The Cosmic Game

  • Record Label: ESL
  • Release Date: Feb 22, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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.
  2. Filter
    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. So darkly delicious you have to admit it's their masterwork.
  4. Their most focused and captivating work to date.
  5. 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.
  6. Thievery Corporation succeeds on The Cosmic Game by using collaborations to build on an established repertoire of instrumental music.
  7. Q Magazine
    Here the diverse mix of everything from jazz funk to Pink Floyd seems better realised. [Mar 2005, p.101]
  8. Under The Radar
    Almost too coherent, but it's a fantastic background for unwinding after the afterparty. [#9]
  9. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    My favorite album from a band who puts on one of the best live shows you'll ever see.
  2. tess
    Dec 17, 2005
    wicked album, one of the best from the ' thievery' to this date
  3. EdwardJ
    Mar 22, 2005
    I think it's ill. I feel like they turned the volume down a little and then put the speakers up against the window.