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  • Audio CD (Sept. 23 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Distribution Select (Music)
  • ASIN: B001DDBD72
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Internationally acclaimed artists Thievery Corporation release their 5th studio album entitled Radio Retaliation on ESL Music. With Radio Retaliation Thievery Corporation raise the bar with a new cast of musical collaborators including; 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 DC's own go-go originator Chuck Brown. Also returning are long time co-conspirators Sleepy Wonder, LouLou, Notch, Zee, and Verny Varela.

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As usual Thievery Corporation puts out great electro reggae.The music is no disappointment. It's unfortunate that other things about this release overshadow the music. The packaging stands out as the most ludicrous I have ever experienced. Open the cardboard case and the cd falls out with nowhere to secure it. To get info on the cd you have to unfold a poster. This is bull for those of us that just want to enjoy the music and know a bit about the recording. It's either incredibly arrogant of T.C. or stupid of the manufacturer to think people would enjoy this process. The music is 4.5. the packaging is 0!
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HASH(0x9b0d2e34) out of 5 stars A beautiful collage Sept. 24 2008
By M. Stanojlovic - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's often said that if a piece affects a person emotionally, the piece is a work of art. Thievery Corporation's latest album, Radio Retaliation, is that work of art.

There is something about listening to T.C. once again since their release of Versions that, in a strange way, elevates their music and makes it sound that much richer.

Without giving away too much information, I'll write my own comments on each of the tracks. I am a big audiophile and a musicphile, so your own experience may differ, however.

Firstly, this music is pretty psychadelic and contains lots of rich beats through the use of bass and percussion instruments, so it's my recommendation that you listen to this album -- as well as any other T.C. album -- on a quality sound system! Now then...

Sound the Alarm - This track starts off the album in a classic TC way, a multitude of Euro and African genres come into play to a nice, bass-rich beat. Definetely a great intro track.

Mandala - At first, this sounds like "yet another TC track", but you're in for a big surprise half-way through which I won't spoil. Let's just say that it sounds amazing. The entire track has a very nostalgic feeling to it, and is primarily an Eastern/Indian track, but a very powerful one at that. Once again, nice high-tempo bass is playing throughout.

Radio Retaliation - Very Reggae influenced track, following in the footsteps of "The Richest Man in Babylon" track a previous TC album. Nevertheless, a very laid back track that is just so damn catchy. Nice Jamaican-styled singing.

Vampires - Vampires seems to be inspired by David Byrne's collaboration with TC, as it appears to borrow quite a few beats and voice patterns from it. Nevertheless, this is a relaxing, classic track. For the best experience, I'd play it during night time :), as it contains relaxing jazzy elements throughout. You will not be dissapointed! On top of all this, it circles back to Mandala in a nice way :).

Hare Krisna - Nice, upbeat track. The lyrics are foreign so I can't comment too much on those, however it sounds beautiful, romantic almost. Basically, this is a typical TC track because it borrows quite nicely from a few genres. 70s rock, jazz, mambo, lounge, just to name a few, and plenty of bass line to top it off.

El Pueblo Unido - Another dancy track, but relaxing at the same time. The vocals are similar to one of TC's previous tracks, Exilio, but alas I can't understand Cuban! Not much to be said other than it's a very upbeat track and very cheery. You won't be dissapointed with this one. One of the things I admire is the way that the chorus builds up over time each time it's sang, a definite bonus in making the track sound more powerful each passing moment.

(The Forgotten People) - Very heavy Persian beats. I love it to be honest, because it sounds really psychadelic with a tiny bit of electronica thrown in to make it interesting. An instant classic, it sounds very atmospheric at parts and borrows styles from many different cultures, but primarily from the East.

33 Degree - This is a downtempo track, and it sounds pleasant. It's a standard TC track in that it's lyrics are primarily political, dealing with America and democracy. It's a lot like Amerimacka, one of TC's older, politically influenced tracks, but the lyrics sound more powerful in what they speak. Worth listening to if you want something relaxing to play in the background, because the vocals blend nicely into the music. Once again, I think it's best listened to during night time in a quiet area :).

Beautiful Drug - Finally! A romantic song. It is very slow and very soft, the vocals remind me of "Le Monde", a previous TC track, however this time around the lyrics are in English, and they are beautifully composed. It's an interesting composition because it has English singing and European inspired instruments, which makes it sound nostalgic in a way (if you're European anyway ;)). Worth every penny.

La Femme Parallel - Beautiful French track. It has no past equivalent, so it should be a "fresh" track to TC fans. It's very down tempo, although it's heavy on the bass, you won't be dissapointed. I can't understand French so I don't know what the song is about, but it sort of fits into a moody, mysterious setting. I picture a sad, rainy day to be honest. Again, a tiny bit of electronica is provided to make things interesting and remind you that you're listening to TC and not Gotan Project :).

Retaliation Suite - Reminds me of "International Flight" for some reason, a track on one of TC's mixes albums. But it's a very nice, jazzy track. Bass isn't as loud in this track as it is in some of the others, because the track mainly relies on regular and congo drums -- and of course, lots of saxophone! A TC classic by any other name, it's definetely pleasant hearing it, and to be honest it puts me to sleep :).

