Thievery Corporation / Radio Retaliation
Album: Radio Retaliation   Collection:General
Artist:Thievery Corporation   Added:Oct 2008
Label:Esl Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-11-02 Pull Date: 2009-01-04
Week Ending: Jan 4 Dec 28 Dec 21 Dec 14 Dec 7 Nov 30 Nov 23 Nov 16
Airplays: 5 2 1 4 4 4 2 4

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 10, 2021: Mix Tape: Sh'mini
4. Feb 20, 2014: Sunshine . . . on a Birthday Afternoon!
2. Jan 27, 2016: radio seven
Sound The Alarm
5. Sep 03, 2013: Good Day Sunshine!
The Numbers Game, Vampires
3. Nov 09, 2015: Happy Hour
Blasting Through The City
6. Apr 29, 2013: Happy Hour
Blasting Through The City

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2008-10-29
Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation
Reviewed by Sadie O., 10/24/08
Stylistically all over the map (quite literally) – Reggae, Indian, Latin, Funk, Folky/Spacey… Many different vocalists. Most tracks are excellent – political and/or philosophical lyrics, strong musicianship. A few tracks are a bit too spacey-pretty for my tastes, but on the whole a terrific package (although I personally find the packaging annoying as hell!)
FCC on track 11, sadly. I like all of the first 8 tracks, and 12 and 14.
1. 3:41 ***siren, then uptempo reggae skank, nicely aggressive.
2. 4:01 ***spacy hand percussion and drones, sitar. Scratching fits right in – interesting stuff!
3. 3:27 ***starts with bit of toasting, then midtempo roots skank. Great sound, and lyrics made for radio.
4. 4:57 ***funky cool upbeat percussion, chimes –Soul Makossa feel.
5. 3:36 **downbeat funky worldbeat groove. Vocals appear to be in Brazilian Portuguese – I guess the relation to Krishna is all in the translation, not the sound.
6. 3:29 ***sweet and energetic Latin groove, lovely vocal harmonies, in Spanish.
7. 3:11 ***lovely flute intro, midtempo hand percussion, mysterious vibe. Instrumental – excellent.
8. 3:48 ***swingy, jazzy, hip hoppy, relaxed and groovy, hip hop vocals in English.
9. 3:28 *trancey, breathy, very downbeat, female vocals. Actually puts me to sleep, but there are worse ways to go.
10. 4:29 *also trancey, downbeat and breathy, with electronic whooshes, pretty female vocals, this time in French.
11. 2:54 FCC: “motherfuckers” X 2 **electronic squeebles intro, then upbeat midtempo jazzy instrumental with an island feel in the percussion. Bit of recording of fiery speech, beboppy clarinet solo.
12. 3:04 ****straight up funk, male soul singing, great lyrics. Marvin Gaye would be proud.
13. 3:38 *lowkey echo-y electronics, building gradually to a swingy groove with lots of spacey sounds, instrumental. Gets better as it goes along.
14. 3:34 ***long intro, then very downtempo reggae skank, fine vocals, electronic boops.
15. 4:49 very slow, folky, anthemic chord structure, but in a very relaxed and spacey way, breathy female vocals. You can do that Grateful Dead dance where they wave their hands and twirl around…

Track Listing
1. Sound The Alarm   8. 33 Degrees
2. Mandala   9. Beautiful Drug
3. Radio Retaliation   10. La Femme Parallel
4. Vampires   11. Retaliation Suite
5. Hare Krishna   12. The Numbers Game
6. El Pueblo Unido   13. The Shining Path
7. (The Forgotten People)   14. Blasting Through The City
  15. Sweet Tides