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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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  • Vinyl (June 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ESL Music
  • ASIN: B0056K9U9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,035 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Web of Deception
2. Culture of Fear
3. Take My Soul
4. Light Flares
5. Stargazer
6. Where It All Starts
7. Tower Seven
8. Is It Over?
9. False Flag Dub
10. Safar (The Journey)
11. Fragments
12. Overstand
13. Free

Editorial Reviews

Thievery Corporation returns with their sixth original studio album Culture of Fear! Following up their incendiary and bombastic call to arms Radio Retaliation from 2008, this time around Eric Hilton and Rob Garza craft a simmering and hazy collection of atmospheric gems that recalls their early production work but reflects a thoroughly contemporary zeitgeist of socio-political angst and unease. Utilizing a team of skilled session players from their acclaimed live show and beyond, Culture of Fear finds the duo easing into expansive multipart space-jams like "Tower Seven" and jazzy instrumental b-boy breaks like "Light Flares." Not only are usual suspects like multilingual chanteuse Lou Lou and dancehall toaster Sleepy Wonder back to lend their haunting vocals, but several new contributors also join the Corporation. Renowned hip-hop MC Mr. Lif blazes the microphone on the title track "Culture of Fear" with a scathing flow that aims to uplift and enlighten as it does burn down babylon! Rising star Ras Puma also drops mystic incantations on "False Flag Dub" and the slow burning roots reggae throwback "Overstand." It's not all fire and brimstone however, as Shana Halligan of Bitter:Sweet coos sultrily over booming tribal rhythms on "Is it Over?", and newcomer Kota lends angelic and sprightly verses on album closer "Free." Pressed on DJ friendly double vinyl with a full picture sleeve.

Customer Reviews

Also, an album that is relevant to our times - we are indeed breeding a culture of fear.
Melissa Clissold
Infact to be more specific, "Tower Seven" is one of those big ones, nonetheless each song in the album is a perfect conception.
Ankan De
I think the last albums were just so good and people forget they get better with each listen.
Scott Williams

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By CMOS on June 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I started listening to Thievery Corp several years ago with the Mirror Conspiracy and Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi. Those works are hard to match and were the signature works of these artists IMO. So it's pointless to always compare the newest work to the signature works, as people are prone to do in every musical field. People didn't like Pink Floyd's Division Bell that much because it wasn't Meddle or Dark Side of the Moon. To me that's a pointless exercise. Look at each work on its own merits based on what you like. Sometimes it's great to get a familiar sound (with new instruments and details and arrangements) from the same artist, almost comforting. Sometimes it disappoints. Just depends on you and want you expect to happen.

For me, I didn't particularly like the last couple studio albums. I ended up buying 2 or 3 tracks from each and thought perhaps that was the best was past. But I have to say, after just a couple hours of listening to it, I really love this new album. It's familiar enough in the sound and musical themes (equal parts electronic chill, Marley-hop, and eerie female vocals) to bring me into that comfort zone I've been missing. (I liked Cosmic but parts of it felt over the top or too frantic or... something. Just didn't feel like Thievery to me.) But Fear is also new enough and interesting enough that I can really appreciate the new twists and feel how it flows together. There are parts in certain tracks that even remind me of old Pink Floyd or Doors instrumental riffs. It just speaks to me.

This isn't a collection of iconic sounds to sell records; this is a whole and possibly my second favorite Thievery work among everything they've done. I have a feeling I'll like it more the more I listen to it. Definitely worth the download.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By RP on July 2, 2011
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I'm a huge TC fan, and pre-ordered this CD. A *very* strong first two songs (powerful/groovy beats, cool sound effects, smart hip-hop lyrics) push the envelope of TC's creativity and range. There's also some fun reggae/dub sprinkled throughout the album.

Unfortunately, these highlights are offset by otherwise generic-sounding, uninspired, and somewhat redundant (compare Amazon's sample tracks #7 & #11, for example) sounds that dominate the rest of the album.

Overall, a decent electronica album, but for long-time TC fans who have set the bar high, I'd say nothing too innovative or exciting beyond approximately half the tracks.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jolt de Bolt on August 3, 2011
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Yes,finally an album which is alive from these guys.
This is also my 7th album (i never abandonded the band) from Thievery and as soon as the first beat hits you'll get familiar sound, which is upbeat spacey and groovy. The good news is they are able to maintain that feel through the entire album with ups and downs. Overall, if you never heard this band before this is a good album to start with. If you been around for a while, then you'll have fun with Culture of Fear.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By marriediimuzik on July 17, 2011
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The first comparison that comes to my mind is thier DJ Kicks disk. This cd reminds me of that set a lot and I love it. Thievery went gangsta and political on 'Cosmic Game' and 'Radio Retaliation' which I am not complaining about at all. I actually saw them live 5 times in that time period and they killed it every time. Culture Of Fear reminds me of older Thievery, not as 'aggressive', quite pretty and melodic and overall just a great album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Williams on August 14, 2011
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Culture of Fear is great. It took a few listens to really to get into it, but it is on par with the other great Thievery, original material albums (e.g. Mirror Consipiracy, Richest Man in Babylon, Cosmic Game). The female vocalist that does a majority of the vocals is just terriffic. The bass lines thoughout the CD are just killing. I'm not really a rap fan, but the one rap song (title track) was well done. The horns in the background are quite nice. There are not as much reggae and world touches as some of the more recent albums, but they are still there. For me the two keys to this album are the fantastic bass lines throughout and the female vocals. The 2nd half of the album is sooo much better than the first.

Song Highlights:

Tower Seven: For the two plus minutes or so this seems like a dreamy trance piece that doesn't go anywhere. Then out of nowhere they segue with a nice Asian keyboard lick and the bass kicks in. From here on out its a killer spacy trance sequence. I think when Thievery fans look back at this album, this track will be remembered as a classic. So smooth, but never too smooth.

Safar: So pretty. Middle Eastern sounding with pretty vocals that could be Russian, or Middle Eastern, I don't know. The only thing wrong with this song is its too short.

Free: Again the vocals kill, and the background music does too. Very dreamy, very "Massive Attack"-ish. Nice lyrics, reminds me of the first song from Babylon, but better.

I don't understand how Thievery fans critized this album. I think the last albums were just so good and people forget they get better with each listen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg B on June 28, 2011
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If it ain't broke don't fix it. And that's what TC does here. More great music from great composers.
Enough said, u listen and be the judge. fyi, There is a free stream out there.
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