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Dear Science

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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DGC/Interscope
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Over two years since their astonishing 2006 album "Return to Cookie Mountain", New York avant garde standard-bearers TV ON THE RADIO return with their long-awaited new album, "Dear Science". Produced by the group?s multi-instrumentalist Dave Sitek, "Dear Science" finds the Brooklyn group fine-tuning what they did best on "Return to Cookie Mountain". The band's Brooklyn friends: the Afro-funk group ANTIBALAS, lend some golden horn rave-ups to "Red Dress" and Katrina Ford of CELEBRATION delivers angelic harmonies on the orchestral closer "Lover's Day". But if beautifully damaged tracks such as "Dreams" and "Ambulance", from their debut album "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes" is what does it for you, don't worry - TV On The Radio?s latest addition still goes for the jugular in the melancholic and moody department.


"The songs are vertiginous, full of cantilevered rhythms and synthetic sounds, yet openly catchy . . . " -- The New York Times - Arts & Leisure, September 7, 2008 by Jon Pareles

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious fun November 3, 2008
By P. Opus
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit right away to feeling a little out of my depth as I sit down to write this review. I'm a latecomer to the whole TVOTR thing. I don't currently own a copy of Return To Cookie Mountain (soon to be corrected, however), despite its apparent esteemed status in the post-2000 indie canon. I'm in my 30s and am feeling increasingly distanced from the plethora of new indie bands that appear on the scene every year. Maybe that's not a bad thing, maybe it's inevitable, but I guess I am just having a harder time separating the wheat from the chaff. I'll admit to having bought this CD on a whim, largely because it's a step outside what I typically listen to and I am trying to branch out some more. All that to say, this is not the review of someone who is intimately familiar with the band's prior recorded output.

I believe that this band is in the same general age category as myself (I recall reading that somewhere, at least) and that doesn't surprise me when I hear this CD. I recall reading in the same article that the band member being interviewed referenced the Cure and other 80s alt-rock bands as touchstones in his musical development. I hear a lot of that here and I like it, since that is the music I listened to back in high school as well. But the key is, this band doesn't just stop there. I hear Prince influences, the Antibalas horn section, and a lot of digital sounds in the mix too. Yes it does seem very produced but for some reason this doesn't bother me that much because there is so much else to pay attention to. Then there's the matter of the lyrics. In "Red Dress," probably the emotional core of this album, Adebimpe lays it all on the table - I urge anyone considering whether or not to buy this album to look up these lyrics online and read them.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What good music is all about. November 16, 2008
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There was something about 'Return To Cookie Mountain' that intrigued me and I tried repeatedly to get into that record. Ultimately, I came away liking only a couple of the songs but also with great respect for the band's creativity. It was an unusual combination of feelings.

For me, 'Dear Science' resolves that conflict. There is no sacrifice in imagination or creativity and the songs have a more accessible style which peaks in track two, 'Crying'. However, there is no lack of dark sentiment here, both musically and lyrically. In particular, 'Halfway Home' and 'Family Tree' two of the record's highlights, generate a feeling of weird dread and disturbance due to the ideas and pictures they suggest but never fully reveal.

While all the lyrics are interesting and fit very well with the music, vocalist Tunde Adebimpe's lyrics are are nothing short of poetry. His narrative sketches are, at times, almost hypnotic.

Guitarist David Sitek's production is noticeable for the intelligent balance it strikes between the Jaleel Bunton's multi-level drumming styles and nice touches of horns here and there amongst the synths and vocals.

