what I expected at first. Sounds better each time I listen.


The entire album can take you to warm tropical resort with a Bond-esque Siren longing for both memories of the past and new discoveries.

A beautiful sound!

The album has a flow of elegance that radiates through the different vocalist. It is an album that expresses the roots of Thievery Corporation. It will take you on a journey through sound. Excellent album!


Formed: 1996 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Thievery Corporation make abstract, instrumental, midtempo dance music whose classification falls somewhere between trip-hop and acid jazz. Featuring the production skills of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, Thievery Corporation released several warmly received singles on their own Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) label (named after their own Washington, D.C. bar and nightclub) in 1996. Although previously known primarily among acid jazz and rare-groove DJs, the group shot to minor celebrity when a track...
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