TV on the Radio   Nine Types of Light
3.7 Ranking: #147 for 2011
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4.5 superbDeder545 | April 20th 11

R.I.P Gerard Smith. You will be missed!! By the way, this is a great album. It may not be as ambitious as previous efforts from the band, but it is an absolute blast to listen to.

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4.5 superbRyan Fitz | March 30th 11

Sounds like Tunde just got laid

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2.5 averageConrad Tao EMERITUS | April 1st 11

Is there a reason why Tunde and Co. sound completely euthanized throughout almost the entirety of Nine Types of Light?

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3.5 greatGassman3268 | May 7th 12

A solid album, but there is indeed something missing here that was on Dear Science.

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3.5 greatzillah | October 29th 11

While it got lots of praise, 2008's Dear Science sounded to me like the end of TVOTR's creative phase: essentially a tired retread of previous efforts. Thus, Nine Types of Light is a very pleasant surprise. It's TVOTR's cleanest, most mellow, and straightfowardly enjoyable record, and also one in which Dave Sitek and co shake themselves a good ways toward something new. Opener "Second Song" sounds uncannily like a Bill Callahan track on the verses, but then breaks into a giant, shit-eating chorus of awesome cheese: "All you lovers on a mission / Move your known position / Into the light". It's a guilty pleasure in the absolute best sense, including the fact that singer Tunde Adebimpe sounds totally in on the joke. "Caffeneited Consciousness" could be a really good Super Furry Animals song. And while TVOTR are new to optimistic ballads, they carry three of them off pretty well. "Will Do" is the most delicately produced single the band has ever released while "Killer Crane" actually features a banjo. On the minus side, TVOTR is still indulging its bad habit of recycling melodies to not-very-good effect (see "Dirtywhirl" => "Love Dog"). Much of the intermittantly good, intermittantly awful Kyp Malone-fronted "No Future Shock", has been heard before and better, most notably on "Dancing Choose". As well, it has to be said that the lyrical re-focus on committed love rather than mind-blowing sex is a bit jarring coming from these guys. But also makes this most unearthly cool band sound a little more human, and a little bit rejuvenated in the process.

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4.0 excellentDavid James Young | June 25th 11

In a bizarre turn of events, TVotR haven't managed to make the best album of the year like they threatened to with 2008's brilliant Dear Science. With that said, they've still put together what is so far THE best second half of a 2011 album. Starting with the withered melancholy of "Will Do" and ending with the aggrovated swagger of "Caffeinated Consciousness," these five songs are amongst the band's finest ever work. The first half is not to be underrated, but tracks 6 through 10 are truly what pushes Nine Types from goodness to utter greatness. The late Gerard Smith has left a remarkable legacy with this.

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4.5 superbghost rider | March 31st 11

It's no Dear Science or Cookie Mtn but it's still TVotR and they still rock. Could see this growing on me. Second Song slays so hard.

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3.5 greatshazwagon | March 31st 11

Some of it is, no doubt, great! But some of it is...I don't know...unsatisfying?

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0.0 Adam Thomas STAFF | March 30th 11

something about this really really bugs me. it just seems to be missing something.

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