TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2008 Ratings: #4 / 758
Year End Rank: #1
User Score
Based on 267 ratings
2008 Ratings: #14
Liked by 4 people
September 22, 2008 / Release Date
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Interscope / Label
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This is shit-hot thrilling music. But it's also brainy and ambivalent, and more engaging for it.


On Dear Science, the band channels its focus into lean, nimble songs with more structure and polish -- and more focus on Tunde Adepimbe's and Kyp Malone's vocals -- than any of TV on the Radio's previous work.

Rated such as I have, TVOTR's 'Dear Science' is one of modern music's better examples of how musical experimentation transforms into modern art. As an aside the title reminds me of the witch that taught me "Science" in high school. She hated students. She often projected most of us would amount to nothing. Mrs. Roare... What a horrible person she was. Which concludes this tirade aimed at a person in my transformative years that sought to retard my development. An "educator" ... read more
The common criticism is that this album frequently sounds too Prince indebted...but after listening to other acts like Beck and Janelle Monae really flounder doing similar, to pull off 'the Prince sound' convincingly is impressive in itself!

This album is one of the standout indie rock hit machines of the '00s with catchy tracks ('DLZ' and 'Golden Age') mixing with the band's finest ballads ('Family Tree', 'Love Dog') and the aforementioned funky moments ('Crying', 'Red Dress'). The opener ... read more
Nice try.
TV on the Radio have never been shameful about their pop sensibilities, making catchy songs but allowing themselves to spread out the layers of what is possible for something to sound catchy. They are about as experimental as the medium can get on their best days, but against popular belief Dear Science is not them at their most interesting nor crucially their most experimental. For the most part, Dear Science is a more nuanced dance record, with TV on the Radio sounding the most up-tempo and ... read more
Someone needs to step up and do a 10th anniversary vinyl reissue here. To me, this is the seminal indie rock release of the late 00's. I never would've guessed they could've surpassed Cookie Mountain, but this is damn near perfection. Lyrics, grooves, accessibility,'s all here. It's an album that makes you feel better for having heard it.
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Track List

  1. Halfway Home
  2. Crying
  3. Dancing Chose
  4. Stork & Owl
  5. Golden Age
  6. Family Tree
  7. Red Dress
  8. Love Dog
  9. Shout Me Out
  10. DLZ
  11. Lover’s Day
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