Top 20 Albums of 2008 - #16
By: Jason Giammaria, SoundProof Magazine
by TV on the Radio
This year saw TV on the Radio's much-anticipated follow-up to 2006's Return to Cookie Mountain. The tunes are catchier, the sound brighter and the flow slicker on Dear Science than any of the group's previous releases. But, at its core, this latest project has that same dark, dense, yet optimistic upside that TVOTR has built its cult following upon.
The lyrics will rip out your heart while the music will make you want to dance around in celebration. No other record has the ability to dangle sweet, happy times in front of the listener, and then tear them from our unsuspecting grasps. Dear Science is intellectually stimulating yet curiously hesitant and more appealing because of it.
Vocalists Tunde Adebimpe and guitarist/singer Kyp Malone seem to have finally hit their stride as dual frontmen and TVOTR have managed to make an album that was entirely different from what they have done in the past while remaining completely true to who they are. No easy feat in 2008 – or any other year for that matter. TV on the Radio as a whole have entered their prime and a world of endless possibilities.
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