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Nine Types of Light
★★★★
Interscope

Jon Dolan May 03, 2011
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Nine Types of Light
★★★★
Interscope

On 2008’s Dear Science, these Brooklyn artistes brought twitchy dance rock with an apocalyptic edge. Well, the end of all things must’ve been pretty bitchin’, because the follow-up is pure heaven. “I’m optimistic, on overload,” they sing. TVOTR’s most accessible disc rolls out grand alt-rock and thwumping future funk that’s warm and grabby ”“ from the arena-Pixies ”˜Caffeinated Consciousness’ to the Prince-ly ”˜New Cannonball Blues.’ Vocalists Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone still have capitalist enslavement and environmental chaos on the brain. But even the song that goes, “Beverly Hills, nuclear winter/What should we wear and who’s for dinner?” has a gorgeous whistled refrain.

Key Tracks: ”˜New Cannonball Blues,’ ”˜Will Do’

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