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Deluxe edition includes two bonus tracks. 2011 release, the fourth album from the Alt-Rock outfit. Nine Types Of Light is a lush and beautiful album that stands apart from the group's previous work. If their other albums had shades of dystopia and distress, this album, sung by Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, is filled with songs about longing and love. Nine Types Of Light is the follow-up to the band's gorgeous, glorious 2008 release, Dear Science, and proved to be its breakout release. It was named album of the year by Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly and MTV; and touring behind the album, the group sold out a year's worth of live shows across the world. This, however, did not prevent everyone from referring to TV On The Radio as a Brooklyn band. That is not a bad thing. The group - Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Dave Sitek, Jaleel Bunton, Gerard Smith - are indeed from Brooklyn.
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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: DGC
  • ASIN: B004NTVMHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light (2011)

NINE TYPES OF LIGHT can be seen as a refinement of the wonderful and more experimental DEAR SCIENCE similar to the way that the dark, sophisticated RETURN TO COOKIE MOUNTAIN was a refinement of their promising if somewhat monotonous debut, DESPERATE YOUTH AND BLOODTHIRSTY BABES. This time out, TV On The Radio focus more on straight-forward pop songs, especially love songs. The trademark TVOTR sound is still in effect, although the drones, poly-rhythms and atmospheric washes are less dense. The songs are beautifully constructed, full of sophisticated music and brilliant counter-melodies yet, as usual, they never sound cluttered.

Most of the album is kinda laid-back and funky although it does blast off into rock world on occasion and there's an ambient song as well. DEAR SCIENCE is certainly loaded with amazing poly-rhythms, and even though they're less evident on NINE TYPES OF LIGHT, the drumming is still highly creative, just in a less obvious way. There's also plenty of groovy, quasi-funk guitar to be heard and the vocals are so smooth and truly fantastic. Despite a few slightly awkward moments, the overall sound here is more natural and organic than on DEAR SCIENCE, particularly the vocals. More subtle too. And perhaps most importantly, the songwriting and sense of melody is as great as it ever was. Highly recommended.

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"Second Song" - Vocalist Tunde Adebimpe begins the album by speak-singing, gradually evolving into a full singing voice. It's a disarming, off-beat way to start things, a sensibility familiar to fans that's also evidenced by the title of this the first track.
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TV On The Radio is known for having a unique sound. "Return to Cookie Mountain" and "Dear Science" all had songs that were incredibly varied and fun to listen to. "Nine Types of Light," unfortunately, doesn't follow in the same footsteps.
While the songs sound different from one another, they all have the same theme: they're all love songs. One member, I believe it was Kyp Malone, said that he wanted to create more love songs, as their previous albums had a lack of them. Sadly, this is the undoing of the album. Because the theme of the songs is mostly the same, it just gets boring to listen to. The songs still ooze quality and and are fully finished products, but they can only do so much with the same theme. If the album had less love songs, it would be much better, but it sags under the weight of promising so many love songs.
That being said, there are still some great songs on the album. "New Cannonball Blues" is easily the best song "Nine Types of Light" has to offer, eclipsing "Will Do."
Because of a constant theme, "Nine Types of Light" fizzles compared to the band's previous albums,
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It has been a busy couple of years for TV on the Radio since the release of 2008's "Dear Science," but the vast majority of their work did not come as a group. Lead singer Tunde Adebimpe started up a career in acting while musicians Kyp Malone and David Sitek both released solo albums. With numerous critically acclaimed albums already behind them, there was no doubting their collective talents, but the past few years have showcased their individual abilities and offered fans a unique perspective on what each member brings to the table.

Setting up camp in Sitek's home studio in Los Angeles, the band's move from Brooklyn, NY to the west coast occasionally has an influence on the music, making "Nine Types of Light" a bit of a departure from TV on the Radio's first three records. The mixture of anger and sadness heard throughout their earlier releases has been replaced with a more cheerful collection of tracks. The lyrics are still far from uplifting, but it's clear TV on the Radio are able to accept the ups and downs life has to offer with a new calm sarcasm.

One of the crowning moments lyrically comes on "Forgotten," which discusses the band's view of Beverly Hills and the chaotic style of life people endure there. Although the line "Beverly Hills, nuclear winter, what should we wear and who's for dinner?" may seem to be a grim outlook for the California coast, they call the city "paradise" one verse later.

The lead single, "Will Do" doesn't have the same energetic backing of earlier hits such as "Wolf Like Me," but it stands with the best songs they've ever released. With an enchanting beat backing words of seduction, "Will Do" may not be your everyday TV on the Radio track, but the band seems to master any style they choose.
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In a musical landscape clouded with pointless experimentation, loads of synth, and too much negative distortion...finally a record comes out by guys who can just flat out play. These are professional musicians who craft fantastic jams...not Indie amateur dilettantes who recorded their album on a laptop in four hours. It's a record that harkens back to a time when musicians actually took the time to record good songs...remember those days? I know I barely do either!

It's just a delight to hear a record that is bright, optimistic, and...wait for it...fun to listen to! No dull piano clinking...no distorted voices...no synths! (thank god, there is a god!) no girl in the music video wearing American Apparel and looking very bored...it reminds me of Seal circa 1990-whatever. Its not "ironic" its not "retro"...its sincere music of the present tense and it is beautiful.

Indie rock is great and all (as someone who was there in 01 for the beginning) but god it just feels so good to listen to some dudes who actually know how to play their instruments for once...so, so, so, so, so, unbelievably good... You will be listening to this record for a long time. Nine types of light is a bright spot in a dark era.
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