TV on the Radio Dear Science

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On their third album, Brooklyn art-rockers TV on the Radio do what they do best, which seems to be just about everything. Whether crafting wistful neo-soul ballads (“Family Tree”), distortion-tinged political rockers (“Dancing Choose,” “Red Dress”), or 21st-century funk jams (“Golden Age,” “Crying”), the band simply shines. With Dave Sitek’s knob-twiddling flourishes, horn sections courtesy of the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, and the melodic vocal interplay of frontmen Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, Dear Science is easily the group’s most accessible and fully realized album to date, although listeners won’t find any saccharine pop moments here. This is intelligent and complex music, and even the “bah bah bah” chorus of stellar album opener “Halfway Home” can’t hide the fact that these boys are operating on another level.