Sunday, April 17, 2011

9 Types of Light

So I'm lying on the hillside at Barton Springs, enjoying beautiful springtime Austin weather and listening to the new TV on the Radio album, 9 Types of Light. Except for the fact that Amy's off doing homework, things couldn't be much nicer. I really like the new album. It's probably the most accessible album that TVOTR have put out, all in all. I have sort of mixed feelings about that, given that some of their more challenging earlier efforts have ultimately proved really rewarding, but still- all my favorite TVOTR ingredients are there. They continue to do a great job of blending electronic and acoustic elements. They continue to employ an alternating combination of haunting and frantic vocals by Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone which, along with interesting rhythms and harmonies, keep you changing your mind about whether you want to dance or lie on a beach. It's a good album. I think, commercially, it could be their biggest success to date, and it's an album that can probably help them cross over to a more mainstream audience while still preserving the integrity and originality that come with the band's unique sound. I remain a real fan.

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