“The Richest Man in Babylon” by Thievery Corporation (2002)

6 05 2009

Thievery Corporation was started by a couple of blokes from Washington DC who wanted to meld club/dance music with jazz, dub, and latin styles of music. It’s probably considered “downtempo” music, or “trip hop” by some, but whatever category you put it in, it’s fine music that lifts you up while easing your mind at the same time. At least it does for me.

I particularly like this track, although in this case the subject may not ease your mind. It mixes a lilting, reggae groove with dancehall horns and floating, intriguing vocals. And hidden in the beautiful music is a stark social critique about the direction of our civilization.

“The wicked stench of exploitation
Hangs in the air and lingers on”

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