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FIRST LISTEN: TVOTR’s Album of ‘Lovers Rock’


They’ve made some of last decade’s best albums, including 2008’sDear Science and 2006’s Return to Cookie Mountain, and now TV on the Radio are back with the long-awaited Nine Types of Light. The record hits stores on April 12, but you can preview clips from the entire album over at the Guardian.

In his 8-out-of-10 review, SPIN contributor Sean Fennessey calls the record “lovers rock,” and explains: “Which isn’t to say this band has never loved.Guitarist Kyp Malone’s ‘Lover’s Day’ from Dear Science remains an oft-quoted Brooklyn sex jam, and they are an undeniably physical band — not quite hip-thrusters, but Adebimpe’s wounded, off-kilter sensuality is a particularly unusual brand. They just haven’t been this intimate about their feelings before.”

And he praises TVOTR’s maturity: “Nine Types of Light feels like the liquefying of a band, ten years and four albums deep, into the soft tenderness of pre-middle-age satisfaction… Here, they return to the earth’s surface, intact, with their eyes open to what’s right in front of their faces. They want to be — and have the chops to be — all kinds of bands. And this album has a there-and-back quality, one they couldn’t have pulled off five years ago.”