Artist: TV On The Radio

Album: The Believer Music Issue June/July 2004

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Song Notes: As-I-Listen Review: Ugh. The vocals on the Young People song are HORRIBLE. (Actually, I get this weird vibe of This Is What The Shaggs Would Sound Like If They Were Confident Instead Of Terrified Of Their Horrible Father. And it really doesn't work.) SKIP. TV On The Radio -- I've heard a lot about, but I don't know. I don't like their name. This song isn't horrible or anything, but I honestly don't get why someone would be flipping out over the Awesomeness Of This Band or anything. In fact, I'm kinda finding them really, sorta annoying once the High Singing Guy started. Ugh. Fuck this. - Rev. Syung Myung Me

TV on the Radio is somewhat of an enigma in contemporary indie rock. While other bands are desperately hopping on and off one bandwagon to another, Dave Sitek, Tunde Adepimbe and company are paving a path all their own. The third song on Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, ‘Dreams’ follows two very think and entrancing songs in The Wrong Way and Staring at the Sun. Kicking off with a very simple bass drum and snare pattern, which remains steady throughout the song, and Adepimbe’s yearning tenor singing “All your dreams are over now/and all your wings have fallen down,” the overall bleak mood of the song is established from the opening few bars. A high-pitched guitar wail and throbbing bass interrupt the dreary opening as guitarist Kyp Malone’s eerily high falsetto accentuates Adepimbe’s aching lyrics about a break-up, giving it a very unsettling, ear-catching vibe. As they break back into the loose chorus established at the beginning of the song, the vocalists trade emotions as what sounds like a bass clarinet bellows in the background. During the second verse, the words come rushing out like a blurted epiphany as Adepimbe confesses ‘it’s best that your so blind/because your heart can’t grieve.’ Another laid back chorus melts away as the bridge swells from underneath the mix with quick, alliterative word pairs and the echoing sentiment of the song’s chorus. The song ends like most relationships, unresolved, as Adepimbe attempts wrap it up with two emotions synonymous with lost love, ‘worried and wondering.’ Mpardaiolo

MUST MUST MUST CHECK OUT THE NEW TVONTR ALBUM ( return to cookie mountain ) it is simply incredible, give it a second try, and enjoy.... -- RKL


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