The Outernational Sound

The Outernational Sound

by Thievery Corporation


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The Outernational Sound

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
Label: Eighteenth Street
UPC: 0795103007529
catalogNumber: 75

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
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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The Outernational Sound 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago