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Album Review

With their fondness for Oscar Wilde quotes and inclusion in Wind-Up Records' roster — a place normally reserved for post-grunge and alt-metal groups — Company of Thieves know how to set themselves apart from the pack. Musically, however, the band doesn't quite establish a unique personality with Ordinary Riches, originally released in 2007 as the band's independent debut. Singer Genevieve Schatz confidently steers the album's best number, "Oscar Wilde," with a mix of belty choruses and girlish verses, sighing through the high notes with breathy sex appeal. Meanwhile, guitarist Marc Walloch alternates between arpeggiated chords and swirling riffs, all of which he reprises throughout the record to diverse effect. Where the group falters, though, is in the actual songwriting, which yields several standout tracks ("Quiet on the Front," with its harmonica-filled intro, and the neo-jazz tune "In Passing") but also produces a good deal of alterna-rock filler. Few songs on Ordinary Riches are concise — only two tracks finish before the four-minute mark, and one does so with four short seconds to spare — which makes the filler songs all the more troublesome, since they often continue for upwards of five minutes. Had Company of Thieves reentered the studio on Wind-Up's dime, they may have left with more worthy partners to "Oscar Wilde." Instead, Ordinary Riches ends up sounding like a very good independent release swamped by major-label expectations.

Customer Reviews

Company of Thieves!!!

"REFRESHING" is the word that comes to mind first. They're original and distinct and they don't sound like everything else that's out there on the radio. And, each song on the album is different too. Their songs are about life. They speak on behalf of so many and therefore everyone can relate. It's one of those albums that you just never get tired of listening to. Gen's instrument, her voice, blends amazingly with the band (who are all, in their own right, VERY talented). This band is amazing live too and know how to treat their fans. Anyone who has ever been to one of their shows will agree I'm sure. Good luck to them. Can't wait for the next cd!!!

Buy The Album, See Them Now

This is an amazing debut album from a wonderful band. Mark's lead guitar tone pairs perfectly Genevieve's absolutely stunning vocals. Their overall sound is such a breath of fresh air in today's industry. The writing in their songs also displays a refreshing brevity in a sea of trite party anthems and stale love ballads. Buy the album, then see them live. You wont regret it. After singing along to tolerable top 40 music I am often left silent while listening to Company of Thieves, and Gene's voice. See them in concert and you'll be singing along though. Past The Sleep, Around The Block, Oscar Wilde will sweep you away in a dancing mood, while Quiet on The Front, Around The Block, and Evening In The Darkness will make you wonder how a young group can write such defiantly unique lyrics in that sea of party and love songs. If the album doesnt put a smile on your face, Gene's dancing on stage will.

I love them!

Company of Thieves really know how to make fantastic music! Genevieve Schatz's voice can be compared to nothing else! I heard about them from friends about a year ago when my friends' band opened for them in Indianapolis and raved about them from that point on. I saw them live in Bloomington this past October, and they absolutely blew me away. Even better, they are a down to earth group that plays music for all the right reasons. I cannot say enough good things about this album and the band, all you have to do is listen for yourself. Phenomenal.


Formed: 2006 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Company of Thieves are rooted in Chicago, IL, where vocalist Genevieve Schatz and guitarist Marc Walloch launched the co-ed indie rock group after striking up a friendship at Union Station. Mike Ortiz climbed aboard to handle drum duties, and the trio formed a unique sound that embraced both Fiona Apple's articulate songwriting and Denali's altera-rock muscle. Released independently in May 2007, the debut album Ordinary Riches helped the band boost its following in the Windy City, and Company of...
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