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Return to Cookie Mountain (with Bonus Tracks)

TV on the RadioAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000H7JDZO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Was A Lover
2. Hours
3. Province
4. Playhouses
5. Wolf Like Me
6. A Method
7. Let The Devil In
8. Dirty Whirl
9. Blues From Down Here
10. Tonight
11. Wash The Day Away
12. [ambient audio]
13. Snakes and Martyrs
14. Hours (El-P Remix)
15. Things You Can Do

Editorial Reviews

Their second album and first for Interscope is almost wholly brilliant. Like Mogwai, Sigur Ros and a dozen others, TVOTR excels at making slowly-evolving tunes with vaguely anthemic choruses and lots of loud-soft dynamics. Unlike virtually any of those other bands, TV on the Radio mix a genuine and actual songwriting ability with their knack for finding sounds that appear to be "new." This record is crisper-sounding and incorporates more dance-based elements, but it's essentially a pop album. While the lack of the free web-released "Dry Drunk Emperor, a tribute to President Bush, is initially a bummer, the album percolates with enough pre-apocalyptic tension to satisfy anyone. In a Prince-pitched falsetto, the group sings "I was a lover/ Before this war," While throughout, the combination of melody and invention is always pitch-perfect (well, except on "Province" and "Let the Devil In," those songs sort of suck.) People of Earth: please make this band into total superstars and buy several copies of their album: one for the car, another for the office, etc. What we really need in our popular music is more weirdness, and more truth. --Mike McGonigal

Product Description

Since 2001, TV on the Radio have been mixing postpunk, electronic and other atmospheric elements in such a creative way that it only seems fitting that it's core duo, Tunde Adebimpe and David Andrew Sitek, are both visual artists as well as musicians. For example, Tunde is a graduate of NYU's film school and specializes in stop motion animation. The duo met when Sitek moved into the building where Tunde had a loft; each of them had been recording music on their own. They soon realized that their sounds would work well together which resulted in a self-titled, 24-track CD released by the Brooklyn Milk imprint. TV on the Radio then added guitarist/vocalist Kyp Malone to their fold. The band has now returned with 'Return to Cookie Mountain,' a more polished but still soul-searching collection of songs. The Interscope release is set for September 12, and its' atmospheric blend of soul, experimental, and avant-garde rock is sure to open the minds and ears of those who listen.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to TV on the Radio September 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
TV on the Radio gave some serious reinvention to indie rock, with their debut "Desperate Youth Blood Thirsty Babes." Then they sort of dropped off for awhile, apparently to tinker with their future sound.

Well, "Return to Cookie Mountain" is an evolution of what they've done before -- the art-rock sound, the grimy electro, and the rough edges that don't need polishing.This isn't quite "there" enough to be their masterpiece, but TV on the Radio is definitely sounding wonderfully mature.

It starts off with the year's best intro -- drum beats, clashes, and an offbeat horn symphony that cuts itself off, before repeating again. As the jagged electronic beats come on, Tunde Adepimbe begins to croon, "I was a lover/before this war... I'm locked in my bedroom/so send back the clowns..." It's a bittersweet song with a warm, rich feeling.

The closest thing they have to typical rock is the heart-pounding "Wolf Like Me," with its howled bridges and eerie feeling, and the expansive, tinkling, explosive "Playhouses." There's also the rustling, stomping art-rock of "Let the Devil In," the swirling electro-rock, the soul-rock, and the epic bass-rock of the finale "Wash the Day Away."

Don't expect TV on the Radio to really rock out in "Return to Cookie Mountain," since they got recognition for their equally dense debut. The songs that follow are too grandiose, too looped, and too dense to be toe-tappers. The only real flaw is their tendency to sometimes neglect music in place of atmosphere -- although even their failures are fascinating.

And that atmosphere is of a dangerous, beautiful place -- campfires, tribal dances, wild animals and flying over mountains.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best September 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Oh, how I was wrong about this band. Well, that's what two years will do for you.

Brooklyn's T.V. on the Radio have received consistent praise from various magazines and online publications over the past couple of years for their definitive blend of electronica, soul, jazz, a cappella, and indie pop. Their major label debut on Interscope Records, "Return to Cookie Mountain," expands their sprawling sound even further to yield one of the best albums of the year.

