Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Release date
9 Mar 2004
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Staring At The Sun 3:58 277,960
1 The Wrong Way 4:37 122,440
2 King Eternal 4:28 108,995
3 Dreams 5:09 135,300
4 Ambulance 4:55 118,304
5 Poppy 6:07 102,777
6 Don't Love You 5:31 96,169
7 Bomb Yourself 5:32 95,673
8 Wear You Out 9:54 89,458

About this album

TV on the Radio’s Young Liars EP was a wonderful surprise, signaling the arrival of one of the most unique acts to seemingly come out of nowhere during the 2000s. Its alchemy of strange sonic bedfellows like post-punk and doo wop, and powerful vocals and experimental leanings, into songs that were challenging and accessible was no small feat; indeed, Young Liars was such an accomplished EP that it begged the question — and ratcheted up the expectations — of what TV on the Radio could do over the course of an entire album. The answer arrives with Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, a deeper, darker, denser version of the band’s already ambitious sound. Dave Sitek and Tunde Adepimbe push their abilities as sculptors of sounds and words to new limits. Adepimbe in particular continues to prove himself as a distinctive and captivating voice, both musically and lyrically. Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes’ opening track, “The Wrong Way,” is one of the best reflections of his strengths as a singer and writer, and of TV on the Radio’s overall growth. Through the song, Adepimbe explores his feelings about being a black man and about black culture at large. Inwardly, he wavers between radical and placating thoughts and his feelings of obligation to be “Teachin’ folks the score/About patience, understanding, agape babe/And sweet sweet amour.” Around him, he sees mindless materialism, with bling “fallin’ down just like rain,” and misplaced anger and violence: “Hey, desperate youth! Oh bloodthirsty babes! Oh your guns are pointed the wrong way.

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  • DookieMestrebug

    So let's get straight: LET ME WEAR YOU OOOOOOOOOUT!

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • zoneD100

    What the hell was I doing back in 2004? Should have listened to this album since then because it's a pure gold <3

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • akauser

    So far their most mellow album. Slow-paced but nice and pleasing, especially Poppy, Ambulance, and Dreams.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • mozzareIIa

    Their best.

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • paintme_love

    i miss old tvotr

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • meister333

    Their best along with Dear Science

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TheMusicalVito

    Nothing in the world sounds like this.

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • agatapoppy

    uhm, someone wrote "well, they're not that awesome", pfff! WeLL, THEY ARE!:)

    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Wise_Guy13

    Amazing album. My favorite of theirs for sure.

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • babyphatman

    this is their best for me...

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • PoulpeJaune

    Their best.

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    its what got me into them, the newest at the time, and they were totally mysterious. years past and it's still as powerful and anthemic...

    22 Aug 2009 Reply
  • SeanK262

    King Eternal is incredible.

    18 Jul 2009 Reply
  • ugomonio

    This album is pleasant to me more than the others...

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Alexatron

    such an unappreciated album i think its way better than return to cookie mountain

    8 Dec 2008 Reply
  • HendrixFan42

    out of their three albums, this is the one that had to grow on me the most, but slowly I'm beginning to think it may be their best

    25 Oct 2008 Reply
  • beatfanatic

    king eternal and dreams are my favs . the whole album is really good

    24 Sep 2008 Reply

    and after this listen to some Summoning ;)

    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Sepia_Verve

    all your dreams are over now, my own voice cannot save me now

    22 Sep 2008 Reply
  • visaversa

    New to this album. 2nd listen= twice as good as the first. The end of Dreams is especially well done. Staring at the Sun is almost too pop catchy, but I like it more than is appropriate.

    9 Sep 2008 Reply
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