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Thievery Corporation / Richest Man in Babylon, the
Album:Richest Man in Babylon, the Collection:General
Artist:Thievery Corporation Added:Oct 2002
Label:Eighteenth St.Lounge Mus. 

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Add Date:2002-11-11 Pull Date:2003-01-13 Charts:RPM/Electronica
Week Ending:Jan 5Dec 29Dec 22Dec 15Dec 8Dec 1Nov 24Nov 17

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Album Review
Reviewed 2002-11-05 
Thievery Corporation: The Richest Man in Babylon Label: ESL Music
Rating (scale of 1-10, 10 being best): 7.5

Well, these guys are at it again w/ their wide range of trip-hop/electronica/downtempo that incorporates dub, world-music, M. Eastern, bossa-nova, and Latin. I think some of the dub work isn’t all that strong. But the Middle Eastern-influenced trip-hop tracks and the French (LouLou) tracks are good. Try: 1,2,5,7,8,9,15.

1. Pretty fem vocal (I thought it was Bjork for a second, but this singer is not as annoying), simple synths and lush synths
2. Like the title says – Facing East – Middle Eastern trip-hop w/ all the sounds & percussion
3. Basically dub – lots of reverbs & some jah-rasta-vocals – deep bassline
4. Middle Eastern flute & synths interlude
5. Echoe-y soft female vocals by French chanteuse– breathy loungey trip-hop with some nice touches (tablas & synths) – very nice track
6. Reverbed synths & bass, like dub music, w/ breathy vocals – got that swank lounge guitar
7. Sinister spy bassline w/ some M.Eastern touches – chanteuse LouLou sings in French, which for some reason is really sexy here
8. Bossa-nova lounge – soft male vocals in Portuguese w/ some lush synths & mellow guitar
9. Afro-Cuban sound now – Spanish male vocals, lots of congas, smoky synths, dubby bass
10. Space-y synths & a rasta vocal loop, big bass & thick trip-hop beats – most dance-y track yet
11. Reggae-dub mixed w/ some trip-hop beats – somehow works well here
12. Instrumental w/ big horns, dub-ish effects, stylish funky bassline
13. Big loopy dub – lots of reverbed synths & effects, rasta-man vox (Shinehead), deep bassline
14. Kind of like Bjork/Portishead-style trip-hop
15. Instrumental track - lots of synths, dubby bassline, trip hop beats breakdown

Track Listing
1.Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eye 8.Meu Destino
2.Facing East 9.Exilio
3.The Outernationalist 10.From Creation
4.Interlude 11.The Richest Man in Babylon
5.Omid (Hope) 12.Liberation Front
6.All that We Perceive 13.The State of the Union
7.Un Simple Histoire 14.Until the Morning