Thievery Corporation, The Mirror Conspiracy

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Thievery Corporation's second and most popular album, 2000's The Mirror Conspiracy, combines contemporary electronics with vintage jazz flavors and various global styles so elegantly and definitively that it practically inspired a genre unto itself — postmodern cocktail music. Vibrant enough for headphone dancing yet with the right amount of uncluttered cool for aural window dressing, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton's hybrid grooves now provide the soundtrack of a thousand chichi hotel lobbies. That milieu actually befits the Washington, DC-based duo — like the bachelor pad music men before them, Thievery Corporation's primary sonic metaphor is travel: With their layered allusions to the musics of distant and bygone lands, they aim to take you to a place beyond America's xenophobic reach. So when Bebel Gilberto coos a cameo on "So Com Voce," it comes as official blessing from the daughter of the Girl from Ipanema: She's fresh off the latest non-stop from Brazil, and would like something smooth and sweet with just a little ice. This is it.