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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
TV on the Radio
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Touch & Go Records

Rating: 9/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Experimental.
Enjoyable.
Amazing.

…Three words that normally don't go together well when it comes to music - but with Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, TV on the Radio take enormous steps and end up with the coolest sounding album of the year.

In the white boy dominated scene of indie rock, it's difficult to bring a new style with new sounds and have it succeed, but get a group from Brooklyn made up of 4 black geniuses and one little white guy and they stand out. This is an original band with unique ideas. This is experimental music.

The use of loops and unique sounds are dominant in the music they create, but the thing that jumps out most is the harmony. To hear lead singer Tunde Adebimpe's deep voice backed by Kyp Malone's charming falsetto is the stuff that dreams are made of: disturbing (in a haunting sort of way); the voices alone will stay with you for a long time. That's how this enjoyable music has been released upon the world.

Though the overall tone of the album is dark and haunting, there are a few sunny aspects to it. A song entitled, "Don't Love You", with its Vincent Price organ style and eerie guitar picking, comes across as a perplexingly friendly message: 'I just want to let you know I don't love you anymore'. A positive decision has been made, and from one friend to the other, declaring this information will help the situation. How lovely. I'm pretty sure it's intended to be a break-up song, but it's a break-up for all the right reasons. No breaking hearts here…

One problem with sounding experimental is it won't appeal to everyone. I don't expect the masses to fall in love with this album as much as I have. It took a long time for Neutral Milk Hotel to grow on me, but once they did, I was hooked. I think the same thing could be said for Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. People have compared (the vocal styles mostly) TV on the Radio to Peter Gabriel, but rest assured, there's not a song on this album to be a theme at someone's prom. Instead, these songs would be the soundtrack for the group of kids that are too cool to go to prom.

It's amazing to me how inaccessible (as far as radio music sounds) this music is - and yet I can't stop loving it. This is phenomenal music. It makes me want to accomplish the dreams I have in my head when I let it roll around. It's not often that a record can change you like that - make you sound like a little boy, waiting to thrive and take on the world. TV on the Radio has done just that for me.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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