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Dear Science

TV On The Radio

2008

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Dear Science

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I was so obsessed with their first EP and album when they came out. I really like their balance of instrumentation and electronics/samples. I think their greatest asset above all is Tunde Adebimpe's voice though. They are a great example of a sort of "post modern" band that don't come off too arty as to be inaccessible. Similar to Talking Heads perhaps in that way. Interesting combination of influences that ends up culminating in their own unique sound.

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Pour être très franc avec vous, je m'attendais à entendre un album de musique et non le service client d'un opérateur téléphonique. On clique sur Dear Science et on est immédiatement plongé dans l'attente: "Patientez, un conseiller va vous répondre..." On se demande alors dans quoi Robert Dimery vient de nous embarquer. "Restez en ligne, un conseiller va vous répondre..." Au bout d'une cinquantaine de minutes, on nous dit la phrase suivante : "Tous nos conseillers sont actuellement en ligne, nous vous invitons à renouveller votre appel ultérieurement." Quelle frustration...

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4

Had 0 expectations going in, and it turned out to be really cool and intersting. Also, one of the songs is used brilliantly in Breaking Bad, so thats something.

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4

Don't know how I missed probably a decade of this band being relevant, liked them more and more the more I've heard, this was an unexpected good find

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A band I never heard of, an album of songs I didn’t recognise. What a treat this was. So much going on, interest, varied, fun. Definitely one I will keep coming back to

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5

A lot of great records lately! This album is packed with ideas and a sampling of flavours across the indie, funk, soul, and rock spectrum. I can't help but imagine Prince grooving to this. There's something so rooted, yet forward facing about the music. This album holds up remarkably well 14 years later--it sounds like it could have been released last week. 4.5/5 Favourite track: "Halfway Home"

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5

This is one on the greatest album of the 2000's decade. There is nothing else that sounds quite like it. You could always point out "Oh, they took inspiration from Radiohead, Brian Eno..." and so on and so on, but Dear Science is such a bigger project that stands out more that the influences that fed it. The electronic/synth undertones with the funky bass is the perfect backbone for the talents of this band. There are so many layers in these songs, but they never feel overdone. I think there's something for everybody in this album, which is its greatest strength. TV on the Radio knew what they were doing when they made this. Favorite Song: Family Tree Least Favorite: Really can't pick one...the whole album is phenomenal.

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5

Brilliant record. I have had this band recommended to me for years, but tried to listen to them before my tastes had expanded. This album was wonderfully written, arranged, and produced and fearlessly explores and transcends genre. My favorite tracks were Halfway Home, Golden Age, and DLZ.

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I'm not sure why I thought this was a band from the 80s, but considering that this album came out in 2008, it's a great mix of the sound from the early 2000s and today.

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4

This was a really good album. It's well written, clever, emotional, and fun. It's the kind of album that, had I been in a different mood, would probably have gotten a 5 star review from me. Objectively, it's a little too easy to ignore but it's easily a 4-star album.

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Music media darling. Awfully catchy front to back, and DLZ is now inseparable from the "stay out of my territory" scene in Breaking Bad. But it didn't, like, blow my mind right out, and unfortunately I've been conditioned to expect that from all the times I've seen allusions to this album.

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Time for a confession: I own the actual 1001 Albums book (2014 edition). This album was one of the few times where I felt compelled to crack open the tome and learn why deserved a place in the music history canon. After reading, I'm still not totally sure. There's reference to clear influences (Peter Gabriel and Prince) and the album's sound (soulful vocals over electronic explorations), but nothing that really answers as to WHY I'm listening to this. I think that TV On The Radio might just a be a middle-of-the-road indie darling to point to for hipster points (remember, this was 2008. Hipster culture was alive and well). But now, over a decade later in 2021, I feel this album needs some sort of staying power other than just being "pretty good". Was it largely influential? Did it build upon it's own influences in a unique and compelling way? Is it indicative of a certain music scene or genre? I need the people over at 1001 to throw me a bone with this one because I can't always pick up everything you're laying down. I guess when you're recommending 1001 albums, a few aren't going to stick the landing. We'll try again tomorrow, I suppose.

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La situation est très simple: je ne présenterai plus une seule review construite tant qu'on n enous aura pas confirmé que la piste 3 de cet album est en fait la musique d'attente de l'URSSAF: robpenitencier est actuellement sur le coup, nous vous tiendrons au courant dès que possible.

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I legitimately don't know how I feel about this. One second, I really like it, the next, I hate it. Stop confusing me, music.

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Didn’t do it for me. Really didn’t see what was so special about this album.

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I don’t get this band. I can see why people like them but they just aren’t for me. Not bad, just not enjoyable.

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I agree with Andy here.This album is too busy from start to finish. There’s too much going on during the opener and the closer. Is this indie, pop, or rock? It’s all of the above. Is it amazing, good, bad, or garbage? Again all of the above. Props to Dancing Choose for giving me Everything Everything vibes and for Golden Age for giving us a cool Phish cover. I thought Family Tree, Love Dog and DLZ were some of the better songs. All 11 songs had the potential to be something but couldn’t commit. I’m shocked this got as much praise as it did in 08.

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Strange style, very much of the time

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Das ist meist langweilig, stellenweise nervt es aber auch. Übermäßig bemüht, aber nicht gekonnt. Sind das schon 2 Sterne? Wenn man nach dem 10. von 11 Songs ausmacht und keinerlei Interesse hat, den Rest zu Ende zu hören - vermutlich nicht.

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Blech - songwriting is at best cheesy/lazy, the tonal flow jumps all over the place, and the tracks are too long by at least 1-2 minutes each. This is the first album that's made me question the mechanism behind the list. Surely there are more seminal albums from the aughts than this one?

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5

Great album, music, and lyrics

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5

Gran Album, definitivamente lo escucharé de nuevo

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5

absolutely loving this

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5

fucking stellar in every way

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I really like this one and thought it was pretty groundbreaking when I first heard it, like another divot into the great fairway of life. Especially Red Dress, but especially Golden Age.

