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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

With change, progress almost always follows!

TVOTR's album "Dear Science" was held in high acclaim and regard by many critics and for the first time TVOTR resonated beyond their own area code with songs that fidgeted with a glorious tension. I'm sure "Return to Cookie Mountain" put the band on solid ground as a band with enormous chances of future growth, but with "Nine Types of Light," I'm sure it was the band's intention was to keep us guessing until we actually had the disc downloaded or loaded in our CD player before we actually heard what they could put out for what is now their fourth album, "Nine Types of Light."

I'm not being negative or cynical, but it seems that with most band members now being thirtysomething, that they are thinking a little more about settling down rather than getting down, and the change in music is surpisingly a little cacophohous and incongruous with thier music from "RTCM." It is hard to believe that the band will be permanently in this stage where they create a more melodious, sweet-sounding, and even tuneful music vs. the tension-filled music of "RTCM."

All in all it's a great album, just watch out for the changes in sound b/c @ first it may jar you. It's still hard to say where TVOTR will go from here b/c like lead singer Tunde Adebimpe, true New Yorkers can never keep their neuroses hidden for that long. I give them an A-, or 4.6/5.0 stars.

Their best yet!

TV on the Radio really hit the nail on the head with this one. Not only did I buy this album on itunes, i bought it 7 times! I have 7 copies of this album on Walter (my hard drive's name). I completely agree with all the good reviews posted here. Could not be better. I really liked it. If you haven't listened to TVOTR, then start by listening to this album. They hit a homerun with this one, and the bases were loaded. It's a grand salami! A real whopper of an album. If this album were in the summer OR winter Olympics, it would win GOLD for sure! I won't be surprised when this album hits Platinum status. It's a slam dunk! NBA style! Listening to this album is the equivalent to winning the lottery in my opinion. Next to being born, hearing this album is probably the best experience of my life thus far, and I am 32 years old! WOW!


Despite their mainstream popularity, I really don't think Tunde & the Gang are susceptible to "selling out." They show absolutely no signs of deviating from what works, and continue to add to already stellar discography. Young Liars was probably one the finest first EP's to ever be released by any band. Nine Types of Light is so refined. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the initial listen. I wanna know more about this visual album though. When is that coming out? The preview on Ping looked amazing!


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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