Note: With Dear Science being released today, I thought I’d share my review of Return to Cookie Mountain that I wrote for Marquette Radio when it was released.
Melding facets of post-rock, electronic, and downright art-rock, TV On The Radio returns with their major label debut, Return to Cookie Mountain (Touch and Go Records, 2006). Quelling skepticism brought by the jump from an independent label to a major, TV On The Radio retains their creative integrity focused on a mélange of unconventional instrumentals and soulful, soaring vocals. As in their previous album, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (Touch and Go Records, 2004), topics pertain to politics and despair in life, seeking out hope and resolutions. Tonight, like nearly every track, carves its own niche supported by wind chimes and Tunde Adepimbe’s crooning lyrics “My mind is like an orchard / clustered in frozen portraits / blossoms that bloom so fine, just to drop from the vine.” Although not as innovative as Desperate Youth, Cookie Mountain distinctively reinforces their vision of artistic indie rock.