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5

Pretty good! Some parts reminded me of All berkrovitz band, and some others reminded me of more popular indie bands

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5

Maybe the best band to come out this millennium. Like a more funky Arcade Fire

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5

Funky Indie, that should be a genre right? And this album should have led the Funky Indie charge. Although most indie bands going funk are an absolute car crash so maybe not. TOTR are one of the most consistently brilliant bands of the last 20 years. All of their first three albums including this one are stone-cold classics.

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5

Would probably get a 4 without the nostalgia factor. Used to listen to this one a lot when I was younger, I think it has a great mix of different tracks and genres: fav tracks crying and love dog.

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5

Have not listened to this for years forgot how much I enjoyed listening to them, will listen more :)

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5

One of the greatest albums of the Noughties, genre-bending brilliance

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5

Loved it. Loved everything about it. Will listen to many songs on repeat. Very welcome entry. Already listened three times to determine whether it's a 4 or a 5.

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Used to listen to this a lot, great record with loads of different styles

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5

I only really knew their single Wolf Like Me that I've heard from time to time but otherwise not too familiar with TV on the Radio. Some good Rock with energy, some psychadelic flavor and vocals at times, and just solid jams all around. I liked this, would definitely add to the playlist.

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5

This was really something else. Kind of reminded me of LCD Soundsystem, with a disco vibe, and yet it was something uniquely its own. This will quickly be added to my rotation.

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5

Wow. This was totally unexpected... Every track is completely different - so mature and interesting. Prob my favourite new album so far! Fav new track: Tough to call and will prob change on re-listens, but maybe Love Dog.

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5

Очень зашел альбом

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5

I realized early that this album contains exactly the kind of anthemic rock that appeals to me. While I have some reservations about some of the instrumentation, the raw appeal can't be denied, and neither can the idiosyncrasy and blend of ideas. I may regret thinking I like TV On The Radio after just one album, but the entire project has the magnetism that certain singles do for me.

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Why didn't I know these guys?

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They had me charmed from the ba-ba-ba ba ba at the start of the Peter Gabriel-esque Halfway Home. I love this song a lot a lot a lot. My love continues through Crying, Dancing Choose ("bought a sweater for his Weimaraner, too"), the funky bass and glorious chorus of Golden Age, Love Dog, and Dogs of Light. And finally, my favorite, Shout Me Out, with its tempo change and wailing second half. The songs are hard to categorize but this record is good good good.

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5

Wow. Really enjoyed this album from start to finish. Variety, musicality and it even sounded like Prince singing a couple of times. I honestly had to check to make sure it wasn't. One of the better recommendations found via this 1001 albums list.

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5

Nice one, a good find. Lots going on with horns, strings, ballads and dance tracks. Will defo listen again.

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Bastante guay. Una mezcla de The National, con Bowie y un poco U2. Venga! un 5!

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5

really smart and evocative. these guys know how to put a record together.

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5

This album has brilliant and moving lyrics that explore our values (or lack thereof). Family Tree is a tragic love song about a black / white relationship. The image of a black person (the black woman in this case?) hanging from a tree is a powerful depiction of society's character defects. Dylan used this image in the opening verse of Desolation Row. I also like the experiments with noise such as at the end of Shout Me Out and, to a lesser extent, Crying. The percussion is also very good and carries the melody in DLZ which is one of the best songs on the album.

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5

I've heard TV On The Radio before but I never really got into an album. This has been one of the best musical experiences for me so far in the album generator thing. The tracks are very different but mostly full of vocal experimentation and up-tempo rythms.

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5

A great undisclosed gem.

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5

New Favorite band/ record

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5

This album has no business being this great, straight banger after banger

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5

This album slaps! I like the differing genres in the music, making it hard to define in one umbrella. It also makes the album very enjoyable to listen to.

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great

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4

Mindblowingly good, despite hideous cover. Really excited that it’s by a nearly all black rock band.

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4

Wow! This was excellent. I really liked their style, and will definitely check out more from them.

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Just as I remember

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4

Decent funky punky sound

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7/10

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This is precisely why I embarked on listening to random albums. Somehow I had never even heard of this band. This album is fantastic, so many different styles covered and all done so well. I feel like I've found treasure. Highlights: Dancing Choose Red Dress DLZ

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4

Great album and great band! Had always heard good things but have never listened. Great construct between two singers voices

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Pretty good

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Brooklyn Indie. I’m supposed to like it. But it sounds like music I’m supposed to like.

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I really enjoyed this and would listen to it again. TV on the Radio is a band I had occasionally heard a song or two from, and liked, but had never really sought out. I may be on the verge of fandom after this.

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I know I’ve heard this group before because I recognize the voice and sound. But I don’t think I’d heard any of this one. It’s pretty good, I enjoy it musically and at times when I’ve paid attention, lyrically. The silent track was probably interesting …. Once. Then just annoying. I’ll check more of them out.

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Está cool, mezcladito, el rock etiquetado luego ya como "indie" por no tener mejor categoría (aunque seguro hay alguna más específica). Es ruidoso hasta cierto punto, como un poco caótico en sus medio distintos ritmos. Mis favoritas fueron "Crying" y "DLZ", no conocía nada de TV On The Radio, según yo. O no recuerdo... 8/10

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love dog dlz

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4.2 + TVOTR sounded like a band that was able for a brief period to harness their collective talent in full and stretch it to almost to its breaking point. The creative energy and ambition in this record burst forth at every turn. The rhythms, the sounds, the lyrics, the vocals. It’s undeniable.

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Buena experiencia. Disfruté tdoas las canciones aunque no es mi estilo esta música indie (?), una canción que no recuerdo cual me sonó a Coldplay y nada más por eso no doy 5 jajaja. La que más me gustó fue dog love porque suena conmovedora y se queda en mi playlist de música melancolisad.

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Pretty solid and surprising

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4

Spent a lot of time listening to this before. Very good front half, some dips in the second half.

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A bouncy album. The songs are long, but I was surprised at how short they feel when I’m listening to them. It might be partially due to the constant shifts in the sound that spans each song (and that spans the album, really). No one song sounds too much like another, but the sounds aren’t so disparate that the album lacks cohesion. There are definite highlights (“Crying”; “Golden Age”; “Family Tree”; “Shout Me Out”) and the best of the album outruns the album’s worst parts (“Red Dress”; “DLZ”). And, like every album on the cusp of being great, this album has songs that I can’t figure out if I like regardless of how many times I listen (“Dancing Choose”; “Love Dog”). All in all, a really great album. 7.5/10.

