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    Default TV On The Radio - Seeds

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #22

    Spotify online listen
    4.0 of 5.0 by allmusic

    5th studio album
    thought I liked these guys
    I guess not
    too electronic maybe

    artist website -

    Bio - from allmusic

    From their beginnings as Brooklyn-based experimenters to one of the most acclaimed bands of the 2000s and 2010s, TV on the Radio mixed post-
    punk, electronic, and other atmospheric elements in vibrantly creative ways, and are both visual artists as well as musicians. The group began
    when multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek moved into the building where vocalist Tunde Adebimpe had a loft; each of them had been
    recording music on his own, but realized their sounds worked well together. Sitek's brother Jason began playing drums and other instruments with
    the pair during their recording sessions, which resulted in OK Calculator, a self-released disc of four-track recordings. Jason Sitek left the
    band for a short time due to other musical commitments but returned to the band when it recorded its Touch & Go debut, the Young Liars EP.

    After the EP was completed, TV on the Radio added guitarist/vocalist Kyp Malone to their fold. Young Liars, which also features the Yeah Yeah
    Yeahs' Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, was released in summer 2003 to critical acclaim, coinciding with their gigs opening for the Fall. Their
    first full-length release, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, arrived in spring 2004. The band remained busy for the rest of the year,
    embarking on its own tours as well as dates with the Faint and the Pixies. That fall, they released the New Health Rock EP and won the 2004
    Shortlist Music Prize.

    In 2005, the band kept busy with touring and returned to Sitek's Stay Gold studio to work on its second album. They also made an MP3 criticizing
    President George W. Bush, "Dry Drunk Emperor," available on their website. TV on the Radio signed with 4AD for European distribution of their
    albums and moved to Interscope in the U.S. In summer 2006 they resurfaced with Return to Cookie Mountain, a more polished but still searching
    collection of songs that featured David Bowie on backing vocals. The band went in a sleeker direction on 2008's Dear Science, which featured
    cameos from Antibalas and Celebration's Katrina Ford.

    The band went on hiatus following Dear Science. Malone worked on his own project, Rain Machine, and appeared on Iran's 2009 album Dissolver,
    while Sitek formed the collaborative pop project Maximum Balloon, which released its self-titled debut in 2010. As planned, their hiatus ended
    the following year, and TV on the Radio released their fifth album, Nine Types of Light, early in 2011. In March of that year, the band
    announced that bassist Gerard Smith, who had joined the TV on the Radio lineup in 2005, was suffering from lung cancer; the following month, on
    April 20, 2011, Smith passed away at the age of 34 as a result of the disease. Later that year, the band released World Cafe Live, taken from a
    set recorded for National Public Radio. Late in 2014, TV on the Radio returned with Seeds, a hopeful, streamlined-sounding set once again
    featuring production by Sitek.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Arriving three years after the mellow Nine Types of Light -- and the death of bassist Gerard Smith, who succumbed to lung cancer just days after
    the album's release -- Seeds has a palpable sense of moving on for TV on the Radio. Sonically, it's crisper and clearer than ever before; songs
    like the beautiful ballad "Test Pilot" use this clarity to prove, once again, that TV on the Radio fuse indie and R&B more genuinely than many
    of the acts that sprang up during their hiatus. Though they rein in their trademark lushness ever so slightly, it doesn't diminish their sound's
    magnitude; instead, it adds an urgency that feels even more pointed after Nine Types' hazy reveries. Similarly, that album's philosophical tone
    continues on Seeds, with the band confronting loss directly on the album's first half and accepting it on the second. TV on the Radio are often
    at their most compelling when they're grappling with something, and album opener "Quartz" -- on which Tunde Adebimpe asks "How hard must we
    try?" -- showcases them in all their frustrated glory. Likewise, that songs as emotionally opposed as "Could You," where Kyp Malone wonders
    about being able to love again, and "Happy Idiot," where Adebimpe willfully numbs himself to the pain, are both triumphs is another testament to
    the band's complexity. Seeds' first half is so strong that it's not surprising that it sags by comparison a little later. To be fair, it's
    harder to write uplifting and empowering songs that don't sound trite, and TV on the Radio manage more than a few: the anthemic "Ride," the
    fired-up "Winter," and the furious rocker "Lazerray" all deliver far more than platitudes. Just when it feels like things might be too
    relentlessly positive, the band injects some welcome ambiguity into "Trouble"'s refrain of "Everything's gonna be OK," letting it teeter between
    reassurance and uncertainty. By the time the title track closes the album with the promise of rebirth, TV on the Radio's reinvention as
    survivors is complete. At its best, Seeds is a fine tribute to Smith and the sound of enduring unimaginable loss.

    must be the single:

    Track Listing

    1. Quartz
    2. Careful You
    3. Could You
    4. Happy Idiot
    5. Test Pilot
    6. Love Stained
    7. Ride
    8. Right Now
    9. Winter
    10. Lazerray
    11. Trouble
    12. Seeds
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    Oh man, that white Dude looks like Mark Lowry

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    just got round to listening to this clip also....i wouldnt buy it, not even for free with my giftcards, LOL

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    Well this just goes to show you we are all individuals with individual tastes. This album would be in my top ten this year. TV On The Radio never cease to entertain me. I love their minimalist approach making every note/sound mean something to the full sound of the song.

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