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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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  • 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
  • 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • nallelyst

    new album is amazing!!!!

    23 Nov 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • eN4ez

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

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
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