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TV on the RadioVinyl
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (March 9, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Touch & Go Reco
  • ASIN: B0001F7URK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Wrong Way
2. Staring at the Sun
3. Dreams
4. King Eternal
5. Ambulance
6. Poppy
7. Don't Love You
8. Bomb Yourself
9. Wear You Out
10. Dreams [Multimedia Track]

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
What does "hipster" even mean?? and is the fact that this band is composed of "hipsters" that significant to the album? I will venture a guess and say no. I'm not particularly enamoured of the self-righteous wierdness of musicians who defiantly call themselves "Indie", i don't wear Rivers Cuomo brand square-rim glasses, and I never considered myself a "hipster" but I still love this CD. I just had to get that hipster rant off my chest cuz it seems like a lot of people (everywhere, not just in these reviews) have taken this band as some sort of indie rock experiment, only worth considering it in the context of all those other wierd indy guys.

i was introduced to the band by MTV2 in Italy, which was playing one of their videos at about 3am. As an avid electronic music fan and practitioner, my ears are somewhat attuned to the twisty sounds of synthesizers and unmistakable precision of drum machines, much like hippies are attracted to didgeridoos, bar chords, and Grateful Dead covers. TVOTR initially struck me as another generally enjoyable though not terribly interesting synthpop band, like Zero7 or Air or any of those other unobtrusive sorts of electro-lounge outfits. But I kept waiting for what i figured was the inevitable beat drop into a chorus or something, and the more it didn't happen, the more interested I got, cuz i couldn't quite figure out what the hell they were up to. When the song finally wound down and ended, more of a 4 minute swell than a build to an ultimate climax, i thought "that was interesting" and bought the album shortly thereafter.

This really is some very unique and somewhat unpredictable music. Regardless of what some reviewers claim, it is not anything remotely close to a Massive Attack knock-off.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but ultimately disappointing August 1, 2004
By Colin
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album since the day it was released, and it's taken me this long to come to a conclusion regarding my feelings toward it. At first, I wanted to like it, all of it. The first song showed some hope for the album's reaching my high expectations, which were set in reference to the band's absolutely brilliant EP, "Young Liars." From track 2 onward, however, I was, for the most part, let down. The band showed true potential for greatness in their EP, but the album as a whole essentially falls short. "Wrong Way," "Staring at the Sun" (why did they cut out the vocal intro?!? it's so beautiful!), "Ambulance," and "Poppy" are the album's only truly strong tracks. The rest of the record is nice enough, but this band is capable of so much better. I originally had this rated as 3 stars, but I decided that a band with so much potential for so much better (as proven on "Young Liars") deserved at least 4.

P.S.- I haven't had the opportunity to see them perform these songs live, and I hear they put on a hell of a show. Seeing these songs played live could easily change my impression of the mediocre tracks on the album, and that fact should be taken into account.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable March 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having recently had the supreme privilege of seeing this group perform at an intimate gig, TV has jumped from great band to full on superstars in my view. Blessed with the incredible vocal power of not one but two artistic savants (Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone), this band defies any attempt and pigeonholing. Hints of classic soul, perhaps even true doo wop might be observable, but in no way should the potential listener believe they know what this band sounds like before they put their own ears through the experience. When first listening to "Young Liars", comparisons to Peter Gabriel seemed natural, but really only stand up in a surface comparison to the vocal textures. The lyrics possess a darkness and intensity rarely seen. There is a sense of protest in their song crafting, a palpable aura of rebellion.. Not becoming anything so simple as a political statement or stance on issues, they seem to radiate an intrinsic feeling of non-acceptance to the cold layers of society. In "Staring at the Sun", which makes its way from their brilliant debut "Young Liars", the singers hang on with concentrated determination ("Oh my own voice can not save me now / It's just one more breath and then down I'll go") in front of their unique wall of sound. Occasionally, Kyp breaks out some guitar chord melodies that accent that wall, but don't expect any self gratifying guitar solo's to appear. This band works in unison to create a sound unlike any other, a sound that is refined and expanded on "Desparate Youth". This band is for real, they are truly going to be one of the greatest bands of this decade if they continue down the path they are laying.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh! the album this could've been February 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
First off, let me say how much I appreciate the ingenuity in this album. The Wrong Way is almost flawless. An announcing horn section leads you through the intro to this album. It's the only song on the album to which I would give the vaunted five stars. Staring at the Sun is the next song and the first song which displays the problems with this album as I see it. The beats don't go anywhere as adventurous as the introductions. In each song there is such an intriguing introduction. We enter into a new world, such as the one Alice in Wonderland was introduced by the rabbit. When we first enter these songs, the possibilities seem endless. Where will they take us? What horizons are approached by these intriguing artists who have presented us with something so new, so different. Unfortunately, we learn as we progress through the caverns that the highlights are all in the intros. This was all corrected, in my opinion, in The Return to Cookie Mountain. That may be the less flawed album. I listened to this album many times, trying to understand the abundant critical praise. I never understood it. Did these guys show promise...Heck yeah, but they weren't there yet, as Cookie Mountain proved. This isn't the album with which to start your TV on the Radio collection. Many people loathe reviewers like me who will only provide one star or five, but I don't normally feel inspired to write an review for the two to four album or book. This album is the could've been, should've been that Cookie Mountain was. It was upon hearing Cookie Mountain that I thought back on what was missing with this album. Maybe they should've added a more substantial bridge to the heart of the song that took us away from the workings of the song, then brought us back. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So good
Published 2 months ago by Seafagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes!
This band is amazing so I am a little biased but I think you should probably go ahead and pick yourself up one of these gems!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful band
I love the tune Staring In The sun. Great jam! TV on the radio is awesome. I love the artwork on the album.
Published 9 months ago by Robert A. Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars This band is great
I saw them at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans and I was hooked. I do prefer some of their other CDs a little more but this is certainly worth the cash.
Published 18 months ago by Jill N Lindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite TV on the Radio album
Classic TV on the Radio sound. I love all the songs on this album, I wish I bought a CD for myself and not only for my boyfriend...
Published 22 months ago by Zabrina Yaremko
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
TV on the Radio is a great avant-garde rock band out of New York. They have quite the unique sounds, though they tend to tread in Beck's territory. Read more
Published on August 19, 2011 by Istvan Kolnhofer
4.0 out of 5 stars Post post rock
Absorbing feature introduction to one of modern rock's most promising indie upstarts, DY is afforded a more natural fluidity later consciously challenging material can elude.
Published on September 30, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars for better or worse
awesome-every song is sung with so much feeling, saw these guys live and they're far better on the album.
Published on December 17, 2008 by lydia_online
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I got this CD after Return to Cookie Mountain. At first I thought I liked Cookie Mountain better, but now I listen to this one more. It's great.
Published on December 18, 2007 by Mashmal
4.0 out of 5 stars as a sophomore release, it's damn good
it's very rare that any band as celebrated as this one survives their own press to make a truly great 2nd album. Read more
Published on December 22, 2006 by risa
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