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Maximum Balloon

Maximum BalloonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B003VOVW6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Groove Me (feat. Theophilus London)
2. Young Love (feat. Katrina Ford)
3. Absence of Light (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
4. If You Return (feat. Little Dragon)
5. Shakedown (feat. Kyp Malone)
6. Communion (feat. Karen O)
7. Tiger (feat. Aku)
8. The Lesson (feat. Holly Miranda)
9. Apartment Wrestling (v's David Byrne)
10. Pink Bricks (feat. Ambrosia Parsley)

Editorial Reviews

David Andrew Sitek would be content enough if he were just one of the five guys in TV On The Radio. His role as guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and sometimes beat-boxer for one of the world's most original bands, splitting time between the studio and an arduous tour schedule, has its obvious rewards. In a parallel life, Sitek would be equally content if he were just employed as a celebrated producer. Behind the boards, he's helped amplify the talents of critically-acclaimed and popular bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, The Oh Sees and others; he produced Scarlett Johansson's album of Tom Waits covers and gave birth to the alluring sound of new singer, Holly Miranda.

That Sitek has somehow managed to squeeze enough hours out of the day to merge both TV On The Radio and a stellar, sought-after producer has not only made him the hardest working person in the indie rock world, but also the most interesting. His curriculum vitae only grows now with his latest work, Maximum Balloon.

Not quite a solo album and not quite a side-project, Maximum Balloon features Sitek's beat-making, songwriting and collaborative production skills all at once, authored with different singers he calls, "his favorite voices in the world."

"Thick, noisy and wholly funky -- everything you'd expect, but with more glam -- and bolstered by a star-studded array of guest vocalists including David Byrne, Karen O, Little Dragon, Theophilus London, and Sitek's TVOTR bandmates. - SPIN.COM

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Went out and Made a Great Record October 8, 2010
By Quest
Format:Audio CD
The new solo outfit for grand record and band producer, Dave Sitek. Most would site Sitek as a member of TV on the Radio. They would be correct. He is a stealthy producer, who like DJ Shadow before him, can meld musical styles and mix them in to a dreamy, reverberated wash of waves.
He seems to have been writing funkier beats and highly programmed music sequences in this one. Just look at how funky Dear Science was compared to Mountain. I like his use of small brass bands with the ever present Stuart Boogie. Does Sitek play any horns himself?
"Young Love" with Ford is crooning and a real beautiful track. "Apartment Wrestling" is that funk and Detroit via Germany masterpiece that is eviendant of his current output, dance music. I loved the last Dragon of Zynth record, but the tracks on Maximum Ballon that feature the guys from that band are lyric weirdness, for weirds' sake (not a bad thing). That said, "Tiger" is a hot, hot jam. Love the extra sound and rhythms Sitek exploits here. The synths seem to dreamily melt in to other parts and still remain very spontaneous and fresh. This record will be a sleeper type release from someone that tweaks the mix for well-known lineups.
But that should not stop those interested in some new sounds from buying this release.
Sitek is a very Creative musician who continues to create excellent sound paintings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let your tiger out October 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The Maximum Balloon record opens with a set of increasing bleeps that sound something like a spaceship landing in the middle of a dance club. The song, "Groove Me," with vocals by Theophilus London, is a welcome treat - a soul and funk explosion cake topped with an indie glaze that can't help but make you smile. The best thing about Maximum Balloon, the electro-hipster compilation by TV On The Radio producer Dave Sitek, is that that smile almost never disappears, even as it gets tired a bit. You hear TV's influence abounding anyway - the wise, supporting background vocals on "Young Love," the beat poetry of lyrics in "Absence of Light" - but Sitek's unbound himself from that band's grand experiments in indie-industrial soundscapes. That allows him to make simply perfect dance songs - the Karen O 80s-new-wave "Communion," the agro-funk "Tiger," the Missing-Persons-helps-you-fall-in-love hope of "Young Love." That's the best of both worlds, making Maximum Balloon as wise as it is danceable. I don't love every second of the record - TV's Kyp Malone's vocals on "Shakedown" are forgettable, and I just found the inclusion of David Byrne's vocals on "Apartment Wrestling" made me think about nothing but how strange Byrne's vocals sounded. Still, Maximum Balloon is a record to be treasured - a wild, giddy, occasionally deep trip inside Sitek's endless sense of rhythm and wonder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One funky balloon! September 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD
"Maximum Balloon" is the weirdly funky eponymous debut by producer du jour Dave Sitek from the band TV On The Radio. At 10 tracks, the CD cuts straight to the chase and features contributions from fellow bandmates Tunde Adebimpe on the fuzzy "Absence Of Light" ("in the absence of light, we're the same thing"), and a ghostly Kyp Malone on the jazzy space funk "Shakedown", as well as a diverse horde of pals available on his speed dial.

"Groove Me" features a spoken/sung performance by Theophilus London, and "Young Love" features Katrina Ford. The Oriental synth-driven "If You Return" has Little Dragon (who also appeared on The Gorillaz latest album), while Karen O lends her glacial cool vocals to the smooth "Communion". "Tiger" is bouncy with a buzzing riff and features a soulful Aku Orraca-Tetteh (and some funky guitar), Holly Miranda (whose album "The Magician's Private Library" he produced) appears on the creepy ballad "The Lesson", while David Byrne appears on "Apartment Wrestling" (with nice parping horns). Closing is the ethereal distorted "Pink Bricks" with Ambrosia Nicole Parsley. A stellar collection which shines!
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2.0 out of 5 stars tv on the radio lite February 27, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
not as catchy as tv on the radio. I was pretty disappointed. high hopes let down too bad it's weak
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