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Dear Science (album) by TV On The Radio

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Dear Science
Dear Science by TV On The Radio (2008)
Release date: 2008-09-22
Overall rank: 431st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 558 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 5 albums of 2008 (5th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (83rd)
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TV On The Radio bestography

Dear Science is ranked as the best album by TV On The Radio.

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-Dear ScienceReturn To Cookie Mountain

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90/100
From Strangel
This is the peak of their experimental indie-soul-funk-electro-post punk formula. Some of this stuff is punchy as hell when done live. Such an upbeat, melodic, soulful album that resonates deeply with those who like their music with a bit of extra reach.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHT: There is a very satisfying slow build to the opening track, Halfway Home, which ends in a cacophonic crescendo. I am also a fan of the more contemplative tracks; Stork and Owl with its strings accompaniment, and Family Tree with its piano. Both fit seamlessly in amongst the more typically upbeat tracks on the album.

I think the real highlight is the eclectic quality of the album.
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95/100
'Dear Science' will always hold a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first 'indie' albums that I loved. It's a remarkably consistent album -- for me, the only bad song is 'Lover's Day' which, as others have mentioned, is lacking in anything resembling subtlety, with the band being as blatant about the song's sexual subject as outright saying 'I'm gonna make you cum'.

If I were to describe TV on the Radio to someone who hadn't heard of them, they're like Prince meets Joy Division; they have Prince's falsettos mixed with the guitar (often bass-heavy) riffs of Joy Division.

The best songs are 'Dancing Choose', 'Shout Me Out' and 'DLZ', but there are several other great tracks on the album really. I do find it puzzling that TV on the Radio's critical acclaim doesn't match their reception on sites like this one, they have everything a hipster could want: they're influenced by some of the greats, David Bowie talked about how much he loved them (he sung on Return to Cookie Mountain) and they have introspective, esoteric lyrics.

I couldn't choose between 'Return to Cookie Mountain' and 'Dear Science' for my favourite TV on the Radio album, you should give them both a listen.
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60/100
From Brad1770
I couldn’t really get into this album, agree with previous posts DLZ is the best track here. The final track LOVERS DAY contains some truly cringe worthy lyrics, try this on for size:
“ Break the bed and crash the floor , stop laugh and scream & have the neighbors call the cops “
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80/100
From gibson
Good album, would probably be a good place to start for people who want to get into indie music.
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A masterpiece. TV On The Radio's energetic, soulful sound is infectious and gets better with each listen.
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80/100
Good diverse album, with DLZ being a cut above the rest. Not really any bad songs on here.

Best tracks that aren't DLZ: Dancing Choose, Love Dog
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From zags7000
This is one of those albums that seem to get better with time. They're are different things to fall in love with at each listen.
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85/100
Brilliant, gets better with every listen. 'Lover's Day' is especially powerful, whilst 'DLZ' has to be one of the most awesomely cool songs I've heard.
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every song is put together really well. gotta love the instrumentation, its pretty funky. it just stays together so well from the epic "halfway home" to "lovers day" at the end
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such a cool record, every song on here is so magnificently different from the next, strap yourselves in peoples
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