Thievery Corporation ‎– The Temple Of I & I

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Thief Rockers 3:29
Letter To The Editor 3:54
Strike The Root 3:32
Ghetto Matrix 3:47
True Sons Of Zion 4:05
The Temple Of I & I 4:19
Time + Space 4:33
Love Has No Heart 4:25
Lose To Find 3:17
Let The Chalice Blaze 4:44
Weapons Of Distraction 5:07
Road Block 3:37
Fight To Survive 3:57
Babylon Falling 3:56
Drop Your Guns 3:44

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Marc_LEsperance

Marc_LEsperance

July 8, 2021
referencing The Temple Of I & I, 2xLP, Album, esl222, ESL222, esl 222

Vinyl has a bit of surface noise floor happening, not the quietest vinyl, but it was free of clicks and pops. Second disc on mine has noticeable warpage, but it didn't prove audible. Packaging quality is great.
themilkman

themilkman

January 8, 2021
referencing The Temple Of I & I, 2xLP, Album, esl222, ESL222, esl 222
This is probably my favourite Thievery album. It is undeniably a Thievery album, all chilled grooves, lush melodies, dub elements and hints of bossa, but it feels, at least in part, as one of their grittiest. This album is worth it for Letter To The Editor and True Sons Of Zion alone. Some here deplore the lack of originality, and it is true that this album doesn't mark any departure, but it feels as their most coherent album in years. I would have loved a little more of the dub/reggae side exposed, but this is what I like the most about them. As an album, It sits right up there alongside Richest Man in Babylon and Radio Retaliation.
soundandlight

soundandlight

June 14, 2019
referencing The Temple Of I & I, CD, Album, Promo, esl 222
"Promo copy in cartonslave." What's a cartonslave? Anybody know this?
Gustaff_Meredith

Gustaff_Meredith

June 12, 2017
referencing The Temple Of I & I, 2xLP, Album, esl222, ESL222, esl 222

Absolutely cool release ! Perfect for the summer :-) word
guzzer

guzzer

March 6, 2017
referencing The Temple Of I & I, CD, Album, esl 222
Everything a Thievery record should be. Its warm, it washes over you, it brightens your dark corners. Breaking new ground? - not really. But its wholly satisfying and relaxing
DJ_Roland

DJ_Roland

February 28, 2017
referencing The Temple Of I & I, 2xLP, Album, esl222, ESL222, esl 222

Does this release also have the Printed innersleeves like the US release is mentioned?
Blurb10

Blurb10

February 17, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
referencing The Temple Of I & I, 2xLP, Album, esl222, ESL222, esl 222

Every time I expect a new Thievery album to radically depart into a darker, more beat-driven, psychedelic territory, I get another album that's a slight variation of their typical sound. (How cool would it be to see Garza tackle 60's psychedelia, something he touched upon on a few tracks on "The Cosmic Game"?) "Temple" is another case of Thievery doing what they are best at: sunny vibes, guest vocalists having fun, reggae, that recognizable Thievery pseudo-1990s chord in the background... Highlights here include the energetic hip-hop "centerpiece" "Letter to the Editor", Mr. Lif doing his thing on "Ghetto Matrix" and "Fight to Survive" and the instrumental, groove-driven "Let The Chalice Blaze".
All in all, a quality album that will appease fans of Thievery, while not breaking any new ground. Sometimes familiarity is reassuring, nostalgic, a dip into the past. One can't argue the top-notch quality of its production and the pleasantness of its vibes. Less of a departure than the uber-tropical "Saudade" but (unfortunately) less dark than The Cosmic Game, this lies firmly in the middle in terms of Thievery oeuvre.
mkrzych

mkrzych

February 17, 2017
referencing The Temple Of I & I, 2xLP, Album, esl222, ESL222, esl 222
Anyone about the pressing quality please for this record? How does it sound on vinyl?
DEEJSMOKE

DEEJSMOKE

February 15, 2017
referencing The Temple Of I & I, 2xLP, Album, esl222, ESL222, esl 222
Ok real thievery sounds
For me the real bombs are in the a side and b side particularly letter to the editor ,strike the root love has no heart and obviously the temple of I & I
Great work!