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On the third song, so far this album is top notch. Listened to a couple of TV On The Radio albums before and enjoyed both of them but this one beats both those out by miles. 4/5 so far. Finished the album, still a 4/5. Maybe 4.5/5 even. Really good.

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Maybe it was because my first listen was pre-coffee (grumpy boy), but I liked this immensely more on the second listen. First half is damn good, went 5/5 on liked songs and eventually just went and saved the album. Didn't like the second half quite as much, brought me down on the album overall as I felt it dragged on a bit. Still, the start was good enough for me to give this a solid 4. Saved: Halfway Home, Crying, Dancing Choose, Stork & Owl, Golden Age, DLZ

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I had never listened to this album in it's entirety before. Very well done, reminds me of what my old band tried to do at times. Dig it.

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Ecléticismo máximo sin dejar de pisar el acelerador. Art pop, post punk, funk, soul, electro rock, post trip hop, gospel y así hasta el infinito. Divertido y sin descanso.

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a lot better than i was expecting. i will probably listen to this again.

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This really feels like the proper evolution of indie, rock, soul, funk, etc. It's a fusion without explicitly selling itself as such, allowing boundaries to be broken at will when it suits the band. I'm always curious about music that was released at the end of the Bush administration, and this record definitely feels a little jaded, as the politics really mix well into this concoction. Fav Tracks: Family Tree and Halfway Home

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4

Loved this album. The rhythms and added horms make this album very catchy from the first note. It is only after listening a few times that I was able to start to focus on the lyrics which turned this into a completely different experience for me. The urgency of the lyrics added some tension to the sound. All songs are great but early favorites are Halfway Home, Crying and Lover's Day. The horns bring a really nice touch to this album so I checked out who was playing, The Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (worth a listen!). I really feel the Prince vibe but at the same time there as some songs that seem to draw comparison to the National

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4

New to me, liked the rock sound and lyrics

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Awww I haven't listened to this in a long time. This isn't my favorite album of theirs but I fucking love TVOTR. Surprised they didn't have Desperate Youths on this list instead actually. Man I used to love Stork & Owl.

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Not the kind of thing I usually listen to, and I had never heard anything by them before. Indie alt stuff. On the one hand I did really enjoy it and find it interesting, but on the other, I can't really recall any songs. Definitely one I will come back to though.

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I only knew two of their songs previously, 'Happy Idiot' and 'Wolf like me', this album was much more relaxed than those, nice Indy chill album. The First track 'Halfway home' had a hook line that some friends used to sing but I never knew the song until now, which was pretty cool for me. Overall enjoyed it

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4

Really liked this album…somewhat familiar with them. Going to listen to more of them

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Love it.

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4

Never heard of these guys surprisingly enough. Opening track was like a mash up of Everything Everything and Interpol with a sprinkle of LCD Soundsystem. Interesting vibes. Enjoyed the album and gave a few listens. Took a few and added to my Spotify playlist. Will deffo be listening to their other albums. Most intriguing yet.

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4

Great album. Features "Golden Age" which is covered regularly by Phish.

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4

This was a goodun, don't really know the band much but really enjoyed this album

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4

This was surprisingly enjoyable! I didn't know what to expect but found this to be a mix similar to Jamie T, Arcade Fire, We Are Scientists.. some songs I wasn't to into but going to score highly for surprise and variety element

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4

Very enjoyable, I like the brass instruments

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A me questo disco è piaciuto ha qualcosa di imperfetto e quasi non professionale che però non influenza negativamente il risultato, anzi lo rende più interessante. L'ho trovato coinvolgente e divertente e mi piace il fatto che spesso si sentono referenze molto differenti all'interno dei brani.

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Molto interessante, in qualche modo ha un vibe un po' '80 forse per l'uso che viene fatto dei synth. Ha anche il tipico piglio un po' indie hipster degli anni 2005-2010. La produzione suona un po' ruvida e non mi fa impazzire, però a livello compositivo sono rimasto piacevolmente colpito dalla varietà e anche dall'originalità dei pezzi. La voce e anche lo stile vanno molto in direzione Bon Iver nei suoi ultimi album, però c'hanno anche qualcosa di Alt-J e Bloc Party (più avanti nella loro carriera). Comunque tutti artisti più o meno contemporanei a loro ma riescono comunque ad avere un'identità sicuramente molto riconoscibile. Molto belli Family Tree e Red Dress, ma in generale ho apprezzato la maggior parte dei pezzi. Direi un 4 pieno.

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Con questo ascolto ho chiuso un cerchio aperto undici anni fa: li viddi nel 2009 durante il tour di quest'album. Aprirono ai NIN, non sapevo chi fossero, ma mi rimasero impressi tanto che conoscevo già alcune canzoni di quest'album. Avendo all'epoca il 56k, Daniele sa, avevo scaricato un paio di mp3 ("Crying" di quest'album e "Wolf like me", il loro cavallo di battaglia) ma poi non li ho mai approfonditi. Ecco arrivato il momento! Dunque, l'ascolto di "Dear Science" è stato molto positivo. Molto scorrevole, pezzi ben costruiti e loro sono molto bravi. Mi è piaciuto molto come si apre l'album con "Halfway Home". "Crying" e "Family Tree" anche mi piacciono tanto. Loro comunque dal vivo spaccano, adesso sicuramente, per come sono invecchiato, andrei a vedere loro piuttosto che i NIN. Voto: 4.0

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4

Brilliant sound, enjoyed coming back to this.

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4

A band I never heard of, an album of songs I didn’t recognise. What a treat this was. So much going on, interest, varied, fun. Definitely one I will keep coming back to

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4

Art rock with a sense of dread but full of catchy hooks and a smart pop element, loved this album when it was out and it still sounds good. Halfway Home & DLZ are superb but it’s a great, maybe forgotten, album.

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4

Didn't like it very much before but now I do!

