Radio Retaliation - Thievery Corporation

ESL Music

Thievery Corporation albums are designed to stand out (or not fit in as the case may be). That goes for both corporate radio and your personal CD rack. My copy of The Richest Man in Babylon occupies two spaces thanks to its accompanying thick papered, multi-paged photo album. Messrs. Garza and Hilton have made a big statement with the packaging of their latest, Radio Retaliation. Pictured on the rough-cut cardboard wrapper is a pixelated, be-masked Sandanista fighter (not a green Ninja as some reviews have suggested). The disc itself is loosely cradled between the folds of a poster-sized propaganda sheet (my copy routinely falls out on the floor before it makes it to the player). It leaves one with the overall impression of a pirated, third world bootleg; a blatant act of rebellion against the established norms, which is exactly what Thievery Corp was going for. As Eric Hilton explained to the Wired Blog Network, ""Apart from a few independent bastions, There is no musical or informational freedom on the US airwaves anymore. They’ve been bought up, consolidated and homogenized. Radio Retaliation is about an exodus of conscious people who are willing to acknowledge something is wrong with the 'official version' in news and culture." Leading that exodus is an incredible array of guest stars including Femi Kuti, Seu Jorge and Anoushka Shankar, all gloriously showcased amid Thievery's dubby, hook-laden compositions ... all good reasons why you'll never hear Radio Retaliation on corporate radio, and reason enough to buy your own copy.