Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Independent on Sunday: Music Review

TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain 4AD
By Keith Laidlaw

This album will probably seem odd even to those familiar with the Brooklynites' debut, Desperate Youth, Bloody Thirsty Babes. Sure, there are arrhythmic beats, falsetto barbershop harmonies, oblique lyrics, distorted horns and guitars, waltz-time arrangements and overlapping samples seemingly played at several different wrong speeds. But underlying it all is a glorious pop sensibility. "Wolf Like Me" recalls the stomping pomp of OutKast; opener "I Was a Lover" may have got lost on its way to Björk's house. Elsewhere you'll hear Peter Gabriel, Arcade Fire, Kate Bush and Prince all being tossed into the incinerator.