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I wasn’t expecting nothing with this one, 2008 was about something else for me, and also I don’t like the title lol, but it’s a gorgeous record and I liked a lot, I’m sad to see I missed so much Mack in my youth but also glad I keep founding this gems

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Can't place who they remind me of. Family Tree reminds me of Coldplay, but also some other pop/rock bands (Fun? Passion pit?) A Little bit slow, downbeat at times for my tastes. I like the instrumentation though, quite rich and musical, strings, horns etc. But then Red dress is funky, do I know this already?? Very danceable. Album is a grower. Prefer the second half.

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4

Liked this. Good energy good tunes. Would listen to again. 3.5 and rounding up.

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I really loved their previous album. This one wasn't as good imo.

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Never listened to TV On The Radio that i know of before. Enjoyed the album. Music was good. Had it on loop all day but don't think any of the songs will really stay with me. Don't think it'd be a 'favourite'.

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4

I forgot how good this album really is.

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4

Really enjoyed this, hadn't heard of them before but will check out some of their other stuff. Red dress and love dog were the stand out tracks for me.

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4

This is huge. A barn stormer of an album. Heard it get great reviewers but never properly explored until. I’ll definitely be revisiting this one!

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4

Interesting, to say the least.

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4

Would listen to again Family tree is good

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4

Didn't listen to the while thing but very cool. Some parts have that intense small sound thing in only one ear thats v uncomfy in a good way

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4

Good vocals, tight drums

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Weird but good

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I'm not familiar with this band at all. I read that this album is universally acclaimed though, so I'm intrigued. Introductory song is disarming. I get Fleet Foxes/Band of Horses vibe. Maybe the Postal Service. So we'll see if that vibe carries through. The singer sounds just like the guy from the band Milky Chance. I enjoyed this album quite a bit. The sound is great. It's got lots of what I look for in a music listening experience, great rhythm, a build of unique instrumentation, good lyrics, and toe-tapping beats. I was kind of sad when this one ended!

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4

Hugely better than I remember.

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I have had a small bit of exposure to this group, but hadn’t listened to them enough to be able to readily identify any of their songs. I probably have heard some of these before… It took a couple of listens for this to click with me, but after that I enjoyed quite a bit of this. The music is great with varied with a lot of interesting instruments and arrangements. The lyrics are also pretty interesting. “Family Tree” is the first song I really locked in on. I loved the orchestration and found the lyrics very moving. After that I started paying closer attention to the lyrics and was surprised by their intricacy. Other songs that stood out for me included “Halfway Home,” “Dancing Choose” (great rapidfire delivery on the verses!), “Golden Age” (great chorus with those horns!), “Love Dog,” “Shout Me Out” (awesome build and ending) and “DLZ” (another great dog song!). This album is chock full of good stuff…

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I know nothing of TV On The Radio or this album. I enjoyed being introduced to both. The indie rock vibe with a funk element made for a different and interesting sound. Sometimes I was kind of dancing and other times I was just chilling. I did not fall in love with all the tracks, but I also didn't feel compelled to skip over any.

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4

Excellent

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4

A good rock record with an experimental spice to it. Favorites: "Halfway Home", "Love Dog", "DLZ"

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4

Stunning - never heard of this before but will be listening again.

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Love this. It really is a mash up of so many influences and it sounds great.

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4

Lovely stuff

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4

Great album

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Yep, this album has everything: techno synths, diverse in range, reminiscent of the 90s and 00s scene, even reminds me of video games here and there; spoken word, very punk-like in delivery and instrumental back-up but structurally like rap; funk to the strip, sometimes straight-up using the disco formula; indie rock, characterizing the backbone of this album, taking inspirations from other experimental rock bands like Radiohead. Clearly a ton of effort went into the artistic production of each track. Tracks are busy, full of ten different channels going on that somehow harmonize into a coherent mass that fascinates me at every second. Very few bands are able to do that well, but when it hits, you can't pull your ears away. Each track is loud and compelling, even the less remarkable tracks have a lot going for them. I can't wait to explore the rest of their discography.

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Really good

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Conforme el disco fue avanzando y con las pasadas que le di me gustó más y más. Al principio me parecía inconexo y hasta me estaba cayendo mal la voz, que siento que en Dancing Shoes le tira a imitar a Bowie, pero luego avanza y Golden Age me hizo prestar más atención y de ahí el disco se va para arriba y hasta el final es muy bueno. Aunque lo agregué a mi biblioteca, no le doy las 5 estrellas porque el inicio siguió sin gustarme, incluso después de escucharlo más veces.

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Intéressant, je connaissais pas vraiment Prefs: Halfway Home, Crying, Dancing Choose, Family Tree, Shout Me Out, Lover's Day Moins pref: Red Dress

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Vraiment cool

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These guys really knocked it out of the park with Wolf like me on their debut album. This, their second album doesn’t have a similar killer track but it’s still pretty damned good. I love how they distill so many musical influences into a distinctive and unique sound. There really isn’t another group that sounds like TVotR, and I especially love the lead vocalist Tunde Adebimpe’s vocals, he’s got the perfect voice for the modern age. Released in 2008 this album sounds like it could have been released yesterday.

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The first song, with it's doo-woppy Ramones-y intro followed by breathy and bleak vocals is a good indication of what's to come. They jump around nicely between moods and genres without it ever feeling contrived. Somewhere between a 3 and 4 for me.

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A really fun listen

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This is an interesting indie rock album that show one of the best things in the genre, that is mixing other styles to make compelling songs. In this case, funk, soul and post-punk share the space with a more traditional rock and the result is never boring. "Golden Age" and "DLZ" are great songs, and "Crying" is something of a hidden gem. Adebimpe and Malone voices, together, make this album an unique listen.

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Un mood leggero, musica tranquilla con qualche guizzo. Canzoni molto ascoltabili, un buon sound, bello.

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It's a neat record. Each song is so lavish and dense with instrumentation that it was kind of an exhausting listen, although I was also just quite sleepy when I started listening to it. The track of complete silence was justified, and the band definitely knew what experience this record would give. The lyrics are beautiful, poetic and kind of cryptic, but my biggest complaint is the vocals of one of the singers is not that great. 7/10

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First encounter with this record but I was already hooked on Seeds from a bit later. Already with Dear Science I get exactly the same energy and precise engineering. Reminiscent of the clinical rhythm of Radiohead In Rainbows and the open jubilation of Arcade Fire The Suburbs. I don't know what it is about TV that is so engaging - not that you can even try to sing along - but the composition and studio work are so tight you can't help but get wound up.

