Young Liars

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Despite their connections to the New York rock scene -- the band is based in Brooklyn's Williamsburg district and keyboardist/sound manipulator David Andrew Sitek has produced releases by the Liars and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- TV on the Radio's debut EP, Young Liars, is difficult to place, musically or geographically speaking. The angular, arty feel that informs the bands that Sitek has worked with is evident in TV on the Radio's music too, but in a cool, implosive way; combined with the keyboards and electronics that make up the backbone of their songs and Tunde Adebimpe's richly melancholy vocals, they don't sound like any other band out there. Elements of electronica, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Despite their connections to the New York rock scene -- the band is based in Brooklyn's Williamsburg district and keyboardist/sound manipulator David Andrew Sitek has produced releases by the Liars and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- TV on the Radio's debut EP, Young Liars, is difficult to place, musically or geographically speaking. The angular, arty feel that informs the bands that Sitek has worked with is evident in TV on the Radio's music too, but in a cool, implosive way; combined with the keyboards and electronics that make up the backbone of their songs and Tunde Adebimpe's richly melancholy vocals, they don't sound like any other band out there. Elements of electronica, post-rock, film music, even spirituals and traditional African vocal music combine and recombine throughout Young Liars' five songs so organically that it's clear that TV on the Radio isn't striving to be "eclectic" or "atmospheric": the band is simply using their naturally diverse elements and influences to create something wholly distinctive. And Young Liars delivers just that, starting with the opening track, "Satellite," which begins with a martial, crunchy drumbeat and ominously droning synths before blossoming out into flutes and Adebimpe's close harmonies. Sitek and Adebimpe's collaboration is nothing less than inspired, with Sitek's skills as a sound sculptor providing the perfect foil for Adebimpe, who is something of a rarity in the world of indie music: a vocalist who can really sing. His falsetto on "Staring at the Sun" gives it an added depth, while his circular, layered vocals on the stunning "Blind" make the song's simple lyrics "I seen a girl with a guy/Her hair like yours from what I remember/It's been so long since last December" truly moving. Likewise, "Young Liars" itself conveys a soulful paranoia that ties into the spiritual undercurrent of the entire EP and is expressed most literally by its hidden track, a radical cover of the Pixies' "Mr. Grieves." Part doo wop and part spiritual, it's almost completely unrecognizable to the original, but once again it proves that TV on the Radio doesn't travel obvious routes. More promising than most full-length debuts, Young Liars needs to be heard by anyone who values smart, challenging music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • UPC: 036172095223
  • Catalog Number: 252
  • Sales rank: 62,175

Album Credits

Performance Credits
TV on the Radio Primary Artist
Katrina Ford Vocals
Brian Chase Drums
Aaron Hemphill Guitar
Tunde Adebimpe Vocals
Nick Zinner Guitar
Technical Credits
John Golden Mastering
David Andrew Sitek Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Paul Mahajan Producer, Engineer
Chris Moore Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crazy Cool

    As TV on the Radio's first EP, this record is outstanding, with all five tracks raw and powerful. I especially like the title track "Young Liars," a song which has become my year-long anthem. PLEASE look into TVOTR--the band is worth every second!

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