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TV on the Radio 

Return to Cookie Mountain

Originally a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, trio proselytizing with studio-smudged indie-rock spirituals, TV on the Radio is now a fidgety quintet. TVoTR's previous, baptismal recordings were at times as dusty as impassioned. Cookie Mountain -- so far a UK-only release -- sounds crisp and intimate.

Producer Dave Sitek has reamped his affected analogs above a blunted skronk, and darts overdriven details beneath the supple vocal harmonies of Tunde and Kyp. The band's more linear recent efforts are less about mere voice and more about actual words. In September 2005, TVoTR released "Dry Drunk Emperor," a free download criticizing the country's ineffectual leadership. Cookie Mountain tracks such as "Wolf Like Me" delve further into themes of lost control, transformation, power and impotence simultaneously -- all while exhibiting TVoTR's increased handle on dovetailed, vitalized sonics. 4 stars.

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