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Pleasantly surprised! There's strong new wave and post-punk undertones on all the tracks that I'm so into. There's also an element of funky IDGAF cool that reminds me of Prince on a few tracks. This one grabbed me by my earholes and took me somewhere I didn't know I wanted to go.

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Pretty cool album. Very funky. Will be looking into these guys more

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I had obviously heard and enjoyed several TVOTR songs prior to this, but had never actually gone and listened to an album before—that was a mistake on my part. Excellent and diverse instrumentation, a lot of those driving beats that I love, and plenty of funk. Second half falls off a bit for me, but the outro of “Halfway Home” and the entirety of “Crying” are some incredible album openers. Best songs: Halfway Home, *Crying*, Stork & Owl, Golden Age, DLZ * - favorite song

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Solid electronic rock, a few songs will make the playlist.

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For a band touted as highly as TVOTR, this medium being the first intersection makes this reviewer wonder just how divergent each path taken was. Whether or not TVOTR matches the hype is a question. This album from 2008, and it is certainly starts off as a great album, and yet it only finishes as a good one. TVOTR has a certain variety that is equal parts amazing and then a bit confounding in the way that experimental music tends to invoke. Comparisons to Radiohead do not seem apropos here, since TVOTR is way more appealing to this reviewer. There's a lot to appreciate about this album, but maybe a bit too much. The silver lining is that it is all subjectively good and one cannot help but to respect and appreciate that. Perhaps looking at this album as a fresh take on pop, funk, soul, hiphop, etc. within the same recording is the way to approach this, but it is certainly not surprising if it feels a bit much because of that. However, TVOTR does not seem to suffer an identity crisis and feels right at home with every song and that deserves a good deal of credit.

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4/5. Eclectic, soulful, rocking. Nice 👍

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Big fan of this. I heard Return to Cookie Mountain only a month or so ago and really liked it, and this was great as well. This is definitely a band I need to listen to more of

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Actually quite good! Will check out more of their stuff

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Excellent stuff- was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Lots of chill music with some bops thrown in too.

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Nice rhythm. just not for me though

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3.5 stars. These guys have a good overall sound.

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No real thoughts. Didn't enjoy it, didn't hate it.

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Pretty solid record. I like TV on the Radio, they’re a solid good modern band

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Ok album no bad songs but nothing too exciting. Nothing really memorable about it a day later

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3.5, é bom, gostei do clima pra cima e calmo. Golden age é a melhor do album

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Kind of meh, really, but then again it wasn’t bad

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This was pretty alright. It was kinda funky, so it made for a good listen. It definitely got old by the end of the album, though.

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meh

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Somewhere along the way I confused "TV on the Radio" with "Girl Talk", so I was surprised to hear more of an indie-rock sound. Digging the vocals. Some nice little flourishes/ear candy bits in a few songs as well. A little too straightforward for me in some ways though. 3.5 down to 3.

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Some interesting moments.

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Pretty good

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Eh

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Interesting but no tunes that stood out

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Un peu rock, pas mal.

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It's got its moments, but it's kind of just a "meh" album. It sounds like an indie rock band realizing their shtick isn't working and they need to spice it up by adding a twist, but they can't decide what to throw in the mix

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Había escuchado este grupo de pasada y vaya error. A pesar de que me recuerda la voz a la del cantante de Coldplay y la música tiene un aire a Bloc Party me ha parecido un buen disco. Escucharé más cosas de ellos. Me han gustado: Halfway home, Dancing choose y Family tree.

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Grupo que no conocía y me he llevado una sorpresa la verdad, suenan muy bien, a veces me recuerdan a los red hot, otras a muse. Las canciones que me han gustado especialmente: Lover's Day, Crying y Stork & Owl. Buen descubrimiento, puntuacion 3,5/5.

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No lo he podido es escuchar más de una vez pero me ha parecido mejor de lo que me esperaba. Por momentos se parecen a Scissor Sister, a Red Hot o a Muse. Tiene momento muy buenos en el disco Crying o DLZ. Halfway es una canción también bastante pegadiza y queda genial como apertura del disco. 3,5/5

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I absolutely didn't know anything about this band and this album was a very good surprise. It's not absolutely different from standard indie rock from the last decade, but it's a very good example of this type of song. :-)

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Yea this is cool. Its like a more electronic, funk inspired They Might Be Giants. Its just not striking me in the right way today.

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Listened to this MF back in 08 the main song is great that's it haha

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Not bad, some very catchy songs but nothing to write home about, either

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nice, pretty forgettable

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Like the sound, but don't like the rapping parts and nothing really stood out to me.

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Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: Halfway Home, Family Tree, Love Dog, Shout Me Out Cutting Edge: Dancing Choose, Golden Age, Lover's Day Overall Notes: Pretty good. Nothing quite as good as Wolf Like Me or Happy Idiot, but still a good album. Cut the last 4 songs and it's a 4, as it stands it's a 3.5 rounded down. May come back to this one.

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too long, I liked the sound but it didn't keep me intrigued enough to listen all the way through, really liked the beginning especially crying

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i dont know i just dont know guys i wish i did but i do not know

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Interesting like Radiohead can be interesting. A few funky Talking Heads meets Beck, with some good akt rick textured music.

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Pretty decent!

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An enjoyable trip down memory lane. Golden Age and Family Tree are great tunes. Provoked me to go and dig into their back catalogue more, which is all you can ask.

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Loud opening v jarring, lazy way of singing but a nice kind kind of \"we're trying to be arcade fire vibes\" unexpected change oohhhhh

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Boring

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Good jams, I enjoyed but it wouldn't be an album I search out again.

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Kinda forgettable rnb with some alright jams at times 5/10

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It was okay generic indie

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I listened to the album in order. It sounds like a soundtrack from an artsy coming of age movie. It's not really like anything I listen to at the moment but I really like the beginning of the song Crying. The song Family Tree got me in my FEEEEELLLLSSS. DLZ is just good I added it to my liked songs lol. Heroic Dose is a master piece (if I listen to it while ripped I think I would transcend). Overall it was a good album and I think they have a really fun sound to them and I would probably listen to other songs by them but I wouldn't necessarily call myself a fan, so imma rate it 6/10.

