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  • Audio CD (March 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0001BVI86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,390 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

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Pop, rock, and art songs about discordant living, misrepresentation, life, afterlife, love, and love "after hours". Scandalous. Undeniably catchy songs with incredible production, arrangements, champion crooning, and a host of extras. "They sound like Pere Ubu meets Belfegore meets The Tar Babies meets a way less chilly Notwist with a smidge of Metric thrown in"--Jane.

TVOTR is a highly original group from Brooklyn, NY characterized by vocals that range from crazily high-pitched to group chanting and a pop-based sound that’s rampantly experimental but always melodic. Unlike their school-of-’78-in-’04 peers such as the Rapture and Interpol, TVOTR’s music is as rooted in blues, free jazz and gospel as it is the post-punk canon or contemporary electronic music. This makes Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes far more interesting, naturally; the purely vocal "Ambulance" is novel and exciting as anything by Björk, Spongehead Experience or Pere Ubu. With lyrics that impressively, and un-preachingly, tackle issues of race and war, this finalist for 2004’s Shortlist Competition easily ranks among the best albums of that year. --Mike McGonigal

Customer Reviews

That said, it's not BAD by any means.
Rubin Carver
Don't really care for Ambulance or Poppy....they are not bad songs but they are long and drag on.
Highly recommended to fans of indie rock.
The Wickerman

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By resident_out_of_touch on August 16, 2005
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 By Colin on August 1, 2004
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mud Pyramid on 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Musical Harbinger on August 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am puzzled by the reviews for this band. It is not only one of the most creative bands to date, along the same lines as Gorillaz, Soul Coughing, Radiohead, Morphine, ect, but also has some of the best lyrics I have ever heard. I understand the repitition of some of the beats, but come on people! We moan everyday that we don't want what MTV feeds us, but when band come up with new and original material, we base it on beats? Hello? Everyone is entitiled to their own opinion, but with corporate rock at an all time high, we should be applauding bands who think of new ways to make music.

Now the album. I love the sincerity of what lyrics come out of this band. When they sing, its something awesome. One of the first songs, "Staring at the Sun" seems to be a reminder of Queen meeting the Black Eyed Peas. It is an awesome mix of desperate vocals and a thumping bass line, which is almost like the seering heat of looking at the sun. I will admit that some of the songs can be a bit tedius and tends to droll a little. But then comes my favorite, "Ambulance" which mixes vocal doo-wop (vibe) with some awesome kid-like romance. This is their junior album, so there are some things that can and will be worked out as the group matures. Personally, this album is worth the buy and is worth being shown and heard on so-called music stations such as MTV and Clear Channel radio.
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