The major-label debut of this genre-confused group (post-funk? art soul?) opts for a political, emotional, and above all focused album, where every song seems to have its place. Potent lyricism and seeping, grower-if-I've-ever-heard-it instrumentation make for a lasting impact from this album... IF you can make it through your first listen alive.
A handful of gems isn't enough to save TV On the Radio from themselves. The band seemingly struggles with constructing the most melodies, etc. Songs lack any sorts of real catchiness. There's a BIG difference between being indie and sucking, and the band has confused the two, once again. Dear Science is preferable to this one, as it stands as a nice course correction.
Every song is highly memorable, and a original mix of musical scenes unlike any out there. Province is one of my favorite songs of all time. I had a high fever when I first heard this album, and every time I hear it, it still takes me back to that hazy warmth and confusion.