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Return to Cookie Mountain was the Brooklyn indie band's breakthrough—a powerful statement of doom and gloom, dissonance and detachment, general malaise and great anxiety—and it's beautiful because it so accurately set those emotions to song. Kyp Malone's falsetto and Tunde Adebimpe's deep bellows serve as centered voices of reason in the midst of chaos: They're the eye of a storm of swirling guitars, triumphant horns, orchestral swells, and even a tender howl from the one and only David Bowie.

Customer Reviews

TVOTR's sophomore effort does not disappoint

TVOTR has been criticized for being possibly too ambitious in their sound, and though a few tracks do threaten to buckle under their own sonic weight, on the whole this record is fantastic. The single Wolf Like Me is the most infectious indie rock single of the year thus far, boasting a shouted, mantra-like vocal melody, a rollicking and slightly off-kilter drumbeat, and a cool-down interlude just long enough to give you a breather before exploding again. The overall sound is more cohesive than the debut record, and there is enough complexity in the layers of sound to keep you listening over and over.

I contribute to the hype

I was generally skeptical about the hype surrounding this album, but once I heard the oddly clipped horns that start "I Was A Lover," I couldn't resist it. I have a huge collection (500+ albums), and I rarely end up listening to the same thing twice in a week, much less in a day, but this album has been in constant rotation since it came out. Yeah, it has a stupid name, and yeah, it's one of those albums that it's cool to rave about, but this one really deserves it. It never gets boring. Each song is better than the last, and the style changes over the course of the album, starting out with something like a modernized version of 70s funk, and gradually transforming it into lush indie rock. Plus, David Bowie does guest vocals on "Province."


...the fact that the iTunes music store gives 14 year olds the opportunity to be music critics. Unless it's the 30 year olds who can't spell worth a damn. Anyway, that's neither here nor there. This record is exceptional. Make yourself happy.


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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