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The Cosmic Game

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Marching The Hate Machines (Into The Sun) Feat. The Flaming Lips
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Warning Shots Feat. Sleepy Wonder And Gunjan
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Revolution Solution Feat. Perry Farrell
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The Cosmic Game
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Satyam Shivam Sundaram Feat. Gunjan
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Amerimacka Feat. Notch
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Ambicion Eterna Feat. Verny Varela
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Pela Janela Feat. Gigi Rezende
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Sol Tapado Feat. Patrick De Santos
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The Heart's Lonely Hunter Feat. David Byrne
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Holographic Universe
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Door Of Perception Feat. Gunjan
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Wires And Watchtowers Feat. Sista Pat
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The Supreme Illusion Feat. Gunjan
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The Time We Lost Our Way Feat. Loulou
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A Gentle Dissolve
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 62:42

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04.22.11
Thievery Corporation, The Cosmic Game
Label: Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) / InGrooves

Thievery Corporation's fourth proper album contains no instrumental surprises. Then again, there's no need — Washington D.C.'s Rob Garza and Eric Hilton already perfected their mix of woozy hip-hop beats, jazzy textures, dub reggae studio manipulations, world beat inclusiveness and lounge glamour on their previous CDs and DJ sets. Nevertheless, 2005's The Cosmic Game hits a career peak with numerous collaborations and zero filler.

Album opener "Marching the Hate Machines (Into the Sun)" announces this album's… read more »

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Eastern Female

Montagu

For eastern styles with female vocals, try the ones sung by "Gunjan"-- #5 "Satyam Shivam Sundaram," #12 "Door of Perception," and #14 "The Supreme Illusion." #11 is groovy with wordless female lyrics.

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Thievery Corp. Brings It!

erinraediant

Thievery Corporation brings it on yet again with The Cosmic Game. Their consistently well-produced and well-mixed tracks keep me coming back for more, and keep me searching for more of their remixes of other artists. Like the others before it, this album is pretty solid. I enjoy the track with Perry Farrel a lot, along with the track "The Time We Lost Our Way." While I've never heard a Thievery Corp. song I didn't like, they always have a couple of stand out tracks on each album. Basically, Thievery Corp. are the tried and true of the dub/downtempo/trip-hop genre and should be a staple in your collection. This album is no exception.

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Thought Provoking

TiestoFriend

www blackholeconcepts com says this is the type of music that makes product.. I just got track 1 and will go from there.. kind regards to ALL!

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Collaboration Par Excellence!

hp32e

Marching the Hate Machines has got to be one of the greatest songs ever! The Flaming Lips and Thievery Corporation: I never saw that coming (and I like it)!!!

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not their best, but still not bad

DigitalHobo

1,2,5,6,11 are the best tracks, IMHO. This is not their most consistent album, and probably my least favorite. Since this is the mighty TC, though, it's still a good album. Just not great. But then again I just called five out of sixteen tracks great. Confused? I guess I am too. Not totally sure what to make of this album, I guess. It's certainly no Mirror Conspiracy or Richest man in Babylon. And yet, it's great.

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what if time never marched on?

simongood999

it's sad, that TC with their dapper suits on while selling the image that they are assembling for us an exotic world. especially in an time when it now equates to elevator music or worse "dinner" music. once leaders have become a cozy cashmere sweater for those looking for something predictable warm and safe.

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Unbelievable

MichaelWolters

My memebership at emusic started 15 minutes ago and I don´t know in which shop I´d found such a great Album like this.

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Un beau voyage

shogun

This album is a real tour-de-force. It's like a voyage on a magic carpet through Brazil, Jamaica and India with of course the usual chilled trip-hop reverbed time-stretch dub that Thievery Corporation are used to produce. A must I tell you!

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Pure Downtempo Magic

ElectroJosh

This album deserves it accolytes. Great, I imagine, for coming off a long night of ecstacy.

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Predictable Pleasure

Jay.B

I'm a great fan of the Thievery stuff and this album sure is a pleasure to listen to. I do think however that this particular Thievery sound (as well as this genre as a whole) is starting to sound a bit fatiqued causing the album to quickly dissolve in my collection. I would definately have liked Thievery Corp to expand their soundscape a bit further.

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The ingredients — electronic beats, dub, soft Brazilian tones, sitars, and women singing in foreign languages — are entirely the same, but Thievery Corporation have never sounded so genuine. Despite the same old sound and a busy release schedule leading up to it, The Cosmic Game comes across as fresh as a debut and surprisingly indifferent toward being the in thing. What it is is music for music’s sake, all laid out with the utmost care, giving listeners a fully thought-out album that makes the “forward” button on your CD player purposeless. Effortlessly flowing from the indie-grooving “Marching the Hate Machines (Into the Sun)” with the Flaming Lips to reggae to samba to psychedelia and beyond, the album is trimmed of all fat. Instrumentals with clever grooves sometimes overstayed their welcome on previous Thievery albums, but here they’re whittled down to interludes when need be and positioned as chillout segues between the more striking numbers. The druggy, Perry Farrell-inna-reggae-style “Revolution Solution” is one of these stunners, but the superstars don’t own all the highlights. As dank, Jamaican-flavored horns echo into the distance, siren Sista Pat lures listeners into the deep world of “Wires and Watchtowers” while soulful crooner Notch takes things uptown on the cool “Amerimacka” before the Corp turn the tune into one of their stickiest dub outings yet. The pleasant “The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter” deserves mention because David Byrne guests on vocals, and while it’s very good, it’s the most forgettable number on this outing. The track brings a very slight reminder of when Thievery Corporation have let ambition trump the meaningful and meaty, but the otherwise purposeful and certain Cosmic Game is so darkly delicious you have to admit it’s their masterwork. – David Jeffries

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