Thievery Corporation The Richest Man In Babylon (18th Street Lounge) Rating: NN Rating: NN
You can almost imagine the two cads behind Thievery Corporation assembling their loungey downtempo music, casually tossing in a little reggae here, a little Indian vibe there. Sure, the beats are smooth, but The Richest Man In Babylon, like everything Thievery Corporation has done, is pure exotica. Elements from different cultures are randomly mixed in to sound profound, but ultimately mean nothing. It's a world where played-out U Roy voice-overs and anonymous sitar breaks float in and out, and the same shuffle beat plays on every track. As easy and empty as listening gets. Thievery Corporation chill at the Opera House November 16.