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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

Great follow up to their classic

Another excellent record

Nine Types of Right:

I may have only owned this album for a week, but compared to their previously releases, it's notably more appealing on an instant listen. It seems on this record they're beginning to enjoy themselves more and explore their funkier dimensions, most probably encouraged by David Sitek's stint doing Maximum Balloon (which by the way is a funkalicious, peach of an album). Virtually every track has an immediately likability and is mixed with a sweeter twist on their older ideas. What I mean by that is this album's slight change of course, i.e. happier, vibrant and pulsating, emotional songs, that on the surface sounds brilliantly different, but you can tell Tv On The Radio haven't lost their touch and are continuing to deliver innovative and vastly interesting music. This album in it's entirety only reinforces my love of who I consider to be one the best modern bands around... Track opinions:

Second Song - A powerful opening that signals intent, perhaps best summarising the albums style.

Keep Your Heart - Eases you in with soaring melodies and gentle harmonies (Stork & Owl?).

You - By this point you notice Tunde's emotionally driven lyricism and see this album as heart-felt affair.

No Future Shock - The album gets a bit of energy and dance-inducing rhythms to assert itself.

Killer Crane - A slow, crescendoing song that resonates love and, perhaps, the most beautiful song they've ever released?

Will Do - The masthead of the album, like Second Song, is a statement of this albums direction and grows on you like fungal infection.

New Cannonball Blues - You begin to approach the funkier end of the album, and this song commands power like Return To Cookie Mountain did, a powerful and likeable tune, one of my favourites.

Repetition - A song that grows and evolves to a rapturous ending, one that not only grows on you, but catches your attention with it's addictive lyrics, "My repetition, my repetition is this." (Be prepared to have it stuck in your brain)

Forgotten - An eery song that explodes at the end with all the power of a Tv On The Radio shot. Instant favourite. (DLZ?)

Caffeinated Consciousness - A funky and smart way to end the album, with the same statement of intent they started with...

Just get it, before you regret it :)

Nine Types of Light



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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