Mix aural traces of Africa, Europe, and New York. Approach a Radiohead solution by way of Talking Heads (or vice versa). Then drown it all in conscious-throbbing Byrneian rambling excess. The result: proof that every so often the corporate Indie machine produces genuine achievement. Sometimes they fall into the necessary glumness via strings and the music becomes graceless. More times, they rejuvenate their warrior-strength quasi-optimism through drums and bass. They're best when they're feeling their jive, like on "Halfway Home," or when they (delicately) handle (directed) melancholy on "Crying." Most contagious: "Dancing Choose," easily the best song about a newspaper man in years. "Dear Science" says a lot by not obsessing over saying something, musically speaking. Lyrically, it's a vicious battle to quell the flow of abstract lyricdom--not that I'm complaining.
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TV on the Radio's third album follows on the same path as previous albums, but with some fine-tuning and an awesome rock symphony that portrays art to the ears. Named 2008 Album of the Year by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, and Paste magazines.