Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. Sure, it could've been worse, but it also could've been slightly different.
  3. The Richest Man In Babylon is strictly background fare. If you run a coffeeshop, you’re cooking with gas.
  4. Q Magazine
    Settles for inoffensiveness rather than innovation. [Oct 2002, p.118]
  5. The tunes just circle like SUVs in a parking lot; there are traces of a head of steam, of a nod towards explosive tune-structures, but it seems the ball is dropped at the last minute in favour of a holding-pattern approach -- the familiar bassline and chorused keys. It's a letdown.
  6. Blender
    While perfectly accomplished, this is big-budget background noise, purpose-built for any one of the plush cocktail bars it's soon to be endlessly played in, but lacking anything as distinct as, say, a personality of its own. [#10, p.130]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 3, 2017
    Really enjoyed listening to it. I recommend this to other people as well.Really enjoyed listening to it. I recommend this to other people as well.
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  2. PaulD
    Apr 12, 2010
    One of my favorite all-time albums.
    Aug 13, 2005
    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...