Ordinary Richesby Company of Thieves
With their fondness for Oscar Wilde quotes and inclusion in Wind-Up Records' roster -- a place normally reserved for post-grunge and alt-metal groups -- Company of Thieves know how to set themselves apart from the pack. Musically, however, the band doesn't quite establish a unique personality with Ordinary Riches, originally released in 2007 as the band's independent debut. Singer Genevieve Schatz confidently steers the album's best number, "Oscar Wilde," with a mix of belty choruses and girlish verses, sighing through the high notes with breathy sex appeal. Meanwhile, guitarist Marc Walloch alternates between arpeggiated chords and swirling riffs, all of which he reprises throughout the record to diverse effect. Where the group falters, though, is in the actual songwriting, which yields several standout tracks ("Quiet on the Front," with its harmonica-filled intro, and the neo-jazz tune "In Passing") but also produces a good deal of alterna-rock filler. Few songs on Ordinary Riches are concise -- only two tracks finish before the four-minute mark, and one does so with four short seconds to spare -- which makes the filler songs all the more troublesome, since they often continue for upwards of five minutes. Had Company of Thieves reentered the studio on Wind-Up's dime, they may have left with more worthy partners to "Oscar Wilde." Instead, Ordinary Riches ends up sounding like a very good independent release swamped by major-label expectations.
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Performance CreditsCompany of Thieves Primary Artist
Sean O'Keefe Percussion,Musician
Sheldon Miller Piano,Musician
Dorian Duffy Bass,Musician
Ryan Gray Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Musician
Ryan Suzuka Harmonica,Musician
Jason Vinluan Violin,Musician
Lilianna Wosko Cello,Musician
Technical CreditsSteve Johns Management
Oscar Wilde Author
Sean O'Keefe Producer,Engineer
Ed Sherman Art Direction
Greg Geary String Arrangements
George Balogi Engineer
Company of Thieves Composer
Bethany Crowley Art Direction
Marc Walloch Engineer
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I love this CD! Company of Thieves has a unique sound. Definitely recommend. The female vocalist, Genevieve, has a very catchy quality about her voice. I remember hearing their song, "Oscar Wilde" on the radio and stopping to write down the name of the band because I liked it so much. Also, I very rarely ever buy CDs because usually there is only one good song on a disc, but this one did not disappoint. I even heard them playing it in a popular and hip clothing store and I turned to my boyfriend and said, this is the CD I just bought. I couldn't believe how fast their music is catching on!
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE AWAY THE HARSH coments made by the editorial writer. He is one of the people ruining music and how it should be thought of. Song lenght has nothing to do with anything, and company of thieves should not be put down or basically told to shorten them. Nothing else but the question of "did the album move you, or not" matters. It did for me. This is a wonderful, well written, original, and dynamic album. I would recomend the version with bonus tracks to see how dynamic they can be. And for doing it them selves with finalacing and recording shows the their true connection with music and how much they understand it to composes everthing they did. bonus points. Im just saying check it out cause they did a great job and hopefully you will like it.