As for the deluxe edition? There are actually sixteen tracks, with track twelve being exactly four minutes of silence. The four extra tracks are worth the extra cash. 'Make Love All Night Long' is a good song but not quite as good as the album tracks. 'Heroic Dose' clocks in at about seven minutes and has a spoken french vocal over electronics and horns - also pretty good. 'Dancing Choose' is the only song I don't like on the record and so the remix leaves me cold too. The remix of 'Crying' is a little longer than the original at 4.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Ambivalence January 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I can't remember when I felt so ambivalent about an album (and a band) as I do about TVOTR and "Dear Science." There are some terrific songs on the record. But overall the music is so over-thought, so over-arranged and over-produced that it can barely breathe, let alone rock. Every bit of aural space has to be filled with some kind of effect or little gewgaw, as if the band wanted so much to impress the listener with their creativity. They need to loosen up. Maybe get rid of Sitek, since he seems to be responsible for much of the clutter. Tunde Adebimpe's a strong vocalist, but he's down too low in the mix. Maybe the band will get it right the next time. There's enough good stuff on this one to make me hopeful.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Deluxe version instead September 24, 2008
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If you are downloading the MP3 album as a whole, pay an additional 50 cents and download the Deluxe version instead. It has four more tracks.

UPDATE (10/2/2011)

I don't know if it is a permanent price change, but the deluxe version is now five bucks, whereas the version with four fewer tracks costs nine forty nine. Getting the deluxe version is a no-brainer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Science experiment July 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
TV On The Radio have recorded their most listener friendly album ever. Don't let that sway you though, as the follow up to "Return To Cookie Mountain" is quite good, and doesn't scream sell out. There's not a bum track on it, which might make contemporaries like Bloc Party a little envious.

By making their music more melodious, TV On The Radio has finally garnered my full attention; I found their previous releases too obtuse. I knew the band had an excess of talent, but always found myself becoming bored with their music. It seemed like they were trying to hard, and I couldn't tell what they were getting at. Because of their previous dense recordings, it seems like TV On The Radio wanted to lighten up on this album. They did lighten up the production but not the mood, as this album is somewhat fixated on death and dying.

On this release, TV On The Radio retained their edginess, and has created an emotional album in the process. TV On The Radio wears its influences proudly as evidenced by the Peter Gabriel like opener "Halfway Home," and the Bowiesque "Red Dress." Stylistically, the album ranges from synth pop to jazz-tinged ballads. The guitar work on this album is strong as are the vocals by Tunde Adebimpe who is able to sing various styles effortlessly.

TV On The Radio has matured on this album and seems content in exploring new sonics, which has me curious to see what the future brings.
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Published 2 months ago by mxbxh
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best.
The best record (at the moment) from this band that is from another galaxy.
If you like this band, don't doubt, just buy it.
Published 4 months ago by Ricardo B.
5.0 out of 5 stars So great
I could listen to this album over and over and over and over again. But I'm a bit OCD. So let your conscience be your guide.
Published 5 months ago by J. Overocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmatched Depth and Style
This album, as a whole, defies definition and is distinguishable in almost every way an album can be; it's music, lyrics, accessibility, rhythm, danceability, and emotional depth... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal.
I wanted to say "perfect," at first, but how many albums can you honestly say that about? Maybe 14 or 15? Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by STEPHEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year, Seriously
A flawless album. Never a dull moment. One of the best of the decade. If you don't believe me, Spin, Rolling Stone, MTV, Entertainment Weekly and more named it the album of the... Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by Tom Weens
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible compression = terrible album.
I bought this album, like its (far superior) predecessor, as soon as it came out. Unlike Cookie Mountain, I have since returned it to the place where I bought it from. Read more
Published on September 17, 2009 by Graciela
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Science Great.... Return to Cookie Mountain terrible
"Dear Science" was my first foray into TVOTR and I was bowled over - the density of the music can be a little much but the underlying rhythms are so different, one song to the... Read more
Published on September 11, 2009 by JimM
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky variables, jive equation
Mix aural traces of Africa, Europe, and New York. Approach a Radiohead solution by way of Talking Heads (or vice versa). Read more
Published on July 28, 2009 by Tom Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars thick brew
This work is deeply rooted in rhythm & blues, while at the same time sounding thoroughly unconventional. Read more
Published on June 21, 2009 by Matt K
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