The Numbers Game - Back to some 80s, it's a very groovy track. It's got so many different styles in it, its hard to describe it, but it's got a bit of funk to it, some congo drums, a bit of jazz, and plenty of psychadelia. Uses the bass line appropriately. It's a keeper.

The Shining Path - A very psychadelic track, The Shining Path has a militaristic beat to it, while remaining on the border between lounge and triphop. Once again it has a nice funky guitar, with atmospheric piano being played in the background. Another night-time track in my opinion. Composed beautifully.

Blasting Through the City - Back to some reggae, this track is interestingly similar to Amerimacka, very downtempo and just a very "TC" track -- if that's even an expression :). Heavy on the political lyrics, it's just a nice background track, so if you own a store or similar and you want some music for your customers, this track should be part of your mix!

Sweet Tides - A beautiful, romantic ending. Sweet Tides is a very quiet track, and you shouldn't expect a TC album to end any other way. This is another track that sounds very nostalgic, and makes the album worth every penny (even though it's inexpensive enough as it is!). And although it's a very simple track, I have no complaints. It's got a nice beat, nice bassy guitar and good drumming. Accompied by romantic lyrics, you need nothing else to end another great TC album.

So, the bottom line. To buy or not to buy?

Well, if this isn't the first time you've heard Thievery Corporation, you will not be dissapointed by this album. And for crying out loud it's only $13($17 CDN)! So go get it and enjoy every moment of it.

If someone recommended TC to you for the first time, my honest advice as a big fan is to start from the beginning, with their first album, Sounds from The Thievery Hi-Fi and go on from there, because you'll get to experience how Hilton and Garza, the artists behind Thievery Corporation, progressed their style over time.

All in all, a great album and worth every. single. penny.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0d2e88) out of 5 stars a miss for older fans.... Feb. 17 2009
By W. BIGSBY - Published on
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I had to make this a review, from a comment earlier, after reading so many reviews that called this the "best theivery corp album yet". That opinion is one of a newfound fan of this duo, but for older fans, something is fishy here.
This album displays a huge lack of effort from a group who has previously frontiered their genre. After giving it a listen, I found that many, if not all, of the songs had samples recycled from previous albums. In some cases, they were not even recycled, they were just used again, in the exact same form! As far as the vocals go, there was little to no prduction on them post recording, which is a strange thing for T.C. The release of The Cosmic Game was a nice movement from their records before that in a new, more rock oriented direction, with a flourish of full production work, all new material and work that seemed to be really toiled over. This release just kind of shuffles it's feet in the way that the remix albums usually do. It's almost as if they fell backward, into the trends from around the Versions/Abductions days. I hate to write a bad review for a band I've loved for so long, but there's nothing new here. For newfound fans of the group, you could own this album and love it, but if you eventually purchase Mirror Conspiracy, Richest Man in Babylon, and Cosmic Game, you'll find that this album was a wash. For old time fans of Thievery, it's definately amiss, don't bother. It seriously feels like it was completed in a week.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0d42dc) out of 5 stars not their best best - really like a 3.75... Sept. 24 2008
By kinopku - Published on
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while better than 98% of music ever created, this is definitely thievery's worst effort to date on a non-remix album. i dont mean to complain about a very good product, but this album had more of the feel of an artist showcase than of a thievery corporation album. of course, thievery have collaborated with artists successfully throughout their career. but with this album, the guest artists seem to be what's featured while thievery provide background music. i dont have any other musically technical terms to describe it with, but it's the difference between thievery using elements of afro-beat to make a great track versus them actually going ahead and making an afro-beat song just because they have femi-kuti singing. if i wanted a full on afro-beat song, i might pick up a femi-kuti album, but i listen to thievery for other reasons. and, because the music seems so particularly geared to particular artists, the album has an uneven feel to it in a way that ive never experienced with a thievery album. again, a good album and i will keep it in rotation for a long time, but they seem to have overextended a bit.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0d42c4) out of 5 stars Hitting their stride Oct. 6 2008
By Jorge Vicens - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A previous reviewer knocks them for not sounding like they did in their first two albums, then knocks them for sounding similar to their recent albums. I think this sounds better than the most recent ones. They have blended their style with more fast paced Afro-beats and Latin rhythms. I think they nailed it and I love that they are bringing in more guests and experimenting with different sounds. Mirror Conspiracy and Hi-Fi stand by themselves, no need to mimic the same style just because it worked so well for them 10 years ago.

As for the political aspects of their music, there is good reason for artists to be vocal about their views. This theme is recurring in a lot of music today as anti-establishment sentiment is growing; it should be no surprise that artists from oppressed cultures like those in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America are leading the charge. Art imitates life.. and true to the title of the album, this is their retaliation. Well done!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b0d4780) out of 5 stars magnum opus Sept. 26 2008
By Malcom Montague - Published on
Format: Audio CD
any thievery cd will blow me away but I think this is their most consistent effort yet. My favorite aspect of this album is that it is by far their most outspoken (anti)political album by far. Femi Kuti on vampires seals the deal for me. To all the reviewers who feel this is a lackluster outing I highly suggest you strap on the headphones and pay attention to some of the lyrics... this and cosmic game rely heavily on vocals and they are an integral part of this music experience... even if you don't know the language they are singing in...

Thievery Corporation and Fugazi are two of the best bands to ever exist the you've never heard of, and I don't think it's a coincidence that they are both from Washington, DC