Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babesby TV on the Radio
As the past decades' conservative backdrops have proved again and again, when the going gets weird, the weird get going -- and that's exactly what's happened with this whiplash-inducing Brooklyn combo. Offering occasional nods to the ghosts of outsiders past -- a hint of The Fall here, a whiff of Pere Ubu there -- frontman Tunde Adebimpe and company swim well beyond the breakwaters of post-rock present, combining skronk and stealth with surprising sophistication. "The Wrong Way," an incendiary take on the state of race relations in America, stays closest to the Mark E. Smith school of rock, underlaying its gnarled surface with touches of quasi-rockabilly that moves the ass while it frees the mind to follow. On the flip side, "Dreams" has an almost stately quality, dominated by enigmatic feedback drones, all the better to focus on Adebimpe's beat-poet declamations. In contrast to the quirky, teasing tone of their last offering, Young Liars, Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes is painted in stark monochromes that accentuate the bleak vibe of songs like "Ambulance" and "Don't Love You" in much the same way classic filmmakers use shadow and fog to convey a similar ambiance. The gathering gloom can sometimes make breathing deep feel unexpectedly good.
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- Touch & Go Records
Performance CreditsTV on the Radio Primary Artist,Group
Katrina Ford Vocals
David Andrew Sitek Group Member
Tunde Adebimpe Vocals,Loops,Group Member
Kyp Malone Guitar,Vocals,Loops,Group Member
Jaleel Bunton Drums
Martin Perna Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Nick Zinner Guitar
Technical CreditsTV on the Radio Composer
David Andrew Sitek Composer,Producer
Paul Mahajan Engineer
Chris Moore Engineer
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What needed to be said has already been said--all over the Internet. Do yourself a favor: to see a truly incredible band rock out at its finest, see TV on the Radio.
This CD is nothing short of absolutely amazing. The best way to describe the sound is Eno-influenced doo-wop, soul, electronica and indie rock. If "Staring at the Sun" and "King Eternal" don't move you, it's possible that you don't have a soul. Kyp and Dave provide the perfect background for Tunde's vocals. This CD is the epitome of what TRUE songwriting and production are about. You can draw your own artistic comparisons for these guys, but the only band out there that comes close is Jeff Halevy's BLAK NOIZ (and his solo work) -- another NYC artist mind you. Definitely buy this album; it's worth every cent!
This album is full of soundscapes textured with fuzzy bass lines, post punk guitar work, saxophones, drum machines and the powerful voices- either acapella or accompanied by music. This band creates a sound that is new and infinitely compelling and combines it with great songwriting. In 9 songs, this band proves that they are on the forefront of the music scene. This is the best release this year and a great follow up to their amazing EP- young liars.