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Perhaps it was a residual feeling, an emotional vestige from Tunde Adebimpe’s role as groom Sidney in the film Rachel Getting Married. Or maybe it was a desire to contrast the tumultuous times of 2011 with an amorous album. Following 2008’s Dear Science, where TV on the Radio balanced anger with hope, Nine Types of Light overflows with complex themes of love. “Second Song” opens with Adebimpe questioning and doubting his feelings until the song blossoms with Bee Gees–inspired falsettos and a groove so sunny that he entertains going with the flow. Over the mellow grooves and decaying disco of “You”, he tries his best to dodge Cupid’s arrow until the hypnotic “Will Do”, where despite impracticalities and bad timing he lets down his guard and gives in. Still, Adebimpe’s glasses aren’t completely rose-tinted, as he sings "If the world all falls apart/How am I going to keep your heart?" on the foreboding indie-dance jam “No Future Shock”. Fans of the band’s role as an apocalyptic harbinger need look no further than “New Cannonball Blues” and “Caffeinated Consciousness”.

Customer Reviews

TV on the Radio on my Ipod

Slower pace to this album than 'Dear Science' but beautifully created songs make this a welcome and warm return by a great band!

Great album from a great band.

They never disappoint!!

great album, rip gerard

this album is fantastic and a testament to gerard smith's heroic bass playing.. RIP


Formed: 2001 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

From their beginnings as Brooklyn-based experimenters to one of the most acclaimed bands of the 2000s and 2010s, TV on the Radio mixed post-punk, electronic, and other atmospheric elements in vibrantly creative ways, and are both visual artists as well as musicians. The group began when multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek moved into the building where vocalist Tunde Adebimpe had a loft; each of them had been recording music on his own, but realized their sounds worked well together....
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