The name 'Cookie Mountain' sounds like something from a Mario game. In fact, it is the name of a level in the Super Nintendo title, Super Mario World. The record isn't an exercise in video game knowledge or something that would immediately remind you of a 16-bit musical score, but there are hints of beeps, blips, and scratches from sampling embedded in their music. Overdubs and constant instrumentation prevail; a constant motion, an urgency, much like a video game. Perhaps that is a interpretation of "Return to Cookie Mountain"; a return to their true, cultivated sound once promised on their debut EP, "Young Liars."

What really makes "Cookie Mountain" such a brilliant record is its ability to indulge. However, T.V. on the Radio aren't over-indulgent; their response to their audience is one of patience with long, developed songs. Perhaps I was too quick to dismiss their first full-length album, "Desperate Youth Blood Thirsty Babes" when I purchased it in late 2004. It didn't initially hold my interest, because of other musical pursuits, but it showed a glimpse of what is captured here. Their live act has expanded considerably since then, aiding their evolving sound.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most brilliant albums of 2006 July 18, 2006
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I was not a huge fan of TV on the Radio's previous album, DESPERATE YOUTH, BLOOD THIRSTY BABES. It was filled with interesting sounds and ideas, but they simply didn't coalesce for me into anything especially compelling or exciting. I'm not sure what happened between that album and RETURN TO COOKIE ALBUM, but whatever it was this is easily one of the most stunning albums I have listened to in a long time.

Not everything on this CD is gold, but all of it is at least very interesting, and at least two cuts stand out as among the best cuts of 2006, and "Playhouses" just might be my favorite song of the year so far. The individual moments are just as interesting and fascinating as on the earlier album, but this time the songs are definitely both exciting and compelling. The other album in the end failed to be truly musical, but this one is exhilaratingly so.

I'm not quite sure who to compare this album to. At times they definitely remind me of Pere Ubu, but not consistently so. Tunde Adepimbe's vocals are truly unique and really don't call to mind any other singer. The band also stands out as arguably the best mainly black rock band since Bad Brains.

I have only three complaints with the disc, complaints that do not outweigh the tremendous delight that I experience listening to the album. First, there are times when I respect it more than like it. Although "Playhouses" and "Dirtywhirl" are sounds that thrill and delight on nearly every level, there are other songs that are interesting only insofar as they are complex and challenging. Second, not all the material is up to the level of the very best songs; this is mitigated by the fact that there are a bevy of really fine songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heck yeah
Love this band! It has been long while since I have found a band that I can consistently listen to every single song on their album and this one takes the cake. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel M. Vanaken
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome thanks!
Fast shipping, easy to work with, really happy to finally get this album on vinyl. Great selection of vinyl! Many thanks!
Published 4 months ago by loopyrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, Good Service
The album is just what I expected - fantastic. Fine quality, the songs I love, everything. Except for 14 or 19 blank tracks at the end (not kidding - each is 20 seconds of silence,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Thomas Bright
5.0 out of 5 stars tvoneverything
I am eagerly waiting next springs new release. You cannot call yourself a music fan and not own every recording tvotr has produced. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Melanie Welch
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better "new" bands in recent years
I have to admit that I'm working my way backwards through the TV on the Radio discography. Started with "Dear Science" and then "Nine Types of Light" --- both of which I liked very... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm impressed
Don't be hatin' all up in here when you see my 3-star rating. I actually like Return to Cookie Mountain. A rating of a 3 is, in my mind, a pretty good rating. Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmm
This is their best, the peak of TVOTR before Dave Sitek started turning them into Madonna. Listen to this one completely and you'll find many songs to love.
Published on June 3, 2011 by ManBearPig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "sophomore" effort
Just a couple of thoughts: "I Was a Lover" is one of the most audaciously original opening tracks I've ever heard, and I've heard some great ones. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by Kristopher Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Universality at Its Most Outlandish
Coincidence or not, I chanced upon picking up TV On The Radio's sprawling, "Return to Cookie Mountain" while in the midst of a particularly harrowing breakup. Read more
Published on May 11, 2010 by Janice Begay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album! Had Heard Before and it was definetely a must have...
This along with anything else i've ever heard from this band is a must have. Simple enough(plus i don't have much time for a full review)
Published on February 15, 2010 by Dwayne T. Parker
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Uh, Jeffrey, you missed HIS point - McGonigal is using the term "tribute" in jest. Tributes don't necessarily have to be positive, you know.
Sep 10, 2006 by Personal Robot |  See all 4 posts
Wrong album title
According to a recent Entertainment Weekly article, the US release date is August 1st.,6115,1195669_4|99694||0_0_,00.html
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