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Thievery business as usual...
on 10 September 2011
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.