TV on the Radio's missive to society

TV on the Radio established itself as an art-rockin’, hip-hoppin’ heavyweight capable of rising above the status of mere buzz band with spectacular, well-produced first and second albums.

Many other groups would be crushed by the burden of their own brilliance. But David Sitek, Tunde Adebimpe and their assemblage of talented cohorts rose to the occasion with Dear Science, a third effort that is not only solid and well-crafted, but ambitious, masterful and possibly TVOTR’s best thus far.

The usual trademark elements are here: organic percussion mixed with drum machine beats, perfectly placed horn arrangements and electronic embellishments, stunning falsetto harmonies by singer/bassist Kyp Malone, and several well-placed appearances by Celebration’s throaty-voiced singer Katrina Ford.