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Return to Cookie Mountain

TVOTR fulfills the expectations their debut album fell short on.

TV on the Radio made an indie-rock splash with its debut Young Liars in 2003, said Hugo Lindgren in New York. Since then, the intellectuals of the rock world have demanded the best, while the Brooklyn-based quintet failed to meet those expectations. But now Return to Cookie Mountain fulfills all the band's original potential. It's a 'œswirling, restless hybrid drawing from blues, doo-wop, and that downbeat genre called shoe-gaze,' that brings TVOTR to a higher level of stylistic innovation alongside such icons as Radiohead and David Bowie. Bowie, in fact, is one of the band's biggest fans, said Chris Dahlen in Pitchfork Media. He joins singers Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone on the shimmering 'œProvince,' blending in beautifully with the track's many-layered format. This record is all about blending, and even though Adebimpe's 'œgot about the best set of pipes in indie rock,' his ego stands back on these songs in order to give musical atmosphere the spotlight. And what an atmosphere it is, said Sharon O'Connell in Time Out New York. While previous albums were too dense for the average listener, this one's accessible. 'œReturn to Cookie Mountain is far less complex in its layering, but no less substantial for that.' With this near-perfect disc, TVOTR proves that smart rock doesn't have to be tuneless.

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