Return to Cookie Mountain

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2006 Ratings: #4 / 687
User Score
Based on 266 ratings
2006 Ratings: #21
Liked by 5 people
September 12, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope / 4AD / Label
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A.V. Club

TV On The Radio previously seemed content to roam the open horizon; here, it's intent on exploring the far side. The journey is, once again, enthralling.


Like their first albums, the songs build on loops, grooves, and drones. They feel familiar, but they've never sounded this good-- or this thick.

Slant Magazine

Their music is accessible, but what makes the band stand out aside from their "weird" presentation is their refusal to compromise their artistic integrity.


While far from immaculate, Cookie Mountain is the logical progression from Desperate Youth, with its conception fruit enough for those who appreciate musical innovation.


Return to Cookie Mountain gives the most complete representation of the hopes, joys, and fears within TV on the Radio's music.

TV on the Radio [TVOTR] is one of those bands that I've seen live and left extremely disappointed at the close of the show. Why do you ask? Well, this band [TVOTR] has created an incredible sound rich in nuanced treatments, progressive arrangements, while also writing remarkably imaginative lyrics to accompany their original sound. So because of this, they are met with the challenge to perform their music live accompanied by the “Exotics” heard on the album. It didn't happen. And ... read more
Experimental, accessible, artistic: these are just a few somewhat contradictory terms to describe TV On The Radio's breakthrough album. The band's textures and instrumental work is fantastic, and with super clean production on top of it, the complete instrumental work is among the best of the 2000's. The only actual problem I have is that there are just a couple songs that don't really seem necessary, or are weaker than the rest. But this is still an album that is enjoyable at pretty much ... read more
'Return to Cookie Mountain' is where TVOTR really caught the attention of the indie public at large, and this might be partly due to it boasting a phenomenal opener in the glitchy and sweetly cacophonous 'I Was a Lover'.

The first half of the album largely keeps pace with that opener with the Bowie guesting 'Province' and hand clap mantra 'A Method' being personal favourites. Saying that, the only other song I'd rate an equal classic to the opener is of course the indie rock masterpiece 'Wolf ... read more
On Return to Cookie Mountain, the second full-length record by group TV on the Radio and their first major label debut, the group synthesize the best moments of their previous record and improve on them even further. It's an album that pushes TV on the Radio's sound from good to great; all the elements of their music remains the same, only better.

Although the vocal performance of Adebimpe is a novel showing, one of the more quirky and distinctive voices in indie rock in the 2000s, and the ... read more
I Was A Lover - 10
Hours - 10
Province - 10
Playhouses - 10
Wolf Like Me - 10
A Method - 10
Let The Devil In - 10
Dirty Whirl - 10
Blues From Down Here - 10
Tonight - 10
Wash The Day Away - 10
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Track List

  1. I Was A Lover
  2. Hours
  3. Province
  4. Playhouses
  5. Wolf Like Me
  6. A Method
  7. Let The Devil In
  8. Dirty Whirl
  9. Blues From Down Here
  10. Tonight
  11. Wash The Day Away
  12. Untitled 
  13. Snakes and Martyrs 
  14. Hours (El-P Remix)
  15. Things You Can Do
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