Thursday, April 14, 2011

TV on the Radio

Add Date: April 12 

Artist: TV on the Radio 

Album: Nine Types of Light 

Label: Interscope 

Genre: Rock 

Comments: Excellent release from TV on the Radio. The band is back with their fourth studio LP, Nine Types of Light, a mature, thoughtful album that once again sees the group testing the limits of any given genre. The gist of their sound is still well-layered arty "experimental" rock, but this latest release sees the group throwing some curveballs--love songs?--and unsurprisingly, it works. TV on the Radio's music is so thoughtful that it's hard for them to fall flat; the group simply knows how to craft a song, so even when they try something new, it's planned and executed to a T.

That's not to say that the sound on Nine Types of Light is unfamiliar: Tunde Adebimpe's voice is still spot-on, playing nicely with the instrumentation, and the darkly grooving tone of the record is hardly out of left field, but the central brass section is less aggressive, and the electronic quirks and loops are reigned in, if only slightly. Perhaps not as immediately appealing as Dear Science, but Nine Types of Light is certainly a solid release (and for what it's worth, I enjoyed it more on my second listen). Start with tracks 1, 2 and 6.

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