By Diego Napoles
The purchase of TV on the Radio’s newest album, “Dear Science,”
was money well spent.
At first glance the members of TVOTR all look like average men,
but “Science” proves that they are more than just an average
After forming in 2001, TVOTR has come a long way from passing
out demos in Brooklyn, to playing sold-out venues around the
The album opens with “Halfway Home” which has a vocal melody
reminiscent of the Beach Boys “Barbara Ann” and instantly thrills
the listener’s ears. Within five minutes the song picks up and
pulls the audience in for a closer listen.
“Science” still sounds like TVOTR, but shows significant
progression and has new, refreshing noise.
The album is complete with the band’s signature distorted sound,
even though more wind instruments and string arrangements are
featured than in previous records.
From the politically-charged “Dancing Choose” to the
somber-sounding “Family Tree,” this album truly is eclectic and
shows inspiration from many different influences such as doo-wop,
shoegaze, electronica, hip-hop and jazz.
The entire album flows well and a key track is the
Radiohead-esque “DLZ,” which puts the listener in a dazed state of
content. Other standout tracks are “Love Dog,” “Crying” and the
epic closer, “Lover’s Day.”
With lyrics like “I’m scared to death…That I’m living a life
not worth dying for,” there is something about Tunde Adebimpe’s and
Kyp Malone’s vocals that sounds melancholy, yet optimistic and
Most bands tend to make the same mistake with follow-up records,
usually keeping their same style and failing to try new things.
TVOTR isn’t afraid to push boundaries and move forward. “Science”
shows that TVOTR are not simple-minded musicians, but rather humble
geniuses. For those interested in new, avant-garde music, pick up
this album. It’s worth every penny.
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