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it was okay, weird that I've never heard of it, songs were all a bit similar to me

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Liked Family Tree, maybe Love Dog as well (the vocals reminded me of Chris Martin)

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Passable but not their best effort

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Pretty good album. Weird choice over Return to Cookie Mountain though. I think the increased prevalence of synths on this one is the weakest aspect. Still got some great funk to it though.

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it was ok, not what i was expecting

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Deserves a few more spins.

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3.5

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No me gustó mucho

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3.5/5 interesting, i'll have to relisten!

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ok listening. Didn't love it or hate it.

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This is good and nice and fine but the kind of modern alt radio sound that doesn’t quite get me and that’s okay. I can hear the Bowie in them, that’s cute

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Not bad, needs another listen. 3.5

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Have this on CD couldn’t remember any of it bar one track which I remember loving “DLZ” Clearly good musicians but falls flat for me mostly and won’t be back

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A nice album from a band that I've never heard of. Suffers from sounding indistinguishable from everything else from the era. Still, a solid effort.

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totally missed this when released. If you only have room in your heart for one ny post punk revival outfit i chose LCD soundsystem.

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The first track gives me Christmas vibes. Not 100% sure of vocalist's voice in this style. Not my thing - can hear talent though.

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Was okay not something I would run out and buy

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Well, it's good. But whatever the genre is called, Gorillaz wore it better. On the other hand, I had to relisten to a lot of Gorillaz albums to learn to love them. So yeah, I will relisten at some point.

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Enjoyed the album. Enjoyed the different interpretations everyone had.

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Eerste helft van de plaat vond ik verrassend leuk. Daarna zakte het wat in en werd het wat meer van hetzelfde.

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Leuk om een keer gehoord te hebben, maar die stem trek ik niet zo goed

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Feel like this is usually regarded as their third best album?

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Huh. They don’t pick one of the two prior albums from this band? Weird. I’ll be honest, I haven’t had a chance to listen to this yet and I’m mostly just pissed I somehow missed …And Justice for All day. Because that shit was my jam in middle school. That’s the album that made me like Metallica. Is it as good as Master of Puppets or Ride the Lightning? Probably not. But it’s definitely more terrible sounding, but also terribly great sounding. An album truly made for cassette players, and it only cost every ounce of Jason Newsted’s dignity. Brilliant. Five stars.

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I appreciate this more than I enjoy it. Great song structures and production, some really catchy stuff, but somehow it never totally gets in my head.

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well named. it sounds like soundtrack music

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Another band I was unfamiliar with - surprised me considering the genre - real vibes of everyone from Black Keys to Kaleo to Leon Bridges - but all a bit meh, but interesting enough i'll search out their other music.

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This album was genuinely a lot of fun to listen to. I was pleasantly surprised given how lame this gosh dang album art is, but that's not the point. About half of the songs here were genuinely enthralling. I particularly loved the punishing distorted guitars and drum beats on the opening track, the glitzy riffs on the second track, the genuinely crushing emotional weight of the fourth track, and the huge, echoing piano hits that defined the sixth track. But I can't lie. About half of these songs didn't exactly stick with me. The singing was a little inconsistent-- the singer's distinctive vocal style doesn't seem to fit every instrumental very well. A song like "Dancing Choose" just had too many weird instrumental ideas and this weird almost-rapped delivery that didn't do it for me. I won't come back to this album much, but it wasn't a bad listening experience. Probably a 6/10

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horrible album cover btw

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Not bad, but there wasn't anything really super memorable

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some real jammies but perhaps not for me

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Much as I like TV On The Radio, I found this to be a rather mundane listening experience, with few stand-out tracks to make it memorable.

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This is good music to have on in the background when cleaning. I also liked the diversity of the album, and the songs didn’t all sound the same.

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Not bad to listen to, but also nothing memorable. Won't be thinking of this album the next day. 3

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This album began TV On the Radio's descent into blandness that eventually swallowed them up. There are a few decent tracks on here, but nothing that really lived up to Return to Cookie Mountain.

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Was alright! I might like it more on a second listen. The sound I think is a bit dated, but not in a classic way. Maybe it’ll sound better in 2030. This sounds like the transition from MySpace to Facebook.

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TV on the Radio were one of the more interesting bands of this era, and I liked that the indie genre became a bit more diverse. But this album seemed to have quite a lot of filler.

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Another solid album by TV On the Radio. Definitely never were on my radar until the previous album from them that was on the list. Still not quite to the level where I think I'd search and seek them out to listen to, but firmly in the camp of enjoying when I come across them.

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I checked out this band years ago and wasn't into the sound then but I actually really enjoyed this album.

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Good tunes but bland sound. I like Golden Age because of the Phish cover, but the cover is so much more alive.

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There are some moments I really enjoy on this album. Sometimes I really didn't love it. I think I needed to spend more time with it. I liked "Halfway Home," "Dancing Choose," "Golden Age," and "Family Tree." Sometimes it just seemed dissonant or repetitive, but there were also very cool and fun instrumentations.

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Nothing really stood out to me about this one

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Indie rock raro. Ni fu ni fa.

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I am completely unaware of the band TV ON THE RADIO, so I don’t know what to expect. After listening to DEAR SCIENCE, it is not bad at all, I don’t find it experimental at all, but I don’t know what to categorize it. I don’t see it being worthy of an entry in 1001 Albums. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, there is their one and only entry. Rate Artist: TV ON THE RADIO (3) Rate Album (Year): DEAR SCIENCE (2008 Original) (3) Rate Album (Year): DEAR SCIENCE (2008 Deluxe Edition (5 Bonus Tracks)) (3)

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Wanted it to be better

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Achei meio genérico

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3.5/5 As with any album that refuses to stick to a genre and combines aspects of multiple genres on individual tracks it can be a weird first listen. The beats are put together well and I enjoy the vocalists voice but some of the songs really just don’t click with me. The album sounds modern enough that it could have come out in recent years and many of the messages contained in the songs still pertain to life. The political and social commentary on “Crying” and “DLZ” and the story of love tainted by prejudice on “Family Tree” are still understandable. Fav Songs: Crying, Dancing Choose, Family Tree, Shout Me Out, DLZ Least Fav: Stork & Owl

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I remember downloading this album on my computer many years ago. I have listened to it a couple of times, but it's been so long since I've heard it. It didn't leave much of an impression on me then. and unfortunately that's still the case now. I did enjoy some moments on this album, though.

