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EDITORS’ NOTES

Dear Science finesses TVOTR's unusual ability to synthesize the very foundations of classic/prog rock with an atmosphere of futuristic surrealism – both musically and thematically. The first single, “Golden Age,” is subterfuge for a rare strain of optimism in the band’s work, a fantastically perky bass line laying the foundation for a dance track full of shiny horns, fluttering synths and strings, and a heavenly choir of voices. The beautiful “Lover’s Day” (with Eleanore Everdell’s vocals a perfect partner to Kyp Malone’s) is an unabashed celebration of carnal delights, with a phalanx of steady drums, soaring horns, and circling flute meeting up in a powerful coda, accompanied by angelic vocal backing. It’s darn sexy. Opener “Halfway Home” has the same majestic sheen and tension-filled buzz that made “Wolf Like Me” such a potent song, and “Dancing Choose” is an energetic, staccato-rap number moved along by a sly, funky rhythm that builds a head of steam with charging saxophones.  The slow-building, soulful “Shout Me Out” virtually explodes into a fantastic, guitar-heavy crescendo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dear Science finesses TVOTR's unusual ability to synthesize the very foundations of classic/prog rock with an atmosphere of futuristic surrealism – both musically and thematically. The first single, “Golden Age,” is subterfuge for a rare strain of optimism in the band’s work, a fantastically perky bass line laying the foundation for a dance track full of shiny horns, fluttering synths and strings, and a heavenly choir of voices. The beautiful “Lover’s Day” (with Eleanore Everdell’s vocals a perfect partner to Kyp Malone’s) is an unabashed celebration of carnal delights, with a phalanx of steady drums, soaring horns, and circling flute meeting up in a powerful coda, accompanied by angelic vocal backing. It’s darn sexy. Opener “Halfway Home” has the same majestic sheen and tension-filled buzz that made “Wolf Like Me” such a potent song, and “Dancing Choose” is an energetic, staccato-rap number moved along by a sly, funky rhythm that builds a head of steam with charging saxophones.  The slow-building, soulful “Shout Me Out” virtually explodes into a fantastic, guitar-heavy crescendo.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

372 Ratings

They can't be human. At least, not in this time.

Takenshnook,

TVOTR is way too unique and creative to be human. Once again, the band has playfully experimented with music as though it is a foreign artistic medium, and has successfully reinvented the precedented mastery. Preview the 'Dear Science' tracklist and then preview the tracks on the iTunes 'Top Songs' list. What is wrong with this picture? In a time where Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, P!nk, and Britney Spears reign supreme, do we even deserve TVOTR's music? Farther in the future, our children's children will listen back to this band and think, "Look at what the world had available to them, and look at what they chose instead." Do we deserve TVOTR's music at this time? That is the question of the day, ladies and gentlemen. Ponder it.

Painfully overrated already

pxoschere,

First of all, don't get me wrong. TV On The Radio (TVOTR) is one of the most innovative bands in music today. They're very, very good, and there is no disputing this. Dave Sitek is one of the least appreciated producers alive, Hell, he almost made Scarlett Johansson sound good (almost). But, unfortunately, "Dear Science" is not the album everyone is saying it is. This is an album of epic proportions, sure, but there is such a thing as being too ambitious, and that's one thing this album suceeds at. The good songs are very, very good. "Halfway Home" is an incredibly strong opener, and sets the atmopshere for what could be a mindblowing album. Unfortunately, it turns from good to very bad. Fast. TVOTR's desire to fuse genres and make something unheard of goes depressingly wrong about halfway through lead-single "Dancing Choose", which somehow tries to mix indie electronica-rock with disco-funk, and fails. If David Bowie and Brian Eno got their hands on really bad Cocaine around the "Low"-era, and Bowie was inexplicably angry, it might sound like this. The next few songs continue to disappoint, speeding up the tempo, adding unnecessary "wall-of-sound" horns, all over equally scoff-worthy lyrics. "Family Tree", however, is somewhat of a saving grace for the album, and really turns a dismal streak of songs upside down. However, the strongest song of the album is followed by another string of should-be-B-Sides, including "Red Dress", one of the least credible indie-rock songs of the year. The album closes on a strong note with "Lover's Day", one of TVOTR's strongest tracks, but it can't save an album that's already received comparisons to "Kid A" and "Funeral", to of rock's greatest accomplisments. "Dear Science" is hardly a bad album, and perhaps this would be 4-Star worhty if it hadn't been innappropriately compared to indie-rock gems. Mark my words, this is hardly the album of the year, that award should go to No Age or Fleet Foxes, this on the other hand, is an ambitious, decent album from a band committed to pushing the bar.

About TV on the Radio

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. Sitek's brother Jason began playing drums and other instruments with the pair during their recording sessions, which resulted in OK Calculator, a self-released disc of four-track recordings. Jason Sitek left the band for a short time due to other musical commitments but returned to the band when it recorded its Touch & Go debut, the Young Liars EP.

After the EP was completed, TV on the Radio added guitarist/vocalist Kyp Malone to their fold. Young Liars, which also features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, was released in summer 2003 to critical acclaim, coinciding with their gigs opening for the Fall. Their first full-length release, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, arrived in spring 2004. The band remained busy for the rest of the year, embarking on its own tours as well as dates with the Faint and the Pixies. That fall, they released the New Health Rock EP and won the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize.

In 2005, the band kept busy with touring and returned to Sitek's Stay Gold studio to work on its second album. They also made an MP3 criticizing President George W. Bush, "Dry Drunk Emperor," available on their website. TV on the Radio signed with 4AD for European distribution of their albums and moved to Interscope in the U.S. In summer 2006 they resurfaced with Return to Cookie Mountain, a more polished but still searching collection of songs that featured David Bowie on backing vocals. The band went in a sleeker direction on 2008's Dear Science, which featured cameos from Antibalas and Celebration's Katrina Ford.

The band went on hiatus following Dear Science. Malone worked on his own project, Rain Machine, and appeared on Iran's 2009 album Dissolver, while Sitek formed the collaborative pop project Maximum Balloon, which released its self-titled debut in 2010. As planned, their hiatus ended the following year, and TV on the Radio released their fifth album, Nine Types of Light, early in 2011. In March of that year, the band announced that bassist Gerard Smith, who had joined the TV on the Radio lineup in 2005, was suffering from lung cancer; the following month, on April 20, 2011, Smith passed away at the age of 34 as a result of the disease. Later that year, the band released World Cafe Live, taken from a set recorded for National Public Radio. Late in 2014, TV on the Radio returned with Seeds, a hopeful, streamlined-sounding set once again featuring production by Sitek. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY
  • FORMED
    2001

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