TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2011 Ratings: #70 / 964
User Score
Based on 137 ratings
2011 Ratings: #145
April 12, 2011 / Release Date
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Interscope / Label
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Each listen reveals another layer, and the album wears incredibly well over obsessive revisiting.


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

Tiny Mix Tapes

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

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.

This is the first post-'Dear Science' album and what's clear is the increased buff n' shine/pop focus that was refreshing on that release has already become stale.

'Nine Types of Light' makes a solid fist of things with an acceptable first half of tunes but even my favourite track on the album ('Keep Your Heart') wouldn't have made the top ten songs on its predecessor. Ouch.

By side B's 'Repetition' you'll be struggling not to reach for the skip button as the quality falls away to the ... read more
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
Nowhere near as integral as earlier material (impossible to top), but it still contains some of their most memorable songs.
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
Just good... Nothing amazing about this
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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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