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Hipsters of the world, unite!

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Ok

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An album I respect but wouldn't choose to listen to often. The sonic landscape is rich and interesting, but I like more hooks in my music.

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Best Song: DLZ. A more industrial, almost NIN sound. Worst Song: Dancing Choose. The nasally tendencies of the vocalist stick out more in the chorus of this one. Overall: Pleasantly busy music that jumps genres within the album. Vocals are the weak point, but the production is clean.

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It was okay. Just not my kind of music.

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There we have it

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Indie rock raro. Ni fu ni fa.

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Bom.

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OK. Ish.

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Going backwards and forwards on this between a three and four. On the one hand, I enjoy it while it's on - on the other, it kinds slides totally outta my head as soon as it's over. Even after three play throughs it hasn't really stuck with me. A three then, I guess... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fave track - "DLZ" I remember checking the name of it while it was on... Can't remember much about it now though....

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Really good3/5

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I missed the boat on these guys, and I'm not particularly sad about it.

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Every time I've seen them live, they've been disappointing. Better as a studio band. I didn't think this was meant to be their best. It's ok, fine, some nice sounds and textures but can be a bit background-y

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Seemed pretty good, but I'll revisit it I think

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His voice adapts depending on the song. Truly remarkable. Arrangements are postmodern and baladic. (6/10) FT: DLZ, Family Tree

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Du Indie rock OK, no more no less

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Ehh.. it's fine I guess.

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This album seems to have a reputation of confusing people...confusing people on why it was included, confusing people on what the genre is, confusing people to the point where they don't even know whether they like it or not. This album was definitely all over the place, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in not so good ways. I like when a band doesn't force themselves to be confined to one sound or style. But that also makes for a mixed listening experience -- you like some stuff and absolutely don't like other stuff. Ultimately, I'm not sure why this album was included, except maybe for the band's daring to be eclectic. This album didn’t hit a home run, but I was interested all throughout.

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7/10 Best Song - Halfway Home

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2008. Key Songs: DLZ, Halfway Home, Crying

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Nothing special

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too cluttered

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started weak, got slightly better

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Fine? Good even? Nothing special that stood out for me

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I see what they're trying to do here, and it's not the worst I've heard, but it's not particularly well-executed either. The album opens with Halfway Home, which sounds very Joy Division-esque, but somehow less exciting. The tracks sound like gray noise until you get to Red Dress which breaks out into really what reminds me of the type of rap they try to put in Anime music. It's not good. At the very least, the songs that Spotify plays after this is filled with Arcade Fire, The Shins, and Local Natives, all of which I love. I'm just not really thrilled with this offering.

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Ein weiteres Album, mit dem TV On The Radio es leider nicht auf meine Senderliste geschafft haben.

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It was okay, definitely not my favorite though.

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Agree with Andy and Sean. Seems a little all over the place.

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Surprised this on here.

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Meh

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OK. Didn't hear anything special.

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Paso.

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Very nothing special

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You dont have a friend in me

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Didn't like it that much... it was okay. 2/5 stars.

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I’m giving this a 2 just because they are one of my all time favs and this is my least fav album of theirs. Starts off great and then they try too hard with the spoken word rapping bits. Beautiful horn instruments throughout tho.

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not my style at all.

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opener is very 2008 skins, decent but does nothing for me and I can't even remember hearing this which I undoubedtly did at the time but I do like the mostly instrumental outro like the music but nothing special "While Zion's behavior never gets mentioned" but this lyric could be from any decade in the last 70 years i feel i would love these songs in a film score on on a tv show more to give them more meaning they lack on their own the band should be called music on tv not tv on radio. i do like the music, violins, cellos, keyboard/piano along with usual guitar, bass and drums. good music, innovensive vocals and lyrics and appreciate it for the use of cello/violin strings which is not overly common in pop music especially of this era Family Tree is probably the best song and if I heard it as the backdrop to a film/tv show about a black couple or a gay couple etc it would probably pop more but still a great song. Red Dress I wish the album was more like this "When the man cracks the whip And you'll all shake your hips And you'll all dance to this Without making a fist" 2 - not for me but doesn't hurt my ears but could possibly be a 3 as I might listen again as the later part of the album intrigued me a bit

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New band to me, not my cup of tea either, too heavy on the programming.

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A bit too Prince lite at times but some of the more indie focused numbers are interesting listens. "Stork and Owl" is great.

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I really enjoyed the instruments in this album. However, I really did not enjoy the vocals in it. The singer mainly just "say-sung" through most of the songs. It didn't match up very well in my opinion. However, on songs he was actually singing on, it sounded great. Favorite track: Shout Me Out

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just because it's more palatable than most post-punk doesn't mean it's any good.

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There were a couple moments on this album that I enjoyed, but it generally wasn't for me and I felt like it was about a third too long (maybe I'm spoiled by the length limit of the old LPs we've been dealt the most so far, where they're all coming in at under ~45 minutes); I had to take a break in the middle of this album (sometimes I do that anyway) and listen to some Disney tunes before coming back to it LOL

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Didn’t really do it for me.

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This fucking sucked to be honest. There was nothing interesting or enjoyable about it. Not sure why it is on this list. 2 stars.

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‘Shout me Out’ has really grown on me after 2/3 plays but most of the rest feels disjointed & unharmonious, & the songs phase very awkwardly. 2008 must have been a very thin year if this was one of the top albums

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First Listen. Never heard of them before. Definitely a sound I like. Very enjoyable album. I'll listen to this one again. 2/5 for now.

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Not very good! I could maybe see some parts of it being good if the singer could sing worth a damn or if the songs were recorded in a style or something but to me, a lot of this album was unsalvageable. Pretty bad. Mostly. I don't think I needed to hear this before I died.

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Top Pick: Crying This one wasn't really my jam, only listened to the first half. I enjoyed the instrumentation of a couple tunes and the backing band were pretty tight but I didn't really dig the singer's vibe.

