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TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain, their second full-length and their major-label debut, opens with a sparse trip-hop beat, some droning horns, and a distant sitar -- or maybe they are all keyboard-generated sounds. It's hard to tell, and that's one of the enticing qualities of this impressive album. "I was a lover, before this war," croons Tunde Adebimpe amid blasts of staticky white noise that build to a dense wall of sound by song's end. One can trace the roots of "I Was a Lover" to Massive Attack, Public Enemy, and My Bloody Valentine, but ultimately it sounds solely like TVOTR: confident, challenging, and completely engrossing. Steeped in political ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
TV on the Radio's Return to Cookie Mountain, their second full-length and their major-label debut, opens with a sparse trip-hop beat, some droning horns, and a distant sitar -- or maybe they are all keyboard-generated sounds. It's hard to tell, and that's one of the enticing qualities of this impressive album. "I was a lover, before this war," croons Tunde Adebimpe amid blasts of staticky white noise that build to a dense wall of sound by song's end. One can trace the roots of "I Was a Lover" to Massive Attack, Public Enemy, and My Bloody Valentine, but ultimately it sounds solely like TVOTR: confident, challenging, and completely engrossing. Steeped in political indignation, Return to Cookie Mountain is musically adventurous, from the stuttering electronics of "Playhouses" to the thumping synth-pop base of "Wolf like Me" to the parade band march of "Let the Devil In." But the vocals, primarily Adebimpe with Kyp Malone on falsetto harmonies although David Bowie drops in to help out on "Province", make the Brooklyn quintet truly special: These guys love doo-wop as much as hip-hop as much as indie rock, and Adebimpe swoops, slurs, and chants like an otherworldly gospel singer. Cookie Mountain isn't an easy listen on the surface, but the depths of its rewards seem bottomless.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
As passionate as ever, but with a little more polish, TV on the Radio give their unapologetically ambitious sound room to breathe with a lush, expansive production on Return to Cookie Mountain. The sonic depth throughout the album is a sharp contrast with the density of their first full-length, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, which was so jam-packed with sounds and ideas that it was nearly suffocated by them. However, Return to Cookie Mountain is hardly slick or dumbed down for mass consumption. In fact, the opening track, "I Was a Lover," is one of the band's most challenging songs yet, mixing a stuttering hip-hop beat with guitars of Loveless proportions and juxtaposing inviting vocal harmonies and horns with glitches and trippy sitars. "Playhouses" is only slightly less radical, with its wildly syncopated drumming and Tunde Adepimbe's layered, impassioned singing. At times, Return to Cookie Mountain threatens to become more impressive than likable -- a complaint that could arguably be leveled against Desperate Youth as well -- but fortunately, TV on the Radio reconnect with, and build on, the intimacy and purity that made Young Liars so striking. David Bowie's backing vocals on "Province" are only one part of the song's enveloping warmth, rather than its focal point, while the album's centerpiece, "A Method," is another beautiful example of the band's haunting update on doo wop. Meanwhile, the mention of "the needle/the dirty spoon" on "Tonight" cements it as a gorgeous but unsettling urban elegy. As with all their other work, on Return to Cookie Mountain TV on the Radio deal with the fallout of living in a post-9/11 world; politics and morality are still touchstones for the band, particularly on the anguished "Blues from Down Here" and "Hours," on which Adepimbe urges, "Now listen to the truth." Notably, though, the album builds on the hopeful, or at least living-for-the-moment, vibe that emerged at the end of Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. The sexy, funky "Wolf Like Me," which is the closest the album gets to rock in any conventional sense of the term, and "Dirtywhirl," which spins together images of girls and hurricanes, offer erotic escapes. And by the time the epic final track, "Wash the Day," revisits the sitars that opened the album with a serene, hypnotic groove, Return to Cookie Mountain gives the most complete representation of the hopes, joys, and fears within TV on the Radio's music.
Rolling Stone - Jonathan Ringen
1/2 For their major-label follow-up, the Brooklyn art rockers have honed and amplified the best elements of the previous album -- monster synth riffs, Brian Wilson-style multitracked vocals, shoegazing walls of sound -- while adding awesome new moves.
Entertainment Weekly - Greg Kot
You won't hear airier, more evocative singing on a rock record this year. (A-)
The Guardian - Alexis Petridis
A new-found clarity and confidence are all over Return to Cookie Mountain.... Frontman Tunde Adebimpe is revealed to have a fantastic voice.... Return to Cookie Mountain is largely a delight - an experimental album with a pop heart that avoids self-indulgence.

1/2 For their major-label follow-up, the Brooklyn art rockers have honed and amplified the best elements of the previous album -- monster synth riffs, Brian Wilson-style multitracked vocals, shoegazing walls of sound -- while adding awesome new moves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: 4ad Records Uk
  • UPC: 652637260724
  • Catalog Number: 2607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Was a Lover (4:21)
  2. 2 Hours (3:55)
  3. 3 Province (4:37)
  4. 4 Playhouses (5:11)
  5. 5 Wolf Like Me (4:39)
  6. 6 A Method (4:25)
  7. 7 Let the Devil In (4:27)
  8. 8 Dirtywhirl (4:15)
  9. 9 Blues from Down Here (5:17)
  10. 10 Tonight (6:53)
  11. 11 Wash the Day (8:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
TV on the Radio Primary Artist
David Bowie Vocals
Chris Taylor Clarinet, Horn
Kazu Makino Vocals
Stuart Bogie Horn
Jeremy Wilms Cello
Katrina Ford Vocals
Tunde Adebimpe Percussion, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kyp Malone Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Jaleel Bunton Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Choir, Chorus, fender rhodes
Martin Perna Horn
Gerard Smith Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Choir, Chorus, Electric Sitar
Technical Credits
Chris Taylor Horn Arrangements
Vaughan Oliver Art Direction
Steve Fallone Mastering
Marco Atkins Images
David Andrew Sitek Producer, Audio Production
Tunde Adebimpe Composer, Art Direction, Illustrations
Chris Coady Engineer
Chris Moore Engineer
Brooke Gillespie Intern
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