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Return to Cookie Mountain (2 LP 180 Gram Vinyl)

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The vinyl package features two 180g heavyweight black vinyl discs in gatefold jacket and insert.

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  • Vinyl (December 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Original Recordings Group
  • ASIN: B002YJ0U28
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Cacciola on 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 By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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