Album Review: TV On The Radio – ‘Nine Types of Light’
It has been two years since Tv on the Radio dropped Dear Science. The were big for a couple months, their new sound appealed to the Indie alt rock community for while, plus with their electric undertones, and flashy Brooklyn attitude Tv on the Radio seemed too good to be true. Finally, a band that seemed to capture the old school hard rock essence, while at the same time incorporating the popular new sounds sampled by MGMT and Passion pit. They were ahead of their time, but they were just in time, If you no what you what I mean. Then what happened? They appeared on a couple late night talk shows but after that, they were gone, disappeared, leaving behind not much more then a fond memory of DLZ.
Well, it is safe to say, they are back now, and in a big way. Nine types of light, is one of the sickest albums of 2011. When I first popped the album in my boom box, I listened to it all the way the through, after I finished it, I listened to it all the way through again. This album has so much to offer. Nine Types of Light, show cases the band’s versatility. Will Doand Repetition are slow meditative and melodic tracks, but at the same time songs likeCaffeinated Consciousnessare slappin tracks with guitar licks so tasty that they can only be fully appreciated when being listened to in your car driving well above the speed limit. (You’ll know what I mean). They sound like beck, mixed with Flaming lips, mixed with the smell of bacon, and all other things good. And even though this album is so diverse the thing that amazes me the most is that even though each song is different, Tv on the Radio does an impressive job keeping their basic sound and style throughout. To show this much range on a second album gives me a lot of hope for the future of this band. If you like music, please buy this album.
Also, check out the feature length film TV On The Radio made to accompany this album. It’s a compilation of music videos for each track.
-DJ Dalorean, The Rap Historian