TV on the Radio - Seeds
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2014 Ratings: #241 / 964
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
2014 Ratings: #211
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November 18, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Harvest / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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The 405

A record rich in fruits to reap, the result of unbridled enthusiasm, masterful craft and, yes, a long gaze sunwards.


It's a rare record that serves as an entry point for newcomers while rewarding old fans who've stuck by them since the beginning.


Seeds is destined to grow and grow. Exhilarating stuff.

Pretty Much Amazing

Seeds isn’t TV on the Radio’s strongest album, but it is a radiant reboot, a move forward and a reason to move.

Drowned in Sound

Staying true to the TOTR ethos of writing music that yo-yos between genres, its 12 expansive tracks make for a compelling and frankly splendid record that you should seriously consider adding to your collection.

The Line of Best Fit

Seeds is a very strong album, even if it may alienate fans of their older synth-led doom-gaze sound.


Repeated formulas don’t make for quite the same highs, but there’s a sense of a band regaining their momentum, after tragedy and the slight blip of ‘Nine Types of Light’.


These songs conjure the same excitement as the seditious ‘Wolf Like Me’ did in 2006. TV On The Radio have returned from an uncertain period sounding remarkably fresh.


At its best, Seeds is a fine tribute to Smith and the sound of enduring unimaginable loss.


The band is as sharp and bold as ever, finding new facets of a sound they spearheaded more than a decade ago.


This very quick, very pretty album is a good new look for TV on the Radio, and longtime fans will also feel at home with Seeds. 


Thankfully, for longtime fans and new listeners alike, though the music might sound pricier than ever, the basic architecture hasn’t really changed at all.

Rolling Stone

In some ways, Seeds is a tentative return: There are fewer risks taken here than on previous albums. TVOTR's boldest move this time around is starting over. 


Fans of TVOTR's early density and difficulty might get dismayed at their gradual transformation into the thinking stoner's Coldplay. But it's impossible to listen to Seeds' luxurious fuzz and think that this is a band who mean to be anything but fat and in love.

Consequence of Sound

Moving past melancholy into mild acceptance is a real accomplishment, but a difficult one to make compelling for an entire album. Seeds struggles in that regard, but has to be called a success. It’s not their most exciting, magnetic, or powerful record, but it is the one they needed to make.

A.V. Club

Seeds reflects a band unconcerned with challenging its listeners this time and more interested in delivering a complete collection of competent, mark-bearing songs for the sake of proudly stating the existence of TV On The Radio in 2014.

'Seeds' I respect more than its predecessor 'Nine Types of Light', but only in so much that it largely does away with any pretence the band are trying to craft a creative masterpiece and instead admits it's a disposable indie rock album at heart.

'Quartz' is another chewy opener, 'Happy Idiot' is radio fodder but hits guilty pleasure pay dirt, 'Could You' is close to singalong in a good way, and the rest of the first half is 'worth a go'.

After seventh song 'Ride' the album really fades ... read more
After four previous full-length albums and over a decade of musical creation and invention, TV on the Radio songs can be boiled down to a science at this point and therefore seem to come with a formula for success. TV on the Radio, on their fifth release Seeds, seem to rely a little too heavily on the formula rather than venturing out passed it. It follows the trajectory of Nine Types of Light so closely that the albums are barely distinguishable from each other in many respects. For long-time ... read more
Easily their worst, but I still find so much to enjoy in this. It is massively cleaned up to the point where you almost thought they were going to get some of that more mainstream recognition they had been deserving for years. I always preferred Tunde, but it's impressive how comfortable of a performer Kyp became over the years. Still holding out hope that a wave of inspiration will hit the guys one more time.
After the loss comes restart and a bet to win. Existance.
Their sound is clearer, with no angles, just the basic formula to step on.
Favorite tracks : CAREFUL YOU and TEST PILOT.
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Track List

  1. Quartz
  2. Careful You
  3. Could You
  4. Happy Idiot 
  5. Test Pilot
  6. Love Stained 
  7. Ride 
  8. Right Now
  9. Winter 
  10. Lazerray
  11. Trouble 
  12. Seeds
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Added on: September 2, 2014