TV On The Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Rolling Stone: Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "DESPERATE YOUTH is more proof that sometimes the best records are the most challenging."
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- Released: March 9, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Touch & Go Records
Rolling Stone - 3/18/04, p.733.5 stars out of 5 - "[The Brooklyn band is] indebted to everything from late-Eighties indie rock to classic soul music....DESPERATE YOUTH is a rebuke to their retro peers: Not all the good ideas have been taken already."
Rolling Stone - p.152Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "DESPERATE YOUTH is more proof that sometimes the best records are the most challenging."
Spin - p.66Ranked #12 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "Easily the year's dizziest album, their debut sounds like Kanye West producing a punkabilly space-rock troupe."
Q - p.1243 stars out of 5 - "[U]niquely intriguing, weaving in influences that have no right to mesh as coherently as they do....Singer Tunde Adebimpe has fashioned a genuinely novel sound."
Uncut - p.1004 stars out of 5 - "A far more effective transcription of frantic, funky Manhattan than the CBGBs set ever dreamt of..."
Uncut - p.76Ranked #36 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "This smart and soulful transcription of Manhattan's frantic energy is one of the year's better discoveries."
Magnet - p.67Ranked #15 in Magnet's "The 20 Best Albums Of 2004" - "[A] subway rumble through 60 years' worth of the five boroughs' golden greats."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1164 stars out of 5 - "[A] debut album that elegantly pursues their quest to sound like nothing they recognise....TVOTR are coming over loud and beautifully weird."
- 1.The Wrong Way
- 2.Staring at the Sun
- 4.King Eternal
- 7.Don't Love You
- 8.Bomb Yourself
- 9.Wear You Out
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
TV On The Radio: Kyp Malone (vocals, guitar, loops); Tunde Adebimpe (vocals, loops); David Andrew Sitek.
Additional personnel: Katrina Ford (vocals); Nick Zinner (guitar); Martin Perna (flute); Jaleel Bunton (drums).
Composer: David Andrew Sitek.
Personnel: Kyp Malone (vocals, guitar, loops); Tunde Adebimpe (vocals, loops); Katrina Ford (vocals); Nick Zinner (guitar); Martin Perna (flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jaleel Bunton (drums).
Recording information: Hickory Lane (08/2003-09/2003).
Photographers: Brian Alesi; Stella Alesi.
Brooklyn trio TV ON THE RADIO first started creating a stir in 2003 with their Liars/Yeah Yeah Yeahs connections and striking debut EP, which made many year-end best-of lists despite its short length. The band's much-anticipated debut full-length is essentially a stylistic continuation of the sound forged on the EP. There's a strong influence of what could only be called art-rock; singer Tunde Adebimpe's voice strongly resembles that of Peter Gabriel, and the band conjures thick, atmospheric clouds of multi-layered keyboards. However, there's also a distinctively punk side to DESPERATE YOUTH, BLOOD THIRSTY BABES that's a reflection not only of the band's peers, but of homage subtly paid to the post-punk likes of PiL or Pere Ubu. Tension, emotion, and friction reign throughout, as a current of unease drifts through the album, making the listening experience simultaneously rich and slightly unsettling.