Radio Retaliation

Radio Retaliation

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by Thievery Corporation
     
 

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From the title alone, it's clear that Thievery Corporation has more on its mind than just the construction of breezy coffeehouse soundtracks and laid-back global chill. Radio Retaliation is a record of righteous fury (the targets are political, if that even needs to be said) and one that makes their previous efforts sound likeSee more details below

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From the title alone, it's clear that Thievery Corporation has more on its mind than just the construction of breezy coffeehouse soundtracks and laid-back global chill. Radio Retaliation is a record of righteous fury (the targets are political, if that even needs to be said) and one that makes their previous efforts sound like Discreet Music in comparison. Thievery amps up their beats, quickens the pace, and unleashes a phalanx of vocal features to attack the D.C.-based Corporation's crosstown rivals on Capitol Hill and at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (Granted, this is still a revolution mostly in the head.) The mélange of worldbeat influences finds all the usual traces (Jamaica, India, Brazil, Nigeria, Arabia), but virtually all of the locales are charted by natives (Sleepy Wonder, Anoushka Shankar, Seu Jorge, Femi Kuti). On the title track, narcoleptic chatter Sleepy Wonder details his list of grievances, speaking for the entire corporation: "50,000 watts of Thievery hit them like poison darts/And watch the whole system what them build up fall apart." The two most important features are Femi Kuti's and Seu Jorge's; first, Kuti uses the track "Vampires" to call out African genocide throughout history (from Kinshasa to Darfur to Lagos to Malabo, Guinea), then Jorge comes next with the yin to Femi's yang, a beatific ode to peace titled "Hare Krsna." Thievery producers Rob Garza and Eric Hilton haven't quite revolutionized their beat-making or production from the past decade, but they sound energized by the political and social events of the 2000s. Despite the politics, there are still a few more of the ethereal masterpieces Thievery Corporation have made a hallmark in the past, including the sublime "Beautiful Drug" (featuring Slovakian singer Jana Andevska) and "Mandala," a guest feature for Anoushka Shankar that's particularly refreshing as an alternative to the usual Indian atmosphere on downbeat records (sampled, not played). The liner notes are a huge 20" x 30" fold-out booklet, including not only the lyrics but numerous quotes from a variety of world figures -- from Einstein, Chomsky, and Edward Bernays to John Lee Hooker and Mos Def.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2008
Label:
Eighteenth Street
UPC:
0795103014022
catalogNumber:
140
Rank:
12773

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Tracks

  1. Sound the Alarm  -  Thievery Corporation
  2. Mandala  -  Thievery Corporation
  3. Radio Retaliation  -  Thievery Corporation
  4. Vampires  -  Thievery Corporation
  5. Hare Krisna  -  Thievery Corporation
  6. El Pueblo Unido  -  Thievery Corporation
  7. The Forgotten People  -  Thievery Corporation
  8. 33 Degree  -  Thievery Corporation
  9. Beautiful Drug  -  Thievery Corporation
  10. Le Femme Parallel  -  Thievery Corporation
  11. Retaliation Suite  -  Thievery Corporation
  12. The Numbers Game  -  Thievery Corporation
  13. The Shining Path  -  Thievery Corporation
  14. Blasting Through the City  -  Thievery Corporation
  15. Sweet Tides  -  Thievery Corporation

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thievery Corporation   Primary Artist
Chuck Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Hilton   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Frank Mitchell   Horn
John Nelson   Percussion
Frank Orrall   Percussion
Femi Kuti   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rob Myers   Guitar
Wayne Wilentz   Keyboards
Rob Garza   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Anoushka Shankar   Sitar,Guest Appearance
Ashish Vyas   Bass
Abraham   Guitar
John Nelson   Percussion
Javier Miranda   Percussion
Seu Jorge   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Verny Varela   Keyboards,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jana Andevska   Violin,Vocals
Brad Clements   Horn
Dave Finnell   Horn
Andy Cazedo   Percussion
Gianmaria Conte   scratching
Norman Howell   Vocals
Craig Madley   Horn
Dexter Archer   Vocals
Ooldouz Ghelichkhani   Vocals
Jana Andevska   Violin,Vocals
Archie Steele   Vocals
Roberto Berimbao   Percussion
Rick Harris   Horn

Technical Credits

Charles Sullivan   Author
Timothy Leary   Author
Gore Vidal   Author
Hunter S. Thompson   Author
Terence McKenna   Author
Emiliano Zapata   Author
Fela Kuti   Author
Morgan Heritage   Author
Eric Hilton   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brendan Behan   Author
Chief Seattle   Author
Rob Garza   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Albert Einstein   Author
Abbie Hoffman   Author
Neal Ashby   Art Direction
Aldous Huxley   Author
Octavio Paz   Author
Matthew Curry   Art Direction
Patrick Donohue   Art Direction
Thomas Jefferson   Author

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