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Liked the music. Didn’t care for the Volga list or the lyrics

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It's almost good. Not the type of music I'd listen to again... I could see it working as background music.

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Meh...fine as background music but nothing particularly notable or exciting

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Good but probably wouldn't listen to again.

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Meh

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So so, happy idiot and wolf like me rocks as #SINGLES

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TV On The Radio's Dear Science is more of an indie/electro/rock style of an album. Not sure why it was classed as the best album of 2008 by a number of major publications, considering things like Kanye's "808s & Heartbreak" and Kings of Leon's "Only by the Night" were out the same year. Best: Family Tree Worst: Lover's Day

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Pretty dull

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Initially this does not seem like my type of music

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I like “Wolf Like Me,” but it’s not on this album. DLZ is ok. This sounds like low-rent Prince or something. Also, the mix sounds off. Like I’m not hearing all the instruments.

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No le encontré pies ni cabeza. No me gustó el sonido y en general este disco no me enganchó para nada. 1.5 estrellas que suben a 2 porque no es horrible, tampoco fue una tortura, simplemente no me gustó.

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Enjoyed it. Nothing special idk

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The songs on here had such potential. Was so close to being a sound, an experience, that I was looking for. But it just never made it to that level. Fun, but just not something I will be replaying. "Golden Age" was catchy and probably my favorite. All in all though the songs just melded together into sort of a nothingness.

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I hate rating systems cuz i always change mine and compare too often ie. If so and so got a 3 then this isnt as good should get a 2 yadda yadda.. so from now on its gonna be 1- bad, 2- ok, 3- good, 4- great, 5- classic. This is a 2. Theres some good stuff and some really not good stuff.

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Couldn't get into this. Little stood out.

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Meh. This one didn't really do a whole lot for me. I didn't HATE it, but nothing on here was very memorable either. I guess it was pleasantly forgettable, but definitely didn't blow my mind. Fave track: Stork & Owl. Artsy, fun, and a vibe. Enjoyed that track a lot. Normally I rate "meh" albums with three stars, but I'm subtracting a star punitively because having an entire album track that just consists of silence is insufferably pretentious, in a first-college-boyfriend sort of way.

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Forgettable

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One or two good songs but ultimately not for me

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ew 00s indie rock, and even worse it has pop touches. 2/5.

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Not bad but not good. Painfully average.

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Meh

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Coldplay lite but with really heavy loud drums

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"A bombshell: as good as it undoubtedly is, this record isn't going to change your life. Nor will it be considered an OK Computer or a Velvet Underground & Nico in ten years' time. Did it ever promise to be? Some people seemed to think so, and many still might." - Rob Webb, Drowned in Sound. It's ten years on, and I think his prediction has become true. This was the flavour the year, 2008, but do we really still need to listen to this record? It sounds great, it's smart and approachable, even if little short on real hooks and energy. 1001 Albums; I suspect this was a relatively fresh album when putting together whatever edition this went into, but I'm willing to bet it will be cut from the next edition. Just my little prediction there.

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First time of listening. Not greatly impressed, got a feeling of Wayne Coyne/Flaming Lips light here. Can't see why it is on the list and wouldn't own it myself.

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Not my speed anymore with the exception of a track or two. Good walk down memory lane though

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It was fine. It didn't do anything for me though.

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meio fracão

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Some potential here, but not grabbing me on first listen.

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This is an affirmation that I’m not just tired of that one song they have, but that I really do not like them. There was maybe one good song on here, but too much of it sounded like dudeman was trying waaaaaay to hard to sound like Bowie and failed miserably. I’d give it 0 if I could. Awful.

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Not a fan. Like a poor mans bloc party

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Volle Deckung! Hipster Blendgranate !!! Ein Pop Album, das nicht viel verkehrt macht, aber mich so unterkühlt zurücklässt, dass ich erstmal einen Ingwer-Shot brauche. Es ist nicht so, dass Konzept, Instrumentalisierung und Struktur per se kacke ist, ich kaufe ihnen nur keinen Millimeter ihres selbstgefälligen Pathos’ auf diesem (dritten) Album ab. Ähnlich verachtenswert ist diese ostentative „Kulgscheisserei“ beim Bandnamen, die mir zu Zeiten von „Starring at the sun“ oder „Wolf like me“ noch nicht aufgestoßen war. Und so bin ich im Prozess ihres Werdens als Follower verloren gegangen, aber Haldern bleibt solch smarten Tierchen immer treu-saftige Headliner Weide. *yawny 1.0

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No

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Couldn’t even finish it. Wasn’t for me

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Just a nothing sort of album.

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a bit repetitive in the prominent use of drums, but some catchy songs

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I don't really see anything special about this, and I don't see why it's on this list. It probably is about a 2, but I'm rating it a 1 because it shouldn't be on this list. Aggressively mid.

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Голос противный

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This just kind of sucks. Can't tell what kind of genre it's supposed to be. Bad singing all around. 3/10.

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Ostatni album roku 2k21 i taki cringe, wczesne lata 2k wylewaja sie z tego albumu, tak jak na wczorajszym odsluchu blend wszelakich gatnkow zeby calosc nazwac artystycznie wybitnym rokowanie, mnostwo instrumentow, denerwujacy wokal pana Adebimpe, nie ma to jak zakonczyc rok tak potwornym miszmaszem podanym w sosie nowoczesnej muzyki, gdzie ciezko jest okreslic kto zrobil wieksza robote, ktos grajacy, czy procesujacy caly material, bo tak mialkiego materialu czlowiek nie jest w stanie nagrac o wlasnych silach

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Weird album. Did nothing for me. Meh...put on my own Santana Lotus live CD from Japan in 1973. Now it can really crank.

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Wow, I really don't understand this one. It's a wild mix of styles, yet, the band is bad at every single one of those styles.

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Not really a fan and I’m having a hard time putting my finger on what it is that I don’t like. I think a lot of it is the vocals. The dude’s voice just isn’t my cup of tea. There’s one song where it sounds like he’s going for a rage against the machine type of sound and it just doesn’t work. I also feel like the whole sound just isn’t very cohesive and is disorganized. Not sure if that’s the best way of putting it but something is off.

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