Despite its pointed title, Culture of Fear is not quite as politically minded as Thievery Corporation's previous studio album. While dubwise tracks such as "Overstand" and "False Flag Dub," along with the Mr. Lif feature "Culture of Fear," continue the themes of 2008's Radio Retaliation, a higher number of cuts -- including "Take My Soul," "Where It All Starts," "Is It Over?," and "Safar (The Journey)" -- feature the duo's heavy-lidded grooves with seductive female vocals. ~ Andy Kellman
CMJ - "Its overall spaced-out aesthetic remains chill and groovy, exploring socially conscious themes while meandering through hip-hop, classic psychedelia, jazz and dub."
Paste (magazine) - "Their trademark mixture of real instruments, electronic textures and phrases that encapsulate everything from Brazilian bossa nova to old-school Jamaican dub are solidly intact."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "CULTURE OF FEAR reveals its charms slowly...it reinforces the group's position as one of music's premier political commentators."