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|1||Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes||4:10|
|6||All That We Perceive||3:46|
|7||Un Simple Histoire (A Simple Story)||3:45|
|8||Meu Destino (My Destiny)||3:29|
|11||The Richest Man In Babylon||3:50|
|13||The State Of The Union||4:28|
|14||Until The Morning||3:56|
The Richest Man In Babylon is the third full-length record from Thievery Corporation and finds this atmospheric Washington DC-based electronica duo indulging their esoteric chill-out impulses, blending far-flung world-music influences into a slick, high-production trip-hop cocktail. With an emphasis on keeping it organic, Thievery Corporation boast a radically different sound to their sterile, mechanical-sounding peers: "The Outernationalist" wraps its ethereal electronic synthplay in dub-tinged passages of trippy Rastfari mysticism, while "Facing East" blends wailing Bhangra vocals and whirling sitars into a hypnotic, downotempo whole. They're not exactly on the cutting-edge of this sort of thing--"Un Simple Histoire" and "All That We Perceive" could easily have slipped neatly onto Air's Moon Safari, while the rolling brass of "Liberation Front" bears an uncanny resemblance to Nightmares on Wax circa Car Boot Soul. But like the greatest bits of DJ Shadow's The Private Press, it's often hard to say exactly how these complex, soulful tracks were pieced together in the soulless environment of the studio. It's a cool, impressive achievement. --Louis Pattison
Top Customer Reviews
Their new album is another wicked blend of worldly beats and pieces, with an international cast of vocalists (including dreamy Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini, Jamaican deejay Shinehead and others) adding authenticity to this cruisey cocktail of Eastern, African, Jamaican and loungey European influences. Superbly packaged with a book of photojournalists' images from all around the globe, 'The Richest Man In Babylon' will take you on a hi-fi journey around the world in 57 minutes without having to leave the comfort of your own home.
The presentation has changed from 'Mirror's spying 'n' flying references - the outlook is more earthy, less technical. The CD came with a booklet of excellent black and white photojournalism images on good quality paper. The images feature people from areas which have inspired Thievery's music.
Their early dub style of 'Sounds' is most apparent in the 'Outernationist', and also appears in 'State of the Union' and the 'Richest Man in Babylon'. The title track is certainly the most commercial track here, featuring some Wailers style horns and a regular song structure.
The latin/bossa influence which came to the fore in 'Mirror' is represented by 'Meu Destino' and 'Exilo', both featuring male singing (as opposed to MCing) by Patrik De Santos and Verny Varela. The sound is lighter than previous Jazzanova-esque grooves such as 'Samba Tranquille'. 'Meu Destino' features nylon acoustic guitar by Ramon Gonzales.
Eastern music is represented by 'Facing East', and 'Interlude'. 'Facing East' features santur and tabla, and vocals, which are joined by a breakbeat a minute in.
However Thievery's strongest developing style is in the ambient-pop-breakbeat style which this album confirms as their trademark.Read more ›
Having bought the groups 2014 Saudade album which I loved, I was keen to listen to some of their back catalogue. This is the third album I’ve purchased and like the others this album does indeed offer an eclectic mixture of different sounds and cultural influences.
As other have said this offers pure global chill with good production and some scintillating world inspired sounds, it has a refreshing mix of beats and blends with some interesting international vocals from the dreamy Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini, Jamaican deejay Shinehead and others.
I can’t honestly say I like all the tracks on offer here, but again there are far more hits than misses.
What strikes me about this album is it's songs' similarities to 'Mirror Conspiracy', in two years the sound has not really progressed at all and is really just a continuation of more of the same. It feels as though it's had a bit more money thrown at it with more guest artists and vocalists but it still follows the same themes, instrumentation and, in some cases, melodies.
One criticism of Thievery Corporation is that it is very Coffee Table. It is inoffensive, it's a bleached and westernised version of ethnic music and it's oh so very 'cosmopolitan'. So very cosmopolitan that it is bound to be played during dinner parties, in coffee shops and in trendy wine bars everywhere. This is what puts me off. The music has got so polished and formulaic in it's approach that it has lost it's initial exciting edge. Although pleasant it has no real spark.
To be fair to the album it has it's good points with the opening 'Heavens Gonna Burn Your Eyes', 'Meu Destino', 'State of the Union' and title track, 'The Richest Man in Babylon'. It also features the unusual vocal talents of Emiliana Torrini which adds a little bit of interest to the well buffed sound. So it's not all doom and gloom.
The thing is that there's nothing really wrong with this album and if you've NOT got 'Mirror Conspiracy' then buy 'Richest Man in Babylon' but if your a fan of previous work it may seem all a bit flat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THE RICHEST SOUNDS IN BABYLON The usual high standard of Asian, Latin, Dub, Reggae and Bossa, and beats from the masters of chilled percussion. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Greg D