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  • Summary: The Washington D.C.-based production duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are back with their third proper LP, following 2000's 'The Mirror Conspiracy.' Like its predessor, 'Babylon' is a multicultural mix of down-tempo instrumentals and vocal tracks, with Pam Bricker, Lou Lou, Notch, EmilianaThe Washington D.C.-based production duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are back with their third proper LP, following 2000's 'The Mirror Conspiracy.' Like its predessor, 'Babylon' is a multicultural mix of down-tempo instrumentals and vocal tracks, with Pam Bricker, Lou Lou, Notch, Emiliana Torrini, Sleepy Wonder and Shinehead providing the voices. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 90
    The essential internationalism that characterizes this global showcase of a disc is mind-blowing in both scope and quality.
  2. One of their more intriguing works to date, capably blending vocal theatrics, spritual exploration and subtle songcraft in one sitting.
  3. 80
    These Thieves have finally come into their own, developing a sound that's growing increasingly distinct. [Oct 2002, p.100]
  4. The Richest Man In Babylon is strictly background fare. If you run a coffeeshop, you’re cooking with gas.
  5. Playing exactly like past Thievery Corporation albums that sounded preordained from the start, The Richest Man In Babylon adopts various degrees of swagger and repose, but the cumulative effect is striking mostly for its vacancy.
  6. Sure, it could've been worse, but it also could've been slightly different.
  7. A career-low for Thievery Corporation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. PaulD
    Apr 12, 2010
    10
    One of my favorite all-time albums.
  2. VICKYK
    Aug 13, 2005
    10
    It's my favourite song...their live performance in Greece{26/07/2005} was fantastic!!Their chill out music really takes you in another world...
  3. JD
    Sep 20, 2002
    9
    I'd give it a ten if the first album was not my favorite. Big ups for pushing a political angle on some tracks in the dirtiest city in I'd give it a ten if the first album was not my favorite. Big ups for pushing a political angle on some tracks in the dirtiest city in the land, Washington DC. Nah sayers check your selves. Expand
  4. nunhg
    Apr 23, 2003
    9
    Great music. Live show is even better (New Orleans 04/22/03). Hope they keep up the great work and collaborations.
  5. Frank
    Apr 23, 2005
    9
    Good chillout album, as are most of theirs. Have not yet heard their newest, "Cosmic Game" cd, but have all of their others. I would rate all Good chillout album, as are most of theirs. Have not yet heard their newest, "Cosmic Game" cd, but have all of their others. I would rate all of theirs with a 9 save for "The Outernational Sound" which I would give a 9.5, and "Babylon Rewound" which I would give a 5 - it just didn't hit my ears the right way. Expand
  6. RussellS
    Oct 7, 2002
    8
    Sitar, tablas, and that Mediterranean type of percussion that makes snakes shimmy, and smoke curl around vines. Hynotic, exotic, sensual, and Sitar, tablas, and that Mediterranean type of percussion that makes snakes shimmy, and smoke curl around vines. Hynotic, exotic, sensual, and organic - a literal Zamfir on Quaaludes. Expand
  7. eddys
    Oct 6, 2002
    7
    Thievery Corporation deliver an aural travel-brochure, not so much of authentic worldmusic, but of their own individual, idealised, sometimes Thievery Corporation deliver an aural travel-brochure, not so much of authentic worldmusic, but of their own individual, idealised, sometimes cliched, vision of globalism. Creating an ethnic music for that global tribe dwelling in loungebars, boutiques and salons around the world. Expand

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