Two Thousand and Eleven Tunes part 5

5} TV On The Radio : Nine Types Of Light

It’s great when a band is really a band, when you can hear each member striving to make their contribution to the sound. It’s even better when that sound is cohesive and interesting: a band working in harmony to create something greater than the sum of its parts, to alchemize sonic newness. The great art-rock bands do this: Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Radiohead, TV On The Radio. I’m sure Talking TV Head will be just as cool. But seriously, Nine Types Of Light is a towering layer cake of ex-and-implosive beats, dancing guitars and whirling synths– a solid block of laser-carved rock songs delivered in Tunde Adibempe’s dreamy soul shout with Kyp Malone’s ingeniously strange and wonderful harmonies orbiting around like a wandering alien looking for a new home.

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