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TV on the Radio

Although the Radio crew's talent is well established, the band's music has always raised user-friendliness questions: Sure, 2006's Return to Cookie Mountain was excellent, but did anyone other than rock critics listen to it? Dear Science tackles this conundrum head on, upping the accessibility quotient without smacking of sell-out desperation. "Crying," for instance, uses a shuffling dance beat, a burbling bass line, funky guitar and a Tunde Adebimpe vocal that shifts beguilingly into falsetto at the best possible moments — a tack that also distinguishes the coolly insinuating "Golden Age." Other tracks, including "Dancing Choose," will present greater challenges to the uninitiated, but they're hardly unapproachable. The result is a disc that should please fans even as it induces more people to tune in to TV on the Radio.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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