Television (Television album)

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Television
Studio album by Television
Released 1992
Genre Post-punk
Length 42:40
Label Capitol
Producer Television
Television chronology
The Blow-Up
(1982)
Television
(1992)
Live at the Academy, 1992
(2003)

Television is the eponymous third album by American rock band Television. The album was released in 1992, fourteen years after the band's second studio album and subsequent break up in 1978. A video for "Call Mr. Lee" was filmed and aired on MTV to limited play.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
The New York Times generally favorable[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Television has generally been well-received by critics. Rock critic Robert Christgau wrote "I prefer the more rocking, songful old Television, but it's a tribute to Tom Verlaine's conceptual restlessness and force of personality that in a world where alternative guitar means making noise or mixing and matching from the used bins, these four veterans have regrouped with a distinct new sonic identity. Droll, warm-hearted, sophisticated, cryptic, jazzy yet unjazzlike, they sound like nothing else—except, just a little, old Television".[2] David Fricke of Rolling Stone wrote that "It was worth waiting fifteen years."[4] Milo Miles of The New York Times wrote "Trying to adjust after a long layoff, these musicians have assembled a scaled-down Television, though one with exquisite design details."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Verlaine.

  1. "1880 or So" – 3:41
  2. "Shane, She Wrote This" – 4:21
  3. "In World" – 4:12
  4. "Call Mr. Lee" – 4:16
  5. "Rhyme" – 4:47
  6. "No Glamour for Willi" – 5:00
  7. "Beauty Trip" – 4:22
  8. "The Rocket" – 3:23
  9. "This Tune" – 3:42
  10. "Mars" – 4:56

Personnel[edit]

Television
Technical
  • Vera Beren – production assistance
  • Mario Salvati – engineering, mixing
  • Patrick A. Derivaz – engineering assistance
  • Joe Brescio – mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Television – Television | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Television". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Miles, Milo (October 11, 1992). "Recordings Review; Scaled Down, Television Returns". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Fricke, David (October 29, 1992). "[Television review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 23, 2014. 

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