Best Albums of 2008: #11: TV On the Radio: Dear Science
11. TV On the Radio: Dear Science
As I get higher up the list, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to really say anything about these albums that hasn’t already been said.
Dear Science has everything that I love about this band—borrowed styles synthesized to perfection, evoking a mixture of several decades, converging space, time, and aesthetics in a way that is entirely fresh, entirely theirs. TV on the Radio is a band that is only made possible by the historical moment they occupy, and this album is a product of the forces of the universe that made this year what it is. This year was not tired noise, it was not repetitive or without surprises. It was melodious, complex. It reverberated and left an uneasy aftertaste, only to be washed away by the clarity of its end.
Best of 2008: #12: Mount Eerie: Lost Wisdom
Best of 2008: #13: Cloud Cult: Feel Good Ghosts
Best of 2008: #14: Ratatat: LP3
Best of 2008: #15: The Submarines: Honeysuckle Weeks
Best of 2008: #16: Grand Archives: S/T
Best of 2008: #17: Yelle: Pop-up
Best of 2008: #18: Parenthetical Girls: Entanglements
Best of 2008: #19: The Gaslight Anthem- The '59 Sound
Best of 2008: #20: Billy Bragg- Mr. Love and Justice
Best of 2008: Intro