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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 ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: DGC
  • ASIN: B004NTVMHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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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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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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I've been hooked on these guys since "Dear Science" - and this one does NOT disappoint. Will Do seems to be the track that gets the most attention, but New Cannonball Blues and Caffeinated Consciousness keep me coming back to this album. And the fact that Second Song is first - what can I say?
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This album was in the Class of 2011, along with Death Cab's "Codes and Keys" and Devotchka's "100 Lovers." I am by no means saying that these should be considered the same genre of music, but out of the albums that stuck and made the ipod rotation, these 3 were in the best of 2011 (can't think of the others in the short time preparing this).

Back to TVoTR: I can't say there are any true 10's on individual tracks, but when there are 4 or more songs that are an 8/10 or above, and only a couple throwaways, that's a successful album in my books. Notables: Tracks 1-6, with an exception to "No Future Shock," which is a 5.5/10 in my ranking system, "Second Song," "Killer Crane," "Will Do," and "You" all rate between 8.0 to 9.0, with "Keep Your Heart" rating a solid 7.5. "Repetition" (8.0) and "Caffeinated Consciousness" (7.0) round out the uneven finish, but the album as a whole is solid all around. Truth be told, very few albums have gripping songs top to bottom, but Nine Types of Light comes close with that strong front-loaded playlist.
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I've been a fan of Talking Heads, Kraftwerk and Wire since 1980, and I find more and more difficult to find interesting bands these days. That is, until I heard "Repetion" on the radio a couple of years ago. I was so amazed by the music that I rushed to a record shop to buy the cd for that song alone (something I do very rarely these days). I have to confess the cd was a slow grower on me, and the video for "You" was so sad, that I quickly forgot about the cd. Until a few weeks ago, when I heard "Million Miles" on the radio (again! Isn't it ironic?!). "Million Miles" is not on "Nine Types of Lights" but it made me remember about the cd gathering dust on some shelf, so I gave it another try a couple of weeks ago. What a surprise! This time I listened more carefully, and came to fully enjoy the incredible "Second Song" (probably the best track on the cd). Thanks to the multiple layers of the singer's voice (from nearly spoken lyrics to Prince-sque falsetto), the song starts slowly but quickly turns into a little funky number that will make you dance even if you don't want to.

"You" is another of my favourites, almost too moving to listen to; I have to try not to think of the video - otherwise it has me in tears like a baby (call me a silly!!). "Repetition", the song that made me buy the cd in the first place, with its hypnotic vocals and rhythm makes you think of a post-apocalyptic urban society, something that - probably - is not too far in the future. "Caffeinated Consciousness" sounds to me like an ironic homage to Jimi Hendrix. "Killer Crane" is another poignant ballad of nearly progressive inspiration.

All in all, this cd will probably grow slowly on you, but once it does, it's great.
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