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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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  • ParalelFuture

    interesting band!

    18 Dec 6:36pm Reply
  • victimofkratina

    TIL these guys are still around.

    13 Dec 7:34pm Reply
  • Hotton5

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

    6 Dec 3:07am 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 6:41am Reply
  • whiteclef1

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

    27 Nov 8:23pm Reply
  • Mountain_Man

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

    27 Nov 6:47pm Reply
  • beefigursk

    Does anyone agree with this guy? I'm still mixed about how I feel on Seeds. http://staticdistance.com/2014/11/22/review-tv-on-the-radio-seeds/

    25 Nov 6:27pm Reply
  • nwatts

    seeds lacks horns, has some strange melodies, but damn, as soon as quartz kicks in, you know this is TV on the radio

    24 Nov 1:22pm Reply
  • JeremyLee

    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.

    24 Nov 12:46pm Reply
  • nallelyst

    new album is amazing!!!!

    23 Nov 10:29pm Reply
  • TeejBurke

    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

    23 Nov 6:15pm Reply
  • Stillblade

    I like the new album. Not as good as their best, but it's very solid. Either way, the title track is just as good as anything they've ever done. Wow.

    23 Nov 6:49am Reply
  • Mountain_Man

    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?

    22 Nov 7:19pm Reply
  • eN4ez

    Happy Idiotιlι.ιl..ιllιlι.ιl..ιllιlι.ιl.

    22 Nov 12:36am Reply
  • MattoCole

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    21 Nov 2:54pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    New album is decent.

    21 Nov 5:25am Reply
  • TehSpiral

    I wanted to love the new album SO MUCH...but I'm very disappointed. There a few good-to-great songs on Seeds. Overall, though, it's an extremely generic indie rock LP. It just doesn't sound like TVOTR to me.

    20 Nov 9:29pm Reply
  • Solar_Smile

    Really Good.

    20 Nov 8:25pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    !

    20 Nov 5:31am Reply
  • TENxTEN

    " the only good thing about new album is it's cover. " Everyone is entitled to their opinions but there's no way you're serious with this statement. Ha ha. You can't find a single good thing about the album outside of the artwork? I Just find that extremely hard to believe. Seeds is still on heavy rotation for me. This is one of the catchiest albums I've ever heard and that's definitely not a bad thing because TVOTR does pop music so well.

    20 Nov 3:28am Reply
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