Boomkat Product Review:
Bonus track edition.
One of the most talked about, most hotly anticipated albums in any genre this year, TV On The Radio's 'Dear Science' follows up the immense Return To Cookie Mountain, and to cut to the chase, it delivers by the bucket-load. 'Golden Age' was the first track to widely reach the listening public, and while as a single it did more than enough to get us sufficiently hot and bothered, it's not - as many blogging types have been keen to point out - in the same vein of 'Wolf Like Me', offering a direct, stand out moment to tower above the other album tracks as an attention-dominating outburst of noise pop know-how. In fact, as good as it is, 'Golden Age' doesn't register as one of 'Dear Science's more outstanding moments. As for the real highlights, 'Family Tree' (a ballad of all things) is a striking marriage of attention-holding lyrics, luscious strings and some exceptional production, distracting you from how utterly sweet it all is, while elsewhere 'Crying' opts for a crisp electro-funk backdrop propped up by horn arrangements that perfectly compliment the bite of David Sitek's synthesizers. For a finale, the album delivers a strange and oddly upfront sex song in the shape of 'Lovers' Day', taking on an epic six minutes of instrumental frenzy while Tunde Adebimpe's vocals evoke a more level-headed than usual Prince. At fifty minutes, Dear Science is a generous length, though its duration is hardly unwarranted; it's every bit the complete package an album should be, feeling like an all-encompassing tour of the band's complete repertoire. The much-hyped Sitek is on the form of his life as a producer, just about living up to the preposterous levels of press adulation that have met his every move this year. It's Sitek who defines the vastness of electronic opener 'Halfway Home', which sets the bar high immediately, introducing the ambition and restless sonic invention of what's to follow. Huge recommendation.