The Cosmic Game (2005) For their fourth album, this Washington, D.C., duo take their usual bites out of Brazilian, Jamaican, and Indian music in order to spice up their… 2005-02-22 Thievery Corporation Electronic
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The Cosmic Game (2005)

Details Release Date: Feb 22, 2005; Lead Performance: Thievery Corporation; Genre: Electronic

For their fourth album, this Washington, D.C., duo take their usual bites out of Brazilian, Jamaican, and Indian music in order to spice up their down-tempo, café-friendly sound. They even invite a few eclectic guests — Perry Farrell, the Flaming Lips, David Byrne — but never quite hit it off with them. Hampered by lazy beats and an overabundance of world-music window dressing, the Corporation need to draw up a more dynamic sonic mission statement if they want to boost their shareholders' confidence.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2005 Published in issue #808 Feb 25, 2005 Order article reprints