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Dear Science (Bonus Track Version)

TV on the Radio

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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.

Customer Reviews

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

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

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.

History in the Making

TVOTR is consistently pushing the bar. I want to say that the sound on this album is like a meld of radiohead, wolf parade, a few busta rhymes beats, and a lot of soul. (without ripping on any of the fore-mentioned) I've only given the album a few listens, but I'm already in love. I think that this band has already demonstrated that they have the potential for long term greatness. I can't wait to see them live next month, and I look forward to what they will bring to music in the future.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Brooklyn-based group TV on the Radio mix post-punk, electronic, and other atmospheric elements in such a creative way that it only makes sense that their core duo, vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek, are both visual artists as well as musicians. Adebimpe is a graduate of NYU's film school and specializes in stop-motion animation, which his Brothers Quay-like video for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs single...
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