12 Songs, 57 Minutes

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
129 Ratings
129 Ratings
spiroevil ,

One of the Best Indie Rock Albums Ever Created

TV on the Radio was already arguably the defining indie band of this decade (although, to be fair, their only real competition was Arcade Fire). Much in the way that current young people are blown away by older albums like Kid A and OK Computer, future generations in search of older indie music will stumble upon this album and they will be awestruck, euphoric from the perfection this album exudes. No description I could give it would possibly do it justice. Just buy it now. If this album doesn't make them huge, it's safe to say indie rock will never sell big, because this album is everything anyone who appreciates music could possibly ask for. An utter masterpiece.

MyOwnTaste ,

Not the best, but THEIR best

This album is great, worthy of a 9/10, but NOT perfect. It is eclectic, catchy, and sophisticated compared to the garage rock-blues of Return to Cookie Mountain. The production is much cleaner, and they seem to be making a greater homage towards dance-rock and baroque pop music. Halfway Home is a very percussive start, almost reminiscent of Radiohead's "Optimistic" By the end, it shows TVOTR's true colors adding a glitchy synth and a tempo similar to their older classic "Wolf Like Me". Crying is a lovely post-punkish song with a very dancey theme. When the horns and synth chime in, it just lets the song off with a fresh breath of air. Dancing Choose is one of the albums biggest risks, making a rap-funk track with political lyrics. Somehow, it doesn't weigh the album down, but it is not one of the highlights of the album (in my opinion). Stork & Owl and Family Tree both show a Beatles influence using string arrangements and haunting sampling. DLZ, one of the albums strongest, is everything that was missing in Anticon's goal to discover the ultimate post-trip-hop meets rock meets twee sound. The horns throughout the album are just brilliant, and the whole thing is really a prolific idea that does not fall flat due to its flawless execution. Other bands try to make pseudo-pop albums and fall off in the mainstream and critique world while TVOTR stay strong.

reviewsubmitter ,

Good but novices should purchase Cookie Mountain first

I think this album has been vastly overrated. There are definitely some very mediocre tracks on here, although "Family Tree" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. The hooks so promintenly featured on the previous two are largely absent here replaced with sped up marginal dance rock and b-side worthy tunes.

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