Nine Types of Light

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Nine Types of Light
Studio album by TV on the Radio
Released April 11, 2011 (2011-04-11)
Genre Art rock, indie rock, funk
Length 43:40
Label Interscope
TV on the Radio chronology
Dear Science
(2008)
Nine Types of Light
(2011)
Seeds
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club A[2]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
The Independent 2/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[7]
NME 8/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]

Nine Types of Light is the fourth studio album by American art rock band TV on the Radio, released on April 11, 2011. The band released "Will Do", a song from the album, on February 23.[11] Another song, "Caffeinated Consciousness", was made available for free download on March 10, 2011.[12] Nine Types of Light was very well received by critics and has a "Universal Acclaim" rating of 82 at aggregating website Metacritic.[13] It is the final TV on the Radio album to feature bassist Gerard Smith, who died of lung cancer nine days after Nine Types of Light was released.

Film[edit]

The band created an accompanying film to go with the album, an hourlong visual companion that offers music videos for all of Nine Types of Light's tracks. Packaged with a deluxe version of the CD, the film also exists on YouTube in its entirety.[14] Characterized by eclectic visual style and thematic content as well as TV on the Radio's diverse, unique sound, the film allows for a different interpretation and method of experiencing the album. Directed by singer Tunde Adebimpe (with different directors helming the individual clips, see below for list), the film also features interviews with a variety of New Yorkers discussing topics including dreams, love, fame, and the future. A humorous epilogue, set to the song "You" and featuring the band members meeting for lunch ten years after a fictional breakup, concludes the film. Overall, the work can be seen as Afrofuturistic, particularly the video for "Will Do," which incorporates virtual-reality technology to tell a unique love story starring Adebimpe and Joy Bryant.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Second Song" – 4:22
  2. "Keep Your Heart" – 5:43
  3. "You" – 4:05
  4. "No Future Shock" – 4:03
  5. "Killer Crane" – 6:15
  6. "Will Do" – 3:46
  7. "New Cannonball Blues" – 4:34
  8. "Repetition" – 3:46
  9. "Forgotten" – 3:40
  10. "Caffeinated Consciousness" – 3:21
Deluxe version
  1. "All Falls Down" – 4:55
  2. "Will Do" (Switch Remix) – 5:20
  3. "Will Do" (XXXChange Dancehall Mix) – 3:45
iTunes version
  1. "Troubles" (bonus track) – 3:04
Film[15][16]
  1. "Caffeinated Consciousness" – dir. Tim Nackashi – 02:27
  2. "Second Song" – dir. Michael Please – 05:46
  3. "New Cannonball Blues" – dir. Maya Erdelyi – 11:05
  4. "No Future Shock" – dir. Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis – 15:11
  5. "Repetition" – dir. Johnerick Lawson – 19:38
  6. "Will Do" – dir. Dugan O'Neal – 24:48
  7. "Keep Your Heart" – dir. Petro Papahadjopoulos – 28:29
  8. "Forgotten" – dir. Tunde Adebimpe – 34:09
  9. "Killer Crane" – dir. TV on the Radio & Dano Cerny – 39:26
  10. "You" – dir. Barney Clay – 49:17
  11. "Dragon Backwards" – dir. Tim Nackashi, Tunde Adebimpe & Jaleel Bunton – 59:09

Personnel[edit]

TV on the Radio
Additional musicians
  • Priscilla Ahn – background vocals
  • Stuart Bogie – horn
  • Peter Hess – horn
  • Dan Huron – percussion
  • Michael Irwin – horn
  • Kevin Moehringer – horn
  • Gillian Rivers – strings
  • Todd Simon – horn
  • Kenny Wang – strings (viola)
  • Lauren Weaver – strings
Production
Design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phares, Heather (2011-04-12). "Nine Types of Light – TV on the Radio". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  2. ^ O'Neal, Sean (2011-04-12). "TV On The Radio: Nine Types Of Light". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Turn It Up: Album review: TV on the Radio, 'Nine Types of Light'". Leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Paul Simon/TV on the Radio – msn". Social.entertainment.msn.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  5. ^ Tim Jonze (2011-04-07). "TV on the Radio: Nine Types of Light – review – The". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Album: TV on the Radio, Nine Types Of Light (Fiction)". London: Independent.co.uk. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  7. ^ Album review: TV on the Radio's 'Nine Types of Light' – Los Angeles Times
  8. ^ "TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light (Interscope)". Nme.com. 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Album Reviews: TV on the Radio: Nine Types of Light". Pitchfork. 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  10. ^ Jon Dolan (2011-04-12). "Nine Types of Light by TV On The Radio | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  11. ^ Gaston, Peter (February 23, 2011). "Listen: New TV on the Radio Song!". Spin. Spin Media. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 11, 2011). "New TV on the Radio: "Caffeinated Consciousness"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Critic Reviews for Nine Types of Light at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  14. ^ "TV On The Radio - Nine Types of Light". YouTube. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  15. ^ "WATCH IT: TV On The Radio "Nine Types Of Light" (various dir.)". VideoStatic. 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  16. ^ "TV On The Radio: Nine Types of Light | My Site". Directorsnotes.com. Retrieved 2013-06-24.