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  • Audio CD (11 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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BBC Review

TV on the Radio first tuned in with 2003’s Young Liars EP, a creepy, copper-toned missive that revealed a band with a Pixies/Bowie/soul fascination and an appealingly insular bent all of their own. A couple of albums followed that delivered on their promise, Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes and Return to Cookie Mountain, before 2008 saw the release of a fourth (third ‘proper’) LP, Dear Science. By now critics had all agreed the Brooklyn five-piece were a serious proposition, and the record went on to become their biggest seller to date.

Nine Types of Light arrives in the wake of solo records from members David Sitek and Kyp Malone, and is even more of a relatively bloodless affair than Dear Science when compared to the band’s excellent breakthrough brace. This is the kind of record that draws portentous phrase-mongering from hacks like "TV on the Radio make Important Music for Important Times". Did you note the capitals there, guys?

More accurately, you might say that TVOTR have become the band Radiohead’s detractors are thinking of when they barb their arrows for the Oxford troupe. That’s to say, they’re an ‘intelligent’ rock group incorporating other genres into a cerebral whole that performs none of the functions those sounds are supposed to perform. With Sitek’s production as superfluously busy as ever, this set winds up an over-fussy, inconsequential stew of soulless soul, funkless funk, and rock that doesn’t really rock.

But never mind if the group fails to strike a single vital note: this is art, people, some will find room in their heart for songs as uninspired and studio-bound (to these ears) as No Future Shock and Keep Your Heart, the latter of which sounds like a funk band on Rohypnol and amounts to little more than a knackered retread of Lover’s Day off the last record. A sense of boredom pervades, but occasionally they’ll stumble into a sort of blind momentum, as with Second Song’s radio-friendly strut ("The music’s all around me / But I haven’t got a single word to say") and New Cannonball Blues, which starts unpromisingly enough but gathers pace with some rowdy trumpeting towards the end.

But mainly, Nine Types of Light finds the band firmly in the grip of a middle age that doesn’t particularly suit them. So to put it in the popular parlance, it’s a Dull Record for Times that are Anything But.

--Alex Denney

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After being introduced to TV on the Radio and their kaleidesopic 2008 album Dear Science, by a dear friend a year or so ago, I have become more and more enthralled by their quirky mix of genres, ranging from 70s David Bowie vocals, to Prince, to even Radiohead. Combined with genius production techniques that surprise and catch you off guard, the overall mix is one of beguilling seduction. Nine Types of Light is a more accomplished and mature album than the aforementioned Dear Science and brings Dave Sitek back into the production studio, after his recent solo effort with Maximum Balloon. The crazy falsetto vocals falling to gravelly depths that Barry White would be proud of combine to form a range of expansive proportions. Nine Types of Light is like a love affair, put in the leg work and you will be greatly rewarded. My only criticism would be does there really need to be three versions of Will Do, amazing as it is!
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This is my first foray into TV on the Radio and what can I say? Well firstly, the album is tinged with sadness, a day after I purchased the album I heard news of their Bassist, Gerard A. Smith's tragic passing away at the untimely age of 36, this for me has changed the dynamic of the album immeasurably. The opener, "Second Song", opens with spoken word and dives into a smooth funky beat. Soon things settle down, the African inspired "Keep you Heart" is pretty oddball to say the least but not obscure enough for it not to be liked, and after a few listens it develops in into a charming, heart warming feel . `'No future Shock" continues to funky vibe that traces through the album. "You" is an absolute gem, open hearted, rich synths give it an 80's pop ambiance while Tunde Abesbimpe's vocals sweetly keep the momentum flowing. "No Future Shock" is simply addictive, with a tight hook that implants itself deep into the brain. "Killer Crane", is melodic and Proggy, couple that with the most beautiful lyrics, "Sunshine, I saw you through the hanging vine" and a mandolin quietly strumming in the back ground and you have a classic album centerpiece. The single "Will Do", continues the gentleness with aplomb. The closing stages of the album contain the more rocky tunes, "Repetition", TV on the Radios take on Kraut rock, finishes ablaze with a momentum building rap. The curtain caller, "Caffeinated Conscience", a Faith no More-ish, furious rock song, proudly contrasting with the rest of the album.
TV on the Radio have manages something so hard to find in todays music world, it is an album that tugs at every emotion, but overall it makes you happy, the basic desire we all want to feel when we hear and for that reason, their technical genius becomes irrelevant. Without doubt its a sure contender for the best album of 2011.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Has it really been 3 years since TVOTR's last splendid album
'Dear Science' bestowed its blessings on the listening world?!
It was a fine work and 'Nine Types Of Light' can hold its head
up with pride too. It's a joyously coherent piece of work.

There are ten tracks to consider here (another three if you go
'deluxe' - which I didn't) and the tunes seem more immediately
accessible than much of their previous work. This is a good thing.
There is an optimistic, soulful ambience to these compositions
which really does make your toes feel warm and tingly. This, not
least of all, has much to do with Tunde Adebimpe's distinctive
and perfectly splendid voice (his falsetto seems stronger than ever!)

'You' has an especially lovely melody propelled along by Mr Sitek's
big, beefy drums and some nicely jangly pizzicato guitar lines.
Despite the density of the sound everything is in the right place.
'Killer Crane', too, manages to balance the epic with intimacy.
I think it is one of the band's lovliest inventions by far. At
heart it is a pretty simple idea but the tender execution elevates
it to another level entirely. An anthem of hope for dark times.

Off in another direction 'New Cannonball Blues' is a big bruiser of
a track. The grumbling, rumbling bass made the glass rattle in our
windowpanes! (Mrs Wolf really does suffer sometimes!) The fruity
brass accents and wild vocal harmonies generate real passion and power.

My favorite track by a mile so-far is the mid-paced stuttering wonder
that is 'Keep Your Heart'. Mr Adebimpe reaches deep down inside and
comes back with a truly memorable and affecting performance.
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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2011
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Let us start by discarding the words "art rockers" and in turn highlight the cathartic impact you experienced when listening for the first time to the wonderful Brooklyn band TV On The Radio''s 2006 masterwork, "Return to Cookie Mountain" which was the musical equivalent of "shock and awe" assault on your senses. It seemed to put them in a unique musical category all of their own with artists such as David Bowie paying homage and so far in front of their peers it was almost embarrassing. There appearance on David Letterman's show performing the epic "Wolf like me" was a dark delight and an internet sensation. Incredibly somehow in 2008 it got better upon the release of their last album "Dear Science" which won so many "best of" end of year lists that a uninformed neutral observer could have alleged poll rigging, not knowing that they deserved all the accolades and much more besides. Since then however the band has gone off in various solo directions and "Nine types of light" has been released to little fanfare which is shame since it is their most accessible and commercial album to date and by any standards a inviting yet thoughtful piece of music, jam packed with optimistic warm grooves and forlorn lyrics. But let us not despair that somehow this is the TVOTR mainstream pop "sell out" album. Not at all since "Nine types of light" has the customary edge you expect from this band and enough delicate and raw experimentation to separate it from the very run of mill preoccupations of the recent release by those other New York "pioneers" The Strokes.

It starts perversely with "Second song" with its almost spoken lyrics, which leads to a falsetto funk workout of such dirty hue that you will feel the need for a cleansing shower.
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