TV On The Radio Keeps Exploring On 'Science'
TV On The Radio incorporates grander, more orchestral arrangements into its David Bowie-influenced sound on its new album, "Dear Science," due Sept. 23 via Interscope.TV On The Radio incorporates grander, more orchestral arrangements into its David Bowie-influenced sound on its new album, "Dear Science," due Sept. 23 via Interscope.
Opener "Halfway Home" features strong drumming built around a simple beat, with Tunde Adebimpe's falsetto vocals masking downbeat subject matter. "Family Tree" has lush, soaring strings and tender lyrics, while "Red Dress" makes ample use of a horn section
Parts of "Crying" could be mistaken for a straight disco track, while "Dancing Choose" and "DLZ" feature soaring vocalizations more in line with System Of A Down's Serj Tankian. "Golden Age" not only riffs on one of Bowie's song titles but is also a clear homage to the glammiest aspects of his 1970s sound.
Erotic closer "Lover's Day" seems to channel early Prince, and with lyrics like "I'm going to make you come," and "get off, get off," the track refutes a Jezebel blogger's assertion that men in Williamsburg "aren't very assertive."
"Dear Science" is the follow-up to the band's 2006 Interscope debut, "Return to Cookie Mountain," which has sold 187,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. TV On The Radio begins an extensive fall tour Sept. 5 in Portland, Ore., as part of Musicfest NW.
Here is the track list for "Dear Science":
"Stork & Owl"
"Shout Me Out"