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A feast for the ears,
This review is from: Dear Science (Audio CD)
Where on earth did this come from? After two albums which sounded like the work of a band in love with itself and way too cool for its own good, TVOTR delivered a masterpiece in late-2008 with their third; Dear Science. Not since OK Computer had there been an album which suddenly seemed to make all of your other favourite bands sound irrelevant.
There is no lo-fi punkiness here. This is detailed, meticulous pop music, with layers of instruments which shouldn't really go together but somehow sound perfect (horns with synths? keyboards with violins?) Every time you listen to certain songs you can pick out a different instrument doing something interesting. This is also their most varied album, each song sounds distinct from the last. Certain songs will make you desperate to dance, others will bowl you over with their widescreen beauty.
Perhaps the conundrum for forward-thinking musicians is how to break new ground whilst making it palatable enough for the listener, how to do something unique but still listenable and loveable. TV on the Radio have totally pulled it off. It's one of those albums which makes you relieved, because it shows that alternative music has evolved and we don't have to settle for stuffy old indie bands recycling their influences. Five stars isn't enough for this album, which is my favourite of the noughties.