- Audio CD (11 April 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Polydor
- ASIN: B004NHRGQW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Nine Types Of Light CD
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
'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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this album after being very impressed by the Dave Sardy (TVOTR guitar player and sound genius) produced and co written album with Liam Gallaghers band Beady Eye second effort... Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by WILDMAN
I love Dear Science it is a great album, bought this as an afterthought to that album. It's good but in my opinion it's not as good. It's a bit slower and a more sober album.Published on 9 April 2013 by Karis
The best record of Tv On the Radio so far. I'm particually in love with Will do, one of top ten songs this year. The vinyl format suits the album perfectly.Published on 20 July 2011 by Sara Max
After the rather magnificent 'Dear Science', TV's next album was going to have be something special. Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2011 by leolos
I first heard TVOTR, like most, when hearing Wolf Like Me and bought the last two albums. Cookie Mountain and Dear Science were quite superb examples of albums that were quirky,... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by Syriat
Well I've listened to this album possibly too many times since it came out, and I still love almost every track. No, it's not as up tempo as dear science, but who cares? Read morePublished on 6 May 2011 by Z. Goldie
Hmm..not sure what the official Amazon reviewer was listening to but this is no poor relation to what has gone before, merely a band pushing their genius brand of music onwards and... Read morePublished on 3 May 2011 by Paul Blaney