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The Thievery Corporation have always faced a bit of a quandary when it comes to reconciling their music and their message. While their lyrics and song titles often imply a fairly radical critique of Western power structures, their dreamy, seamlessly produced fusion of trip-hop and world beat would provide a far more convincing soundtrack for a mid-afternoon daydream than a revolution. Despite this apparent disjunction this Washington D.C.- based duo have nonetheless managed to produce a string of albums that can only be applauded for their effortless evocations of dub, boss nova, tropicalia and a myriad of other styles. Culture of Fear marks a happy return to the more placid waters of classic Thievery Corporation albums like The Mirror Conspiracy and Richest Man In Babylon. The album’s strongest moments occur when guests arrive to give some focus to its indisputably lovely, but sometimes meandering productions, as when Boston bred underground rapper Mr. Lif enlivens the title track with some incisive verses on mass media and surveillance culture.

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I have been a really huge fan of Thievery Corporation for a very long time and have loved everything they have done to this point but this just may be their best effort yet. This time around they have taken their signature sound up a notch with a smorgasbord of world sounds and some very scrumptious surprises. You will be so amazed with all of the guest tracks on this one with the likes of Mr. Lif, LouLou, Sleepy Wonder, Shana Halligan and so many more. Shana is by far the stand out here and has always been a favorite of mine from her days with Bitter:Sweet. If you know of her music your in for a real treat once again and if it's something new to you just save up your money because your going to want to but all of her music. I swear I have been listening to this all night and I'm in the best mood I have been in all darn day. I'm very happy that this album is finally out because we were in need of some really great music around here and I swear this one will not let you down.

Smooth As Always....

TC never disappoints. Highly recommend!

Solid addition to the Thievery Corp Collection

There isn't anything that hasn't been covered in the Thievery Corporation catalogue here, but that's a good thing. The album plays pretty seamless from start to finish, I would suspect though that I or you won't truely appreciate it until we have listened to it a good 20 or so times...but isn't that the way it is with every TC release? I remember not liking Radio Retaliation at first and now it is one of my favorites. If you own every TC album then you should buy this as it will give you something new to feed on, but if you are a first time listener...start at Mirror Conspiracy, The Richest Man in Babylon and then work you way to will appreciate this group a lot more! Cheers!


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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