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Cosmic Game

Thievery CorporationAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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When they met in the mid-1990s, Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton and Rob Garza instantly bonded over their shared passion for bossa nova. Dedicating their 1996 debut Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi to bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Washington, D.C.-based duo have spent nearly two decades creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music partly inspired by bossa ... Read more in Amazon's Thievery Corporation Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • ASIN: B0006ZXJ3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's always been a psychedelic edge to Rob Garza and Eric Hilton's Thievery Corporation project. 2000's Mirror Conspiracy is a downtempo classic precisely because of its druggy expansiveness; sober listeners and saucer-eyed trippers alike could find common ground. Similarly esoteric and nocturnal, The Cosmic Game floats around the room on a wave of mystic beats and guest vocals from Perry Farrell, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne, and David Byrne. Garza and Hilton are less devoted to non-electronic sources here than they were on The Richest Man in Babylon or The Outernational Sound, though their fascination with dub rhythms and world music remains intact. A fair amount of armchair travel is involved as you go from the late, late-night, beach-club-in-Jamaica sound of "Amerimacka," to the Brazilian percussion of "Ambicion Eterna" and "Pela Janela." But more than anything, the record feels like a return to the duo's own ethereal sonic roots. It's a nice blend of their music over the last half-decade for longtime fans, and a hazy glide down the rabbit hole for newcomers. --Matthew Cooke

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The most fully-realized Thievery set to date, their fourth studio record packs an all-star punch, with cameos by FLAMING LIPS, PERRY FARRELL, DAVID BYRNE, and more of their usually lovely futuristic bossa/lounge/downtempo sound. Check out ThieveryCorporation.com to launch soon.

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thievery steals my heart. February 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is a bit of a departure from "The Richest Man in Babylon," but I doubt you'll miss the change. The emphasis is back on world beats and smooth electronic sounds. Gone are the haunting vocals of Emiliana Torrini (from Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes), but there are some great appearances by other artists like Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction) and The Flaming Lips. For my money, this album is not as beautiful as previous entries in the Thievery discography, but it is a nice downtempo album that emphasizes the duo's talent at making music and not just making sounds.

If you're looking for a repeat of "The Richest Man in Babylon" you might be initially disappointed, but don't let that deter you from picking this album up. If you're a longtime Thievery fan, then you know what to expect and this album delivers in gold.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars: Grows on you March 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Thievery Corporation's 2005 release, "Cosmic Game" is one of those albums you gotta play a few times to fully get into. The truth is the duo combine quite a few more elements in here than in previous productions. There's the Middle Eastern and Oriental feels blended in with the classic bossa-based and chillout Thievery element, along with a fair amount of Reggae-based beats. The final mix sounds like Deep Forest-meets-Faithless-meets-Groove Armada, in some way, if that description makes any sense to you.

It's one refreshing album that will make you feel happy. Some of the songs do convey a sense of interstellar trip, so I guess the name was pretty well chosen. By all means, give it a chance. It truly grows on you.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I say THAT'S music! March 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Indeed, sir, there I was moseyin' out of the Barnyard Starbucks, when I hyear some pulsatin' beats droppin' out of a passing car. But not just yer regular chill beatz: these were drippin' with the very finest world-beat, coolin' down the block. I mean, my caramel latte suddenly became an ICED caramel latte, dig? So when I find out my crew the Thievery Corporation has a new CD out, I done wang-dang-doodled my way over to get me some. And hoo boy! This done hear hit me where I live! Perhaps a bit more poppy than 'Richest Man in Babylon,' but dang if I can't get enough of 'Warning Shots' (which sets the dance floor on fire where I dj), or Perry Farrell's turn on 'Revolution Solution.' TC have a way of turning the people ON to WORLD FLAVA, and I got no problem sayin' that WORLD FLAVA don't taste like chicken! A great CD, no doubt!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ecclectic mix March 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
with so many different artists collaborating on this cd, i don't know where to begin

i must say though, that having the flaming lips open with ' marching the hate machines into the sun' was a great beginning..

retaining a classic 'theivery' feel, you can really get the 'world music' vibe, with hints of reggae, indian, alt rock , etc

each track is well produced, and at the risk of sounding like a fanboy, there's none that i woudl skip over; the cd was just mastered so well that they all flow into each other

they've always been on my radar ( since i first heard the french version of lebanese blonde ) but this is my first disc from them, and i have no regrets
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making it look easy January 29, 2006
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After owning this album for many months, I am still quietly amazed. Can an album be political, spacey, aggressive, relaxed, serious, sexy, rocking, jazzy, trippy, and funky...yet flow and blend together seamlessly? It can, and The Cosmic Game makes it look easy. Like true gourmet chefs with a nice supply of exotic spices and ingredients, the masterminds at Thievery Corporation have crafted an amazing delicacy.

