TV on the Radio
Nine Types of Light


3.5
great

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
April 11th, 2011 | 91 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While good enough to appease the appetite of most fans, something here is definitely missing

Perhaps the only gripe with Nine Types of Light is its broad creative stroke; TV on the Radio veer toward classic forms of Americana, shirking the brooding experimentation that Dear Science perfected. While opener "Second Song" is definitely no "Halfway Home", it sets the tone for the remainder: a wordy, yet heart-felt folk intro transitions into a disco-inflected chorus in only a way Sitek and company can manage without being completely ridiculous. On all fronts, these combinations end up as ingredients to a self-contained and evident pop platter.

The TVotR of old is omnipresent as a binding agent, yet those looking to the past will be sorely disappointed. The sense of urgency that typified their last effort and Return To Cookie Mountain is absent, in favor of insightful and largely downtempo meanderings. These relaxed passages are a sonic palette of swirling synths, stacatto and swaying guitars, and fuzzed out bass - all perpetuated by the soulful vocals of Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. The very same R&B vibe pervades the majority of the record, with the large exception of near-throwback tracks "Repetition" and "Caffeinated Consciousness". It is here where the faithful devotee can truly reunite with Dear Science; the dynamics, theme, and tempo all hearken back to (suffice it to say) a more interesting time.

Nine Types of Light is definitely not a bad album; but it is also, unfortunately, not the legendary discography continuation one would expect from such a talented group. While good enough to appease the appetite of most fans (and likely win more), something here is definitely missing. Be it progression or passion for art, it is the key unifying force behind TV On The Radio, and it's not here.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Acre
April 12th 2011


847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Something is definitely missing alright... An opening paragraph AMIRITE?!?!?

I basically agree with everything you say here; it's good, but nowhere near as good as these guys have proven they can be.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2011


16089 Comments


COME AT ME BRO

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 12th 2011


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

NICE SOUNDOFF

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2011


16089 Comments


YO BRO I THINK YOU FORGOT SOME PARAGRAPHS IN YOUR REVIEW

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 12th 2011


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fun was had

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2011


23826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, but I disagree. I think this is a great addition to their discography; not as good as Dear Science but close.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2011


10421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

band is boring

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letsgofishing
April 12th 2011


902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

so...my review's better...Oh Shit! I said it.

nah, just joking... I wish I could type prose this sick. Don't agree with this, but definitely understand where it's coming from.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 12th 2011


10594 Comments


Never liked this band so I suppose I won't be checking this out.

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

cbmartinez
April 12th 2011


2525 Comments


dumb

cvlts
April 12th 2011


8955 Comments


never understood the hype with these guys... oh well.

Mordecai.
April 12th 2011


8279 Comments


idk i'm diggin it. nice review though.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 12th 2011


31168 Comments


Band's fairly average

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qwe3
April 12th 2011


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah this band is so good

Mordecai.
April 12th 2011


8279 Comments


agreed

STOP SHOUTING!
April 12th 2011


631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

something missing in this review.

Mordecai.
April 12th 2011


8279 Comments


a 4 star rating?

robin
Emeritus
April 12th 2011


4248 Comments


something wrong with me

AtavanHalen
April 12th 2011


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

band is boring


Band's fairly average


Eat shit and die.

jefflebowski
April 12th 2011


8243 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pish tush and fie on you sir, this album is awesome. 'specially caffeinated conciousness.

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