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Mirror Conspiracy
     

The Mirror Conspiracy

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by Thievery Corporation
 

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Sporting spiffy mod suits and exuding late-night cool, Thievery Corporation is a Washington, D.C., duo whose ultra-suave grooves infuse digital music sheen with organic tones and earthy rhythms. After two 1999 releases on the mellow side -- an excellent DJ Kicks mix-CD and the remix collection

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Sporting spiffy mod suits and exuding late-night cool, Thievery Corporation is a Washington, D.C., duo whose ultra-suave grooves infuse digital music sheen with organic tones and earthy rhythms. After two 1999 releases on the mellow side -- an excellent DJ Kicks mix-CD and the remix collection Abductions & Reconstructions, where they worked over tracks from David Byrne and Stereolab among others -- The Mirror Conspiracy finds the duo diversifying their sound with sensual pop numbers ("Le Monde") and cinematic deep house ("The Hong Kong Triad"), alongside plenty of languid chill-out tracks. Churning Latin percussion ("Air Batucada"), blissed-out sitar-funk ("Lebanese Blonde"), and the sultry vocals of Bebel Gilberto (the daughter of bossa nova innovator Joao Gilberto) on "So com Voce" are just a few of the international touches that distinguish Thievery Corporation from their sampler-toting peers. Falling somewhere between the ethnic-electronica of acts such as Afro-Celt Sound System and the fuzzy trip-hop of Kruder and Dorfmeister, Thievery Corporation produce luscious beat symphonies for aspiring lounge lizards and globe-trotting travelers.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Like their debut album, Thievery Corporation's second, The Mirror Conspiracy, is a pleasant album of sublime mid-tempo trip-hop, reminiscent of easy listening groove music, and continually referencing the breezier, atmospheric side of Brazilian, Jamaican, French, and Indian forms. The nocturnal dub-poetry of "Treasures" sets a tone for the bruising basslines and echoey keys throughout the album, and "Lebanese Blonde" is another early highlight, with the graceful vocalese of Pam Bricker framing live sitar by Rob Myers and a Jamaican-style horn section. Brazil represents with a triple-shot of "Air Batucada," "So Com Voce" (with vocals from Bebel Gilberto), and "Samba Tranquille." French chanteuse Lou Lou adds a bit of downtempo continental flair on "Le Monde" and "Shadows of Ourselves," and Thievery Corporation even samples Ella Fitzgerald on the ambient-jungle closer "Tomorrow." As on their first LP, Garza and Hilton occasionally appear satisfied to just push a few grooves and reference their favorite styles of music over the top -- at the expense of any new ideas -- but The Mirror Conspiracy is excellently produced and almost as stylish as the duo's swinging suits on the cover.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2000
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0652637000627
catalogNumber:
920059
Rank:
67332

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The Mirror Conspiracy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doesn't flow as well as "Richest Man in Babylon," but the tracks are more consistent and better. An irritation is the CD's physical design; the no-artwork top is supposed to be minimalist hip, but it can't be distinguished from the laser side, especially while driving, unless you read the mini-print around the core. This means you may very well insert it upside-down and scratch the damn thing to unplayability like I did and be forced to shell out more money to buy it again. So, write on the top with a Sharpie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like everything except the more techno-ish tracks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD fits w/ any mood, at anytime, anywhere. The perfect chill out album, or great to just play in the background at parties.Definitely Reccomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is lounge music at its best , excellent stuff !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a soothing, seamlessly mixed album perfect for listening to anytime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this CD for a Fashion Designer Showcase and it was hot. I had people talking about the music more than the clothes being featured. Get the Cd it is so diverse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't been keeping in contact with the multi-faceted and much loved men of Thievery Corporation (Rob Garza and Eric Hilton-- no relation to THE Hiltons, sorry), you can being with this album. Not their first work, but I believe it to be their best. It samples the bossanova from abroad, and even borrow the beautiful voice of Bebel Gilberto, daughter of classic Gilberto fame (Astrud). You can think MOD for the general "theme," or you can wish this high-class album to be the soundtrack to your life. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best down-tempo albums -- if I may be so bold -- of ALL time. You'll love it so much that you'll listen to it all the time until you are sick as stink of it and then you'll listen to it some more because it is THAT good. (Awesome make-out music too...)