My first impression, like that of many reviewers, was that this was business as usual for these guys. But there's something to be said for that. This group challenges itself to constantly enrich and inform its aesthetic, reaching further and expanding its repertoire of styles and source material. The fact that it doesn't look like they're trying is a testament to how good they are. This album builds on what they've learned, ambitiously stretches, and ultimately succeeds.

Garza and Hilton are nothing if not adventurous. They continue to enrich our lives with their masterful synthesis of rhythm and music. The Cosmic Game is another of their recipes definitely worth sampling.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good summing up of the last few albums March 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I got this the day it came out and it was quite good. What it really reminds me of is a cross between Mirror Conspiracy and Richest Man in the sense that it has the lyrical tone and overall darker/moodier sense of Richest Man (not that it sounds evil or anything) with the more electronic sounds and catchier hooks of Mirror Conspiracy (which is easily their most accessible album). What I always love reading are the split opinions of everything they've done since about 2000 or so. It seems that the reviews are either a) the latest release is the best thing they've ever done or b) Sounds From...was the best thing ever done and everything since then sucks and is repetitive. True, SF was a great and very original sound at the time, but it's very spare, and had they repeated it, that would have been a terrible idea. So, as I see it, they first tried making catchier songs on Mirror Conspiracy, then tried adding new layers on Richest Man. Now, they've simply taken all the ideas they've had before, condensed them, and came out with Cosmic Game. This isn't a bad idea (Radiohead's Hail to the Thief did the same thing, with great results is my opinion). True, they've done the brief-pair-of-latin-flavored-songs-in-the-middle-of-the-album thing for the third straight album, but since the songs are short and good, so what? It's a trademark. I was glad to see the addition of new singer gunjan to many tracks, as she(?) has a lovely voice and adds for atmosphere, although Pam Bricker was missed (and will be, as she apparently passed away on Feb 20th). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Thievery Corporation CD.
I like all of the Thievery Corporation CDs, but this is my favorite. It is the only one that I like every blessed song which rarely happens, at least for me.
Published 2 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!!!!
This is the right type of Music for me!!!!! It's Sooooooo theroputic!!!!
It's Fantastic to study by and it sets the mood.
Published 2 months ago by deborah shaner
5.0 out of 5 stars An album you just gotta hear!
The Thievery Corporation - The Cosmic Game

Calling all "headphonaunts"............ Read more
Published 3 months ago by James W. Unger
2.0 out of 5 stars Love thievery...but not this one.
I was surprised, bored and disappointed with this> I pride myself on introducing Thievery Corporation to people and tell them--"just buy any album--they're all good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zendancer K.R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition
I went off of ratings and it was exactly what I asked for so, no complaints from me, the CD worked fine!
Published 11 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SONG!
Love this song. Great quality, great instruments. Mix between downtempo and trip hop, it varies from India, Saudi Arabia, UK, US, and everywhere else. it's definitely a journey. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Graziella Callado
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing
This album is a masterpiece, and any one who thinks that TC is depreciating in musical value does't understand that not every TC album is going to be a "chill" album. Read more
Published 20 months ago by R. Lentz
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I usually avoid albums that have guest singers throughout, and I must admit this is the one album i avoided by Thievery Corporation for that reason. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Merdith Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars where to begin
I like this group and pick and choose individual songs to buy. This album, however, delivered so many good songs I bought the whole thing. Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by threeA
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Trancy, Interesting, Well-Recorded Music...
What's not to like? This is my favorite TC album. The combo of "The Heart's a Lonely Hunter" (featuring David Byrne) followed by "Holographic Universe" is worth the price of... Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by Marks
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