Thursday, September 25, 2008

New TV on the Radio?

So every time TV on the Radio release a new album, it gets ecstatically good reviews-- in every publication from Pitchfork to Time Magazine-- and all kinds of hype. I usually resist the hype for a while (as I do with basically every new album everyone gets excited about that I don't really care about because I'm too busy listening to Prince bootlegs or whatever) and then finally bite the bullet and get it. I usually find it sonically interesting (though often harsh to my ears) with a few solid songs, but mostly not that great and I usually only listen to it a few times. My favorite song of theirs is still the hidden-track doo-wop cover of the Pixies' Mr. Grieves.

So, my question to you all: Have you checked out the new one? It's getting the same boatloads of hype and near-unanimous great reviews, but will I like it any more than the last one?


Alex said...

No, you won't like it more than the others. I guess it's less boring, but my exact reaction to it is that it's all production and sonic presentation but the songs are only "good."

texplush said...

Though I was really disapointed with their first 2 albums (i like the EP), this one has much better songs. The production values (gritty synths, blah blah) no longer are the dominant player as they once were.
there is now more Prince-like guitars, nice string arrangements, and notably, the addition of Anitbalas Afrobeat Orchestra on several tracks, whose horns for my money make the whole record.
But yes, the songs have taken a much needed leap in quality. These guys are clearly sick of being all style and no substance.