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Culture Of Fear [CD]

Thievery Corporation Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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When they met in the mid-1990s, Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton and Rob Garza instantly bonded over their shared passion for bossa nova. Dedicating their 1996 debut Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi to bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Washington, D.C.-based duo have spent nearly two decades creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music partly inspired by bossa ... Read more in Amazon's Thievery Corporation Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B0050I2OKG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Web Of Deception 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Culture Of Fear 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Take My Soul 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Light Flares 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Stargazer 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Where It All Starts 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tower Seven 7:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Is It Over? 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. False Flag Dub 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Safar (The Journey) 1:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fragments 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Overstand 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Free 4:020.99  Buy MP3 

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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When Eric Hilton and Rob Garza came together to form Thievery Corporation in 1995, the two Washington D.C.-based musicians and DJs were breaking new ground. Taking inspiration from British trip-hop artists like Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead, Thievery Corporation successfully combined downtempo electronica grooves with reggae and R&B sounds to create songs that were both musically challenging and great to dance to.
In addition, more than any other band since U2, Hilton and Garza have always written lyrics that reflected the duo's radical politics while still maintaining a groove that makes their missives palatable.
"Culture of Fear" is Thievery Corporation's sixth album, and the collective's old fans will likely find a lot to enjoy on it.
Their trademark mixture of real instruments, electronic textures and phrases that encapsulate everything from Brazilian bossa nova to old-school Jamaican dub are solidly intact.
The juxtaposition of grooves is still profound and disturbing when it needs to be and light and dreamy when the going gets tough, but repeated plays of the new disc also reveal a band in a holding pattern.
And, while that's not necessarily a bad thing -- if something isn't broken, why fix it? -- there is sometimes a creeping sense of sameness to the tracks on the new album that has never been present before.
The title track is by far the best song on the album. Voiced by hip-hop artist Mr. Lif, the song encapsulates all of the politics and justifiable paranoia that have been Thievery Corporation's stock and trade from the outset. It is a crucial, cutting edge song that is, by itself, reason enough to buy the album. Still, one wishes that the rest of the songs lived up to the high bar set by Mr. Lif.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thievery business as usual... 10 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I didn't like this album at all at first - I've been a big Thievery fan from the beginning but on first listen, this sounded like a bunch of rejected tracks that hadn't made it onto previous albums - the same low-key bass, the same breathy vocals from Lou Lou, the same cod-reggae, the same "THIEVERY CAAARPARAYSHAAN!" sample (how many times??)

But with subsequent listens, the subtle variations they've made to their sound come through - and subtle they are, in no way making the bold creative steps that feature on the Mirror Conspiracy and Richest Man in Babylon albums.

Thievery aren't breaking new ground here as has been said in other reviews - they have their own template and are sticking rigidly to it - but in spite of its sameness, I still think this is a leaner and better effort than Radio Retaliation, which suffered from too many weak tracks and its sometimes less-than-successful attempts at world music fusion.

For newcomers, this is an OK intro to Thievery but you'd be better off listening to their first three efforts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of good craftmanship 30 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Personally I love Thievery's previous album - Radio Retaliation - which I listen to almost every day. Culture of Fear is ok, but not my favourite one. I would rate it for three and a half. It is still a good piece of music but it does not make me to fall on my knees and praise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The duo is still delivering the goods 3 Aug 2014
Format:Audio CD
Even though Thievery have been going for quite a while now and with a few ups and downs, this album is a good one. It features tracks that are characteristic of the Thievery sound and which are quite pleasing to the ear.

I have to say though that it has just that one track that makes up for everything: Fragments. To me, this is just one of the best tracks Thievery has put out there, if not THE best. As soon as the beam hit that track, I was just gobsmacked; have been listening to it for months and months now and I am still mesmerised when it plays.

Definitely worth a listen and even the purchase - but in all cases, make sure you add 'Fragments' to your music collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fab TC release 19 Aug 2014
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Great album great music very varied and some deep funny funny bass. All releases from TC are brilliant.
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