After an album like Return to Cookie Mountain, it'd make sense for a drop off. Dear Science offered none, if anything it was a step up. Nine Types of Light may have been lateral, or a slight drop off compared to Dear Science. Due to that I never expected Seeds to offer much. And boy, I couldn't have been more wrong. I may have grown to love this album more than Dear Science so far... It just keep growing, and I just can't stop listening.
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Anyone else feel that the fact that everyone seems to have a different favorite album is a big reason why this band is special? Everyone seems to have a different reason why they like the band since the band changes with every album. It seems that with a lot of other bands there is a disagreement among only a couple albums as to which is the best.
Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes > Return to Cookie Mountain = Dear Science > Nine Types of Light > Seeds. The drop in quality is most pronounced between NTOL and Seeds. Seeds is the logical evolution of the poppy and more traditional rock direction NTOL went down, but NTOL is still solid from top to bottom; it had some heft to throw around, and the jazzy horn flourishes that are (were?) a TVOTR staple see limited but effective use. Cue Seeds...a blah, nondescript release that feels toothless. I hate to make it seem like TVOTR shouldn't try new things musically, but eschewing your signature style for a bland, Coldplay-like sound (or any other similarly watered-down alt-rock groups) seems like a step backwards to me. I just hope this is a transitional record for them and that what I loved about this group didn't fade away with poor Gerard Smith. I guess I'll wait another three years and hope they come back with more gusto.
Seeds have been growing a lot on me. After the first two singles I was sure that I would dislike the album but in the context of the album I've even started to like Happy Idiot! I don't like Seeds as much as Dear Science but it is a really fun listen with great songwriting.
New album would have been more jarring if it had come right after Cookie Mountain, but they've been building towards this for the last three albums.
Wolf Like Me --> Dancing Choose --> No Future Shock --> Happy Idiot
I was disappointed after the first listen but now I'm totally in love with this album. Songs like "Ride" and "Trouble" could be removed from the album to make it better though. It's not typical T.V. on the Radio, but when have they ever been typical?