Seeds

Seeds

by TV on the Radio

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Overview

Arriving three years after the mellow Nine Types of Light -- and the death of bassist Gerard Smith, who succumbed to lung cancer just days after the album's release -- Seeds has a palpable sense of moving on for TV on the Radio. Sonically, it's crisper and clearer than ever before; songs like the beautiful ballad "Test Pilot" use this clarity to prove, once again, that TV on the Radio fuse indie and R&B more genuinely than many of the acts that sprang up during their hiatus. Though they rein in their trademark lushness ever so slightly, it doesn't diminish their sound's magnitude; instead, it adds an urgency that feels even more pointed after Nine Types' hazy reveries. Similarly, that album's philosophical tone continues on Seeds, with the band confronting loss directly on the album's first half and accepting it on the second. TV on the Radio are often at their most compelling when they're grappling with something, and album opener "Quartz" -- on which Tunde Adebimpe asks "How hard must we try?" -- showcases them in all their frustrated glory. Likewise, that songs as emotionally opposed as "Could You," where Kyp Malone wonders about being able to love again, and "Happy Idiot," where Adebimpe willfully numbs himself to the pain, are both triumphs is another testament to the band's complexity. Seeds' first half is so strong that it's not surprising that it sags by comparison a little later. To be fair, it's harder to write uplifting and empowering songs that don't sound trite, and TV on the Radio manage more than a few: the anthemic "Ride," the fired-up "Winter," and the furious rocker "Lazerray" all deliver far more than platitudes. Just when it feels like things might be too relentlessly positive, the band injects some welcome ambiguity into "Trouble"'s refrain of "Everything's gonna be OK," letting it teeter between reassurance and uncertainty. By the time the title track closes the album with the promise of rebirth, TV on the Radio's reinvention as survivors is complete. At its best, Seeds is a fine tribute to Smith and the sound of enduring unimaginable loss.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2014
Label: Harvest
UPC: 0602537855902
catalogNumber: 785590
Rank: 124593

Album Credits

Performance Credits

TV on the Radio   Primary Artist
Kelis   Background Vocals
David Andrew Sitek   Percussion,Keyboards,Sampling
Tunde Adebimpe   Vocals,Loops
Kyp Malone   Vocals
Jaleel Bunton   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Todd Simon   Trumpet
Daniel Ledinsky   Vocals
Dave Smoota Smith   Trombone
Kittie Harloe   Vocals

Technical Credits

Joshua White   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
TV on the Radio   Composer
David Andrew Sitek   Composer,Producer
Tunde Adebimpe   Composer,Art Direction
Kyp Malone   Composer
Julian Gross   Art Direction,Cover Design,Cover Art
Jaleel Bunton   Composer
Marcus Killian   Composer
Zeph Sowers   Engineer
Chris Kasych   Engineer
Erik Hassle   Composer
Daniel Ledinsky   Composer
Kathryn Guerra   Composer

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