TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2011 Ratings: #70 / 951
User Score
Based on 137 ratings
2011 Ratings: #144
April 12, 2011 / Release Date
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Interscope / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Each listen reveals another layer, and the album wears incredibly well over obsessive revisiting.

90
PopMatters

Even with these toe-dips in fuzzier, darker grooves, there’s still a sanguine blanket that covers Nine Types of Light.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

TV on the Radio's emphasis on love and companionship feels vital.

80
Consequence of Sound

Nine Types of Light, continues to explore their ever-increasing accessibility with infectious results, albeit with more sonic sparseness and optimistic lyrics.

MasterCrackfox
67
Although I could be totally off base with this assertion, something about Nine Types of Light shouts to me that TV on the Radio were happy to abandon the moniker of experimental rock, and with that decision decided to essentially stop experimenting. Something happened on Dear Science where the group started experimenting instead with the idea of accessibility, continuing to layer sound upon sound but ultimately choosing layers less stark and instead ones that felt driven by catchy tunes and ... read more
TheBravesDH
87
Nowhere near as integral as earlier material (impossible to top), but it still contains some of their most memorable songs.
blvckgovt
70
There's just something about TV on the Radio that never clicks with me. This album is decent. I would even say this is my favorite release of theirs. Of course this is one of their most easily accessible albums, sounding more poppy compared to their older work. Probably why I don't completely love this thing is for that reason. The songwriting is really good here but the clean production doesn't do it for me. Sounds a bit too generic indie to me. It's good, but unfortunately not one I see ... read more
Ennety
60
Just good... Nothing amazing about this
sumrapsungs
NR
a triumph.
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Track List

  1. Second Song 
  2. Keep Your Heart 
  3. You 
  4. No Future Shock 
  5. Killer Crane 
  6. Will Do 
  7. New Cannonball Blues 
  8. Repetition 
  9. Forgotten 
  10. Caffeinated Consciousness
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