Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation

September 30, 2008

For their latest release, Radio Retaliation, Washington D.C. based Thievery Corporation (Rob Garza and Eric Hilton) decided to make an album with a more overtly political bent, and towards that end, they collaborated on tracks with an impressive roster of international musicians. The roster includes, to quote their press, “Nigeria’s afro-beat heir Femi Kuti, Brazilian star vocalist and guitarist Seu Jorge, Indian sitar virtuoso Anushka Shankar, Slovakian chanteuse and violinist Jana Andevska, and Washington D.C.’s own go-go originator Chuck Brown.” The results are mostly good and often great, though, no doubt owing to the broad range of their musical collaborations, Radio Retaliation sometimes loses a sense of cohesiveness and stops seeming like a Thievery Corporation record. Nevertheless, enough of their trademark masterful blend of electronica, downtempo, dub, jazz, lounge and world music elements can be heard here to make this rank as a good, if not great Thievery Corporation release. Standout cuts: “Radio Retaliation,” “Vampires,” “Beautiful Drug” and “La Femme Parallel.”


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