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Beautiful, but tinged with sadness.,
This review is from: Nine Types Of Light (Audio CD)
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.