Thievery Corporation - The Cosmic Game
To quote from the sticker on the front...
The new highly anticipated Thievery Corporation LP containing 16 original compositions including special guest appearances by David Byrne, Perry farrell and the Flaming Lips. A kaleidoscopic swirl of pyschedelia, club, Indian, rock, Brazilian, easy-listening and other worldy influences.
Well I can't say I was anticipating this release. I had heard previous stuff and was left somewhat cold by it. It didn't grab my attention.
I really picked this up because of the fact that it was 4 discs cut at 45rpm at a decent price. (27.5 euro and I could have got it cheaper).
It is a great mixture of music. It has all that is mentioned above and more. Its a delight to listen to. And there's so much to choose from. There is an awful lot going on in each track. track two, 'Warning shots', has Sleepy Wonder(whoever he is) rapping over a brilliant musical beat. But in the background we have a mighty Indian vocal being sung by Gunjan. Gunjan again provides a gorgeous female Indian vocal on Satyam Shivam Sundaram backed up by some fine sitar playing.
Amerimacka lets Verny Varela sing over a micture of a nice reggae vibe and a chilled out beat. We go Brazilian for Sol tapado while david Byrne provides his own unique vocal for a more upbeat 'The heart's a lonely hunter'. This was a single and may be the track you've heard.
This is a fine chill out album and as good as if not better than any of the compilations out there.
For myself though i would like to hear a little more variety in tempo. But that is, perhaps, unfair and Thievery Corporation have succeeded admirably in what they hoped to achieve. A classic blend of musical flavours from around the world presented to you in one easy listening album. Perhaps I should just buy the 12"s with the remixes.
While undoubtedly a digital recording, the sound off these discs is both impressive and immaculate. Bass is excellent. Dynamic range very good and soundstage excellent. It sounds great at any level. I just hate to think of all those DJs around the world getting their greasy fingerprints on these pristine slabs of vinyl.