V on the Radio
It’s the end of the world, and TV on the Radio feels fine, said Josh Ellis in Blender. In 2006, the Brooklyn, N.Y.–based art rock band released the “definitive statement of post-9/11 New York,” Return to Cookie Mountain. That “cryptic and dense” album captured the sense of anxiety that the city, like the nation, still feels. But on Dear Science, rather than let fear get the best of it, the band embraces the “apocalypse as an excuse to party.” The result sounds like a “weight being lifted” from the heaviest band in indie rock. Dear Science, blends the group’s cerebral tendencies with a visceral sound, said Dave Simpson in the London Guardian. Where once the band made smart, inscrutable music that was “easier to admire than like,” it’s learned to turn art into entertainment without compromising its “innate expansiveness.” Dear Science, is TVOTR’s “most fully realized,” accessible, and even danceable album to date, said Leah Greenblatt in Entertainment Weekly. “Crying” tackles race riots with Prince-like funk. The elegant “Family Tree” weaves a marriage proposal with a history of racial lynching. TVOTR remains “willfully weird,” but its songs have never sounded so “consistently enjoyable.”
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