If you are looking for an exercise in articulation, may I suggest trying to explain what kind of music TV On The Radio plays to someone who has never listened to TVOTR’s albums before. Most of my attempts at explanation have usually ended in: “Well, here.” I’d say, handing over and earpiece, “Just listen.” Dear Science shares this nearly indefinable fusion of funky, synth & drum-heavy, experimental grooves and layered beat-vocal combinations. What stands out on Dear Science is the emphasis on cleaner, clearer vocals—harmonies & backing included—with the unique tonal tendencies and the beats grabbing center stage, while the guitar/bass, horns, piano and such fade in and out as constantly evolving support (Listen: “Shout Me Out,” Family Tree,” “Love Dog”). With that said, some tracks, such as “Crying,” “DLZ” and “Red Dress,” harken back to the funky, buzzing, body-moving catchiness that is expected of these Brooklyn-based artistes. Overall, Dear Science is perhaps not as mind-blowing as Return To Cookie Mountain, but definitely an album, and a band, worth coveting.
For some instant, aggressively funky gratification, check out “DLZ.”