Culture of Fear
Label: Primary Wave/ESL
Washington, D.C.'s Thievery Corporation don't stray too far outside their comfort zone on this, their sixth album, but they do play to their strengths. The title track, featuring Mr. Lif, recalls the glory days of Native Tongues hip-hop; "Stargazer" is a surprisingly genuine-sounding recreation of classic dub reggae. Grooving downbeat tunes like "Take My Sol" and "Where It All Stars," meanwhile, will sound just fine next to Zero 7 on the playlist of a tastefully hip design hotel.