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KUMD Album Reviews: TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Having relocated to Los Angeles to record for the first time as a band in about three years, TV on the Radio’s latest album, Nine Types of Light, is the band’s brightest and, dare I say, most “feel-good” album yet. Taking a cue from their impressive 2008 release, Dear Science, TVotR’s latest songs are polished and have a clear structure. The ambient experimentation with wanton atmospherics found on previous releases are in short supply here, possibly reflecting the change of scenery.
The punchy brass section lends welcome color to the muscular bass lines and soulful, borderline funk hooks. The lyrics maintain a sinister sense of humor ("Forgotten"), and the psychedelic moments are not completely lost ("Killer Crane") – this is still the TV on the Radio you know and love, not a watered-down version of Return to Cookie Mountain. Despite the recent passing of bassist Gerard Smith, TV on the Radio will continue their world tour through the end of summer.
Recommended if you like: Jookabox, Janelle Monae, The Walkmen
Focus tracks: "Second Song", "You", "Caffeinated Consciousness"