The Cosmic Game - Thievery Corporation
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  • Summary: Perry Farrell, The Flaming Lips and David Byrne guest on the Washington D.C. duo's fourth artist LP.
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  1. The album is a whole effort, not just one or two overachieving songs that make the entire thing seem better than it really is. Along with Brazilian Girls, one of this year’s hotter electronic releases.
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    The rare album that works smoking alone, engaged in a postprandial conversation, or sharing a cigarette and scotch with a friend. [#14, p.101]
  3. You won't necessarily encounter anything substantially removed from their prior work, but you will witness the duo allowing new voices to assume a greater role in rocketing each song to some bright red futon in a distant region of the cosmos.
  4. The Cosmic Game displays much of what we've come to expect from Thievery: lush, down-tempo beats laced with authentic Jamaican and Latin flair.
  5. Thievery Corporation succeeds on The Cosmic Game by using collaborations to build on an established repertoire of instrumental music.
  6. Hampered by lazy beats and an overabundance of world-music window dressing. [25 Feb 2005, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. tess
    Dec 17, 2005
    10
    wicked album, one of the best from the ' thievery' to this date
  2. jay
    Feb 25, 2005
    10
    awesome chillout CD.
  3. EdwardJ
    Mar 22, 2005
    10
    I think it's ill. I feel like they turned the volume down a little and then put the speakers up against the window.
  4. Ryan
    Mar 2, 2005
    9
    Probably the best produced Thievery album to date...As usual it combines a wide arrange of musical styles. I personally think things get Probably the best produced Thievery album to date...As usual it combines a wide arrange of musical styles. I personally think things get slowed down a little with all the "world music" in the middle of the album but its Thievery , so it's not like they are total rubbish. Entertainment Weekly is very wrong about this disc, so pay no mind to them either. The guest spots work well, especially perry Farrell...contrary to what most people think, I actually like the opener with the Flamming Lips. The Corporation always continue to grow and evolve their distinct sound....looking forward to hearing these songs live. Expand
  5. JenniferS
    Mar 18, 2005
    9
    totally enjoyable
  6. [Anonymous]
    Mar 10, 2005
    9
    Unfortunately for all of us, Pam Bricker (the vocalist on Lebanese Blonde, among others) died in February. While this did not preclude her Unfortunately for all of us, Pam Bricker (the vocalist on Lebanese Blonde, among others) died in February. While this did not preclude her from being on this disc, she will not be on future releases. On to the review of the disc. Good, but not as strong, thematically, as Mirror Conspiracy. It's an excellent release. I love the opening tracks and the closing tracks. There is some fodder in the middle, but the last 5 songs are amazing. Expand
  7. Mikey-San
    Feb 23, 2005
    8
    The only reason I can't give this record a higher score is the weak opening track (and I say weak in comparison to the opening of The The only reason I can't give this record a higher score is the weak opening track (and I say weak in comparison to the opening of The Richest Man in Babylon's "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes") and the could-have-been-left-out "Wires and Watchtowers" later in the record. Also influencing the eight-not-nine vote was the lack of Ms Pam Bricker, whom I was truly anticipating, yet was disappointed to see absent from this outing. Perhaps in 2008, guys? Don't listen to Entertainment Weekly unless you're looking for Oakenfold. "Amerimacka" is Notch at his normal goodness, and "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" just might be the most beautiful Thievery track yet. Perry Farrell's vocals manage to work despite his best efforts, and David Byrne is near-perfect. Must for Thievery Fans, and non-fans should at least listen through once in a quiet room. Expand

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