The Outernational Sound

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
First off, The Outernational Sound is proof that Thievery Corporation are cool, know their stuff, and have great taste. The tracks they've selected for this mix are more organic than expected, filled with sitars, sambas, and analog dubs with very little you'd think was electronica. Hipsters call this slapping of old jazz, reggae, and R&B records on the turntable "rare groove," and you've got to do a lot of homework to not come off as a charlatan. The duo never come off as anything but smart lovers of groovy music, the quirkier the better. The problem is that the mix isn't seamless and some of the transitions are downright jarring. The Corp's own "Richest Man in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
First off, The Outernational Sound is proof that Thievery Corporation are cool, know their stuff, and have great taste. The tracks they've selected for this mix are more organic than expected, filled with sitars, sambas, and analog dubs with very little you'd think was electronica. Hipsters call this slapping of old jazz, reggae, and R&B records on the turntable "rare groove," and you've got to do a lot of homework to not come off as a charlatan. The duo never come off as anything but smart lovers of groovy music, the quirkier the better. The problem is that the mix isn't seamless and some of the transitions are downright jarring. The Corp's own "Richest Man in Babylon" is a tripped-out highlight -- a high compliment considering it keeps company with killers from Boozoo Bajou and Beatfanatic -- but Delroy Wilson's excellent "Better Must Come" just stumbles out of it. Tracks mix better during the album's softer beginning, but as a whole this sounds more like a cool radio station than someone trying to tell a story with two turntables. Dig it for the great tunes, not the flow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • UPC: 795103007529
  • Catalog Number: 75
  • Sales rank: 59,018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 International Flight - David Snell (1:55)
  2. 2 Ya Ma Le (2:18)
  3. 3 Vai Vai (3:10)
  4. 4 Chez Roger Boite Funk - Troublemakers (2:36)
  5. 5 3 Play It Cool (3:35)
  6. 6 Slow Hot Wind - Block 16 (2:46)
  7. 7 Under My Sensi (3:28)
  8. 8 The Lagos Communiqué (3:58)
  9. 9 Sea Groove - Big Boss Man (3:44)
  10. 10 Cookin' (3:16)
  11. 11 Cramp Your Style (2:09)
  12. 12 Simbarere - Antônio Carlos e Jocafi (2:33)
  13. 13 Re-Return of the Original Artform (3:31)
  14. 14 Shall We Dance (2:37)
  15. 15 Within You Without You (2:06)
  16. 16 Mathar (3:51)
  17. 17 Expo in Tokyo - Alan Moorhouse (2:10)
  18. 18 My French Brother - Bobby Hughes Experience (3:51)
  19. 19 Richest Man in Babylon (5:40)
  20. 20 Better Must Come (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thievery Corporation Primary Artist
Eric Hilton Group Member
Rob Myers Sitar
Rob Garza Group Member
Notch Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
George Harrison Composer
Volker Kriegel Composer
Alan Lorber Producer
Antônio Carlos e Jocafi Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Willie "Beaver" Hale Composer
Eric Hilton Composer, Producer
M. Johnson Arranger
Steve Raskin Composer
Jack Schatz Producer
David Snell Composer
Delroy Wilson Composer
The Groove Corporation Producer
Rob Myers Composer
Raj Gupta Arranger, Programming, Producer
Cut Chemist Producer
Sid Barcelona Composer
Rob Garza Composer, Producer
Robin Crookshank Hilton Composer
Thunderball Producer
This Kid Named Miles Producer
Espen Horne Producer, Engineer
Peter Heider Composer, Producer
Florian Seyberth Composer, Producer
James Baron Arranger, Producer
Chris Todd Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bjørn Ivar Tysse Engineer
Pete Z Programming
Beatfanatic Producer
Nasser Bouzida Composer
Chris "Stone" Garrett Engineer
Hiroshi Fujiwara Composer
James Munns Composer
Martin Dingle Composer
Alan Moorhouse Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sloppy Shotgun Approach

    Neatly edited sounds with no reflection time. TC's good mix projects, "DJ Kicks" and "Abductions & Reconstructions" had tracks average about 2:30 before transitioning into the next. "Outernational"'s tracks are 1:30, and that's not enough time to get into a groove or mood before the next ugly transition. It plays like a sample medley instead of a CD. And where as TC's previous CDs have held international sounds up high in interesting combinations, these tracks are filled with stereotypical sounds--a vocalist crying "Rastaman!" or "Rastafari!" over a reggae beat as though it means something is getting old. And track #17, "Expo in Tokyo," has a downright juvenile, insulting Oriental riff that kills awesome organ notes. Buy this to play at parties where everyone is bantering and no one is really listening to the music. TC obviously took this one very lightly, so you should too and hope their next one is more contemplative.

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    Posted May 17, 2010

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