Quick Review (LP): Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio
Nine Types of Light
Interscope; 2011

My Rating: B (72/100)

Best Tracks: "Second Song", "No Future Shock", "Killer Crane", "Repetition"

Wherein experimentalism means the “Second Song” comes first.

NOTES:

– "Second Song" is pretty catchy, I could see this getting serious radio play. Almost reminds me of P. Gabe’s "Sledgehammer", but not quite as amazing.
– "Killer Crane" is great. The banjo is a sweet flourish.
-  "No Future Shock" is a powerful cut. Definitely worth some repeated listens.
– My biggest problem with TVOTR is the dude’s voice. It just doesn’t have a lot of dimension or a lot of power.  However, I will say that I appreciate the fact that he doesn’t try and hide the fact with a lot of processing and effects. And, he does do some pretty great things with what he’s got.
– Some of the tracks remind me of the Broken Bells record ("Will Do"). That is, they are a bit slow, dull, and melodically narrow.
– "Repetition" is startling – pretty great lyrics…
– At first, I wasn’t crazy about this record. The sound of TVOTR is not the easiest to get into, and I am convinced that they still haven’t made a record as strong as their debut. However, this is a good record with some pretty great tracks. I think I will revisit it a few more times this year, and it seems to me that it is likely a grower.
– What are the Nine Types of Light?
– Conceptually, dense, but somewhat impenetrable. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt, cuz I know theez catz iz thinkaz.
– I’m sure I will be returning to this. : )

ATTRIBUTES
Cohesion (5/5)
Consistency (4/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Concept (5/5)
Songs (4/5)

Quick Review (LP): The Inevitable Past (…) by Three Mile Pilot

Three Mile Pilot
The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten
Temporary Residence; 2010

My Rating: A-

Best Tracks: “Still Alive”, “Planets”, “What’s In The Air”

Back in the day, these guys titled songs with Star Control references. OK, sold. 3MP is impossible to pigeonhole, but I’m a sucker for a challenge. Pessimistic sci-fi blue-eyed slo-core soul. Yessir. Put that on your press release. All things considered, this is a really good record, one notch below excellent because it remains slightly inaccessible. Still, it sounds a good deal like what TV On The Radio is putting out these days, and tracks like “Still Alive” and “What’s In The Air” are excellent pieces of weird pop-noir. It probably won’t make my top 10 this year, but this record goes deep. I imagine it will really grow on me in the years to come.

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