Sound: Soul, doo-wop, urban indie-punk, atmospheric mood music and tribal chants/rhythms are thrown into a blender and spit out in striking ways. Whether it’s controlled chaos or airy repetition, the constant is the invigorating vocals. Falsetto croons often drive both the rich melodies and carefree harmonies.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Hours” (Top 20 Songs of 2006 Candidate); “Wolf Like Me” (Top 20 Songs of 2006 Candidate); “Dirtywhirl”
Medium Rotation tracks: “A Method”; “Let the Devil In”
Recommended: Their debut album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, established TV On the Radio as one of the most unique, ambitious and exciting groups in modern music. Unfortunately, nearly every great idea was stretched to double the necessary length and each track became tiresome after a few minutes. With Return to Cookie Mountain, they streamline far more of the songs, deliver some knockout hooks and punch up the energy level. TV On the Radio are in a class completely by themselves.
Grade: A- (Strong Top 20 Albums of 2006 Candidate)