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Oh my shit.
Thoughts, from those who have heard it?
apart from repetition, that is a crap song.
WHAT THE MATTER WITH YOUR NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR?! IHEARD HEHAS SEXDRUGSANDDANGERRR
It's a bit "safe" and "nice" and lacking any kind of urgency that usually makes TVOTR so enjoyable, but we'll see.
the last track brings it like a blissed-out Faith No More
The one thing I didn't want from TVOTR was a watered down Dear Science,. As I've said before, at this stage, a TVOTR album that doesn't sparkle with originality just feels empty. If a new band came out with a record this accomplished I'd probably be heaping praise on it & calling them the next big thing, it's a good album if you don't expect too much - but that's not really a recommendation.
It's fine... I wanted more from TV On The Radio.
is the feeling I'm getting. Really liked Dear Science and this has some highlights but I just expected more. Perhaps I need to reallign my expectations and listen with a clear head..
Anyone noticed the Guardian's coverage of TVOTR? Seems awfully behind the times. Giving Dear Science album of the year and saying it was doing new things with guitars- wasn't RTCM the album doing new things with guitars? Dear Science was just regurgitating Talking Heads/Prince guitars.
Wasn't Dear Science widely acclaimed by lots of people. Unjustifiably, maybe, but not like Guardian was the only one going nuts for it.
which starts "Critics' darlings in their native America, TV On The Radio have struggled to make much of an impression over here"
He's a pillock.
Which, in my opinion, meant that Dear Science didn't sound quite like any other indie record at that point in time. But you're right, it wasn't quite as interesting as their previous work & that's why a retread of the ground it covered is less welcome than a return to the sound of RTCM would be.
to one of the most safe and predictable, this saddens me
Will give this one more time before I totally dismiss it but after a rather blah blah 'Dear Science' I really am not holding out for much.
pretty sure there used to be songs on TVOTR albums pre-Dear Science. great ones too
Nine Types Of Light is their first album that isn't.
it had some good song, but compared to the rest of their catalogue was soooooo... I don't know how to put it other then 'eh', like it could of come from any number of bands.
perhaps more so now in the light of this new one,
but it still never had the longevity or excitement attached to it that the first two records produced.
who didn't like it as much as the previous two (probably not including this place which I didn't really use then). Glad to see I'm not alone anymore now that the fuss has died down.
It's still great though, but it took me quite a few listens to not find it massively disappointing.
Halfway Home, Dancing Choose, Golden Age, Love Dog, DLZ - all amazing tracks.
great production, some nice subtlety about it. Much more interesting than the whiteboy funk of Dear Science
played by black guys? Bit like Christian Metal played by Satanists?
was my point.
the song with the banjo. The rest I think I need more time with.
Sounds pretty good overall, although nothing really jumped out at me until near the end. Might grow on me with time.
Caffeinated Consciousness is the best I think, but I have heard it more than any of the others bar Will Do.
a lot of nice ideas, but as a whole it doesn't quite come together. A few duff songs, too much falsetto and Sitek's muddy, cluttered production are the key crimes. You want to really like it, but in the end it's just pretty good
same old TVOTR, unfortunately
I'm damn smitten with the record, I'm surprised by the lukewarm reception. To me, it actually feels as fresh as Return To Cookie Mountain, and I really dig it. I didn't dig Dear Science, though. But this record really feels great.
I like it a lot better than Dear Science for sure.
but I don't think its anything amazingly new from them. The tracks are good but it just sounds typically tv on the radio and has the same feel to it as Dear Science. Its not a bad record at all (its rather good!) but I don't want to listen to Dear Science pt 2. I wanted something that feels NEW and I don't think this does.
The production is way way better for starters. It sounds a lot more like Return to Cookie Mountain
maybe not anything majorly new, but hardly stale-sounding, and unmistakeably TVOTR. I love how they can clash together so many disparate sounds and influences without it sounding remotely contrived. And the production is fantastic as ever.
Dear Science B-Sides.
Oh...I quiet like that repetition song.
i start listening and always think "this is fantastic" then about 10 to 15 minutes later i think "maybe i'll listen to something else"
and ultimately, you nailed it with adequate. there's nothing really wrong with them, but absolutely no part of me is excited by them.
"TVOTR...still make diverse music, weaving many disparate strands into a unique whole, but those strands simply don't include anything which might be considered energetic, noisy or particularly surprising. This is still soulful music, thanks in no small part to Tunde Adebimpe's holler, but even that seems to be trained and trimmed to a mainstream rock neatness and set to more cliched gospel arrangements. Oh well."
though there's still 2 or 3 songs that do nothing for me really.
I was listening to the Rain Machine album (Kyp Malone's solo project) for the first time in ages too earlier. Forgot how good it is.