Ordinary Riches

January 6, 2009 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Label: Wind-Up
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  • Total Length: 59:06
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  • ASIN: B0030DB5DU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,209 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Toennies on November 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
My days of seeking the 'next new and amazing band that nobody has heard of' are starting to whither away as I realize the purchasing-power deficit that 30 year olds wield against the predominantly teeny-bopper driven Music Industry. However, much like love happening when you stop trying to find it or car keys reappearing after you've given up looking, finding Company of Thieves came into my life by a brilliant stroke of fortuity that was neither planned, intended, nor expected.

I went to The Knitting Factory in Hollywood one night to see a friend's band playing second on a roster of some four other bands. I didn't care who the headliners were, nor did I intend to wait for them to even grace the stage. I was there to support my friends.

After their set, we stuck around, hanging out by the 'merch' (stole that from Wilco) and finishing our cocktails. Lo and behold, a tiny sprite of a woman took the stage, backed by a cadre of what appeared to be your typical, backing musicians. I paid little attention, focusing instead on picking out a tee shirt for my friend's band to shamelessly promote them around Los Angeles.

After a song or two into Company of Thieves' set, I became confused. Having relegated them to background noise, flirting instead with random merchandise hawkers, I couldn't believe that the sprite I'd seen on stage earlier was the very same vocalist transfixing the entire audience. I'd dismissed her as a sound engineer or something. Surely that diminutive girl couldn't belt such fierce notes? However, as most biases are - my prejudices were soon and decidedly dispelled.

Genevieve Schatz is a revelation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Davis on January 7, 2009
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So I came upon this band by accident and was really impressed! They remind me of Fiona Apple with guitars, a mix of classic rock with mid 80's alternative bands. At times, the lead singer sounds like the girl from Paramore but her lyrics have so much substance. Great songwriting musically as well- lots of unexpected twists and turns! I'm now a fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pantliano TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15, 2009
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Company of Thieves' album Ordinary Riches is a nicely constructed, and well-written album. It's performed well, both instrumentally and vocally, with the female singer having an ethereal quality. The vocals range from soft and slow to more intense and quicker. There is good depth and complexity to the instruments as well. The tracks vary nicely in tempo, but they start to sound a bit monotonous and similar after a while.

Ordinary Riches doesn't sound like something produced just to climb up the charts, but rather to be enjoyed for what it is, regardless of how mainstream it becomes. It's labeled as rock, but it's not really a hard or soft rock. It falls somewhere in between. The sound is reminiscent of One Republic or The Fray, to my ear at least (my preferred genre is Country, to give you an idea of my experience with Rock groups). The lyrics are meaningful and show attention to getting a message across as opposed to fitting the song into a certain time frame.

All in all...a good rock album for those who don't rock too hard, a nice production overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erik J. Malvick VINE VOICE on July 14, 2009
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Ordinary Riches is an album by an up and coming band that show flashes of brilliance. Vocalist, Genevieve Schatz, and the supporting band have put together an album that incorporates elements reminiscent of many moods, genres, and artists, yet they succeed in creating something all their own. Listen to the vocals and you'll here hints of Fiona Apple and Bjork. The music and lyrics come across as a combo of pop, rock, indie and emo. Fortunately, they don't lean heavily on any one sound, and in the end create an album that holds up well for a first release.

As for the album... I was not terribly impressed on the first go around. The lyrics show fantastic elements, especially in the early going, but the vocals and band sometimes feel a bit disjointed for a few early tracks. Old Letters is a fantastic song that fits well with the parts of the album I enjoy most, but then the songs that many people have liked; Oscar Wilde, Quiet on the Front, and Pressure just don't grab me. There isn't anything necessarily wrong with the songs. The songs are perhaps the best in terms of lyrical quality, but I just don't feel that the songs transition from verse to chorus very well melodically, and at times I feel like the band clashes with Genevieve's vocals. This is as opposed to old letters and many of the later songs where the band works better as a whole.

In fact, starting with Around the Block, the album all of a sudden trends into a collective work that works very well. The inconsistency I heard in those 3 previous tracks is gone. The lyrics aren't quite as good, but it is made up for with verses, choruses, bridges that mesh well together. There are obvious pop influences in these tracks without the loss in quality that often accompanies stereotypical pop music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2009
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First became aware of Company of Thieves when they made their television debut on Carson Daly's show earlier this year, when they performed "Oscar Wilde", and I was immediately fascinated by the explosive performance by singer Genevieve Schatz. Then saw them Philadelphia's NBC affiliate, where they performed "Pressure" which was a bit more toned down, but still made this viewer take notice of the upbeat sound of this group.

Ordinary Riches is the debut album from Company of Thieves, an indie rock trio based in Chicago. Genevieve Schatz does the vocals, backed up by guitarist Marc Walloch and drummer Mike Ortiz. The most noticeable quality of this album is that it doesn't sound like a debut offering. There's not a track where the trio doesn't sound like they're quite polished, and really have their act together. After listening to the album it's quite apparent that Company of Thieves is not the stereotypical "girl singer with a backing band" type of group. The songs were all composed by Genevieve Schatz and Mark Walloch, and it's good to hear such good, originally material being performed so well.

They won the New York Songwriter's Circle contest in 2007 for "Oscar Wilde," which is the fourth track on the album, and it will probably be known as their signature song for some time to come. The album was initially released almost two years ago, and it's getting quite a bit of attention since it's been re-released on the Wind-Up Records label.

Genevieve's voice is outstanding, and she has a wide variety of vocal styles that seem to express many different emotions. She always sounds pitch perfect and she sings full out.
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