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The Richest Man In Babylon

The Richest Man In Babylon

16 Sep 2002
4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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By GRP TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2015
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Thievery Corporation is an American band and their musical style mixes world musical elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, hip hop, electronic and Brazilian such as bossa nova

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.
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'The Richest Main In Babylon' is another example of how good Thievery C. are at what they are doing. This album is very similar to all others they have made in the past, but it is different enough to make it interesting. Songs are mellow, sensual, and show great skill. Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are obviously influenced by many musical styles (dub, reggae, bossa, latin, eastern oriented music, etc.), yet their albums are very cohesive and flow nicely from beginning to end.
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THE RICHEST SOUNDS IN BABYLON The usual high standard of Asian, Latin, Dub, Reggae and Bossa, and beats from the masters of chilled percussion. You can't really go wrong by collecting all of their albums to be fair. This particular album is more focused on the Modern Dub based sounds which T C are masters of creating and it is a joy to chill to. Look out for their DJ Kicks mix and all of their other albums. Plus - their remixes are pretty amazing aswell.
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My first foray into Thievery Corporation certainly won't be my last. A chance purchase after listening to a few sample tracks that sounded promising. On listening to the album in full, I'm convinced I've unearthed a true gem of global chill. Glorious production and some scintillating world inspired sounds, make this a truly classy cup of chill for the more discerning chill-meister. Maybe not revolutionary, but a refreshing mix of beats and blends that this genre has been crying out for. Top drawer.
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Washington DC's dapper downbeat duo Thievery Corporation have been pimping some of the genre's most finely-tailored grooves for quite some time now, and have joined Kruder & Dorfmeister and a handful of others at the top of the "downbeat" field.
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.
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The Richest Man In Babylon shows Thievery's style crystallised; the influences that have all been prominent on 'Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi' and 'The Mirror Conspiracy' are here made Thievery's own, being incorporated with Thievery's smooth measured breakbeats and synth atmospherics. The production is uniformly excellent and sounds even slicker than 'Mirror', and is more cohesive. Rob Garza and Eric Hiltons unflinching attention to detail is apparent everywhere.
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.
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loved this album. all the best of chillout with some surprises thrown in for good measure. 'heavens...' lovely mellow start to this album belies what is to come as it flows juicily into the lush bhangra beat of 'facing east' followed surprisingly by 'the outernationalist' more than welcome surprise i hasten to add. Short'interlude' literally before taking the listener anywhere and everywhere theyve ever wanted to go. Recommend listening to this on a long journey. Plug in the mp3 and....go.
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