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TV on the Radio gets to do anything. Like a small platoon whose pleasing impenetrability is their core, the band consistently confounds expectations while managing to balance respect from critics and peers alike. The result is TV on the Radio gets to do anything they want. This freedom is their engine.

“It’s about doing what feels right,” says singer Tunde Adebimpe. “I really feel like this band is something that is expansive and always changing and growing. If we wear our influences on our sleeve, it’s a pretty crowded sleeve.”

It’s no different with Seeds, the new and fifth proper studio album that Adebimpe has made along with Jaleel Bunton, Kyp Malone, and David Andrew Sitek (who also produced it). Having long outlasted that early 2000s fascination with all things Brooklyn to which the hip willfully succumbed, they continue to conquer music on their own terms. This album serves as another step in continuing to heed their reputation as “the most vital, current band in America” (Associated Press).

This go-round the songs are immediate and triumphant, textured with storytelling hooks and possibly the most honest music this band has ever composed. They’ve hit a point where they’re OK being straight-up beautiful without having to manipulate prettiness into whatever unforeseen shape.

Slate says Seeds has “TV on the Radio’s best songs in years. They are sounding sharper than ever.” And the band knows it. Adebimpe has already said this is the band’s best record. Not a boast, just an observation.

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  • seanmcgowan

    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.

    10 Mar 4:30pm Reply
  • Exzart

    alone in the dark

    25 Feb 5:45pm Reply
  • zeton_gig24_pl

    Słowo na niedziele - polecam koncerty w TV i radio: 1. Femme Fatale - koncert Justyny Steczkowskiej 2. Sprzedawcy używanego rock'n'rolla - 25 lat T. Love 3. Dawid Podsiadło z zespołem Curly Heads w Trójce http://gig24.pl/informator-muzyczny/newsy/item/460-koncerty-w-tv-i-radio-dawid-podsiadlo-z-zespolem-curly-heads-w-trojce.html Program koncertów w telewizji i radio: http://gig24.pl/informator-muzyczny/koncerty-w-tv-i-radio.html

    22 Feb 11:53am Reply
  • jkralovich

    http://wp.me/p4m5lT-EO

    22 Feb 2:36am Reply
  • BrokenSignals

    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.

    21 Feb 3:48pm Reply
  • KuriousBanana

    I'm so pissed :( but I wish him to get better soon) [2]

    7 Feb 12:19pm Reply
  • nimityaka_

    v I'm so pissed :( but I wish him to get better soon

    6 Feb 10:40pm Reply
  • dzzzt

    Europe tour is cancelled, check their FB page. :(

    5 Feb 6:14pm Reply
  • Christophogo

    RtCM ☄ Seeds ♞ 9ToL ♔ DY, BB ♬ DS

    3 Feb 4:07pm Reply
  • titchio

    Return to Cookie Mountain > Seeds > Nine Types Of Light > Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes > Dear Science. I seriously can't get into Dear Science. Bar DLZ I find it distinctly average.

    28 Jan 1:59pm Reply
  • Pam-param-pam

    Новый альбом хорош!

    18 Jan 6:13am Reply
  • aurelioloser

    new album amazing!!!!

    13 Jan 2:44pm Reply
  • Strokarlos

    ...new album sounds really good.

    10 Jan 11:59pm Reply
  • instant-nature

    gefällt mir

    7 Jan 2:09am Reply
  • ParalelFuture

    interesting band!

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • victimofkratina

    TIL these guys are still around.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Hotton5

    Seeds isn't a bad album, but it also isn't in TV on the Radio's level of quality.

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • TehSpiral

    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.

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • whiteclef1

    Dear Science --> Return To Cookie Mountain --> Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes --> Seeds --> Nine Types of Light

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Mountain_Man

    Dear Science --> Seeds --> Return To Cookie Mountain --> Nine Types of Light --> Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
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