Return To Cookie Mountain

Release date
12 Sep 2006
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 I Was A Lover 4:21 217,095
2 Hours 3:56 161,491
3 Province 4:37 199,535
4 Playhouses 5:12 172,398
5 Wolf Like Me 4:37 428,698
6 A Method 4:26 161,601
7 Let The Devil In 4:25 153,723
8 Dirtywhirl 4:14 194,228
9 Blues From Down Here 5:18 148,458
10 Tonight 6:53 145,844
11 Wash The Day 8:08 147,529
12 Untitled 1:42 18,535
13 Snakes And Martyrs 4:06 59,519
14 Hours (El-P remix) 4:24 48,903
15 Things You Can Do 5:27 45,966

About this album

As passionate as ever, but now with a little more polish, TV on the Radio’s second album (and Interscope debut), Return to Cookie Mountain, is their most satisfying work since they exploded onto the scene with Young Liars. More than some of their indie rock peers, TV on the Radio seems comfortable on a major label. They’ve always been a band with a big, unapologetically ambitious sound, and on Return to Cookie Mountain, they give that sound room to breathe with a lush, expansive production. The sonic depth throughout the album is a sharp contrast with the density of their first full-length, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, which was so jam-packed with sounds and ideas that it was nearly suffocated by them. However, Return to Cookie Mountain is hardly slick or dumbed-down for mass consumption. In fact, the opening track, “I Was a Lover,” is one of the band’s most challenging songs yet, mixing a stuttering hip-hop beat with guitars of Loveless proportions and juxtaposing inviting vocal harmonies and horns with glitches and trippy sitars. “Playhouses” is only slightly less radical, with its wildly syncopated drumming and Tunde Adepimbe’s layered, impassioned singing. At times, Return to Cookie Mountain threatens to become more impressive than likeable — a complaint that could also arguably be leveled against Desperate Youth as well — but fortunately, TV on the Radio reconnects with, and builds on, the intimacy and purity that made Young Liars so striking.

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