TV on the Radio - Seeds
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2014 Ratings: #173 / 845
User Score
Based on 124 ratings
2014 Ratings: #220
November 18, 2014 / Release Date
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Harvest / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

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

90
Exclaim!

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.

90
musicOMH

Seeds is destined to grow and grow. Exhilarating stuff.

83
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.

80
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.

80
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.

80
DIY

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’.

80
NME

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.

80
AllMusic

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

80
PopMatters

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

79
Paste

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. 

72
Pitchfork

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.

70
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. 

70
Spin

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.

67
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.

50
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.

TheBravesDH
80
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 the guys one more time.
musicmagpie55
88
I return to this album quite a bit. Catharism mixed with catchy melodies and lush instrumentation. An album that allows for mourning as much as dancing. 'Test Pilot' is a very pretty tune!
CheapandLethal
70
Decent
85
Excellent
NR
TVOTR keeps cleaning up their sound for some reason. They can write a few memorable songs, but their voices are the only things saving this from being a boring indie-pop-rock album.
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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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