Dear Science

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Dear Science
Dear science album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 2008
LabelInterscope (USA and Canada)
Touch and Go (iTunes)
4AD (worldwide)
ProducerDavid Andrew Sitek
TV on the Radio chronology
Return to Cookie Mountain
Dear Science
Nine Types of Light
Singles from Dear Science
  1. "Golden Age"
    Released: August 26, 2008
  2. "Dancing Choose"
    Released: September 9, 2008

Dear Science is the third album by American art rock band TV on the Radio. It was released via Interscope Records in the United States, Touch and Go Records on iTunes and was licensed through 4AD in Europe and all remaining territories.[1] Despite the marketed release date of September 22–23, the album was available for download on the U.S. iTunes Store on September 16, 2008. The vinyl LP also comes with a free MP3 download coupon. Dear Science received near unanimous acclaim from critics and charted worldwide.


Kyp Malone said that the title came from "a note that Dave [Sitek] wrote in the studio that said,

"Dear Science, please start solving problems and curing diseases or shut the fuck up."[2]

In promotion of the album, TV on the Radio was interviewed on the February 9, 2009 episode of The Colbert Report, "Dancing Choose" was performed to end the show.

The song "DLZ" is featured during the 10th episode of season 2 of the drama Breaking Bad and on the 12th episode of Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries.

"Halfway Home" was used in the promotional trailer for Skins series three.

"Dancing Choose" is featured in the video game Tony Hawk: Ride.

The rock band Phish began covering "Golden Age" in 2009.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubA−[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[7]
The Guardian5/5 stars[8]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[9]
MSN Music (Consumer Guide)A[10]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]
Spin4.5/5 stars[14]

Dear Science received rave reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 88, which indicates "universal acclaim", based on 40 reviews. It was named the best album of 2008 by Rolling Stone,[15] The Guardian,[16] Spin,[17] MTV,[18] Entertainment Weekly,[19] the Pitchfork's readers poll,[20] and the Village Voice.[21]

Pitchfork placed Dear Science at number 140 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s,[22] and 6th on their "50 Best Albums of 2008" list.[23] Rolling Stone named it the 48th best album of the decade.[24] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[25]

Remix EP[edit]

In early 2009, a remix EP was announced for release on February 17, although it was delayed until April 14. Read Silence was released exclusively through iTunes and featured remixes of "Shout Me Out", "Red Dress", and "Stork & Owl" by Gang Gang Dance, Jneiro Jarel, and Glitch Mob.[26]

Track listing[edit]

Dear Science
1."Halfway Home"Adebimpe5:31
2."Crying"Malone, Bunton4:10
3."Dancing Choose"Adebimpe, Sitek2:56
4."Stork & Owl"Malone4:01
5."Golden Age"Malone, Sitek4:11
6."Family Tree"Adebimpe5:33
7."Red Dress"Malone, Sitek4:25
8."Love Dog"Adebimpe5:36
9."Shout Me Out"Adebimpe4:15
11."Lover's Day"Malone5:54

Bonus tracks

1."Make Love All Night Long"Malone3:30
2."Heroic Dose" 7:19
3."Dancing Choose (Prefuse 73 Remix)" 3:47
4."Crying (Telepathe Remix)" 4:30
5."Dogs Of Light" 7:05


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Billboard 200 (U.S.) 12
Billboard Top Rock Albums (U.S.) 4
Canadian Albums Chart 26
UK Albums Chart 33
Australian Albums Chart 26

As of 2012, sales in the United States have exceeded 203,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[27] In 2009. It was awarded a gold certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 100,000 copies throughout Europe.[28]


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  2. ^ [2] Retrieved on 5 January 2018
  3. ^ [ "Golden Age" Every Time Played] Retrieved on August 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Reviews for Dear Science, by TV on the Radio". Metacritic. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. "Dear Science – TV on the Radio". AllMusic. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Martins, Chris (September 22, 2008). "TV On The Radio: Dear Science". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (September 17, 2008). "Dear Science". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Simpson, Dave (September 19, 2008). "Rock review: TV On the Radio, Dear Science". The Guardian. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Powers, Ann (September 23, 2008). "New territory for TVOTR". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 2008). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  11. ^ Pattison, Louis (September 17, 2008). "TV On The Radio: Dear Science". NME. Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  12. ^ Dahlen, Chris (September 22, 2008). "TV on the Radio: Dear Science". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  13. ^ Hermes, Will (October 2, 2008). "Dear Science". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  14. ^ Wood, Mikael (October 2008). "Laboratory of Sound". Spin. 24 (10): 101. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  15. ^ [3]
  16. ^ Jonze, Tim (December 12, 2008). "No 1: TV On the Radio – Dear Science". The Guardian. London. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  17. ^ 12.11.08 8:32 am. "The 20 Best Albums of 2008 | 20) GNARLS BARKLEY, THE ODD COUPLE". Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  18. ^ "The Best Albums Of 2008, In Bigger Than The Sound – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  19. ^ "10 Best CDs of 2008: Leah Greenblatt's Picks | Music". Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  20. ^ "Pitchfork: Articles: 2008 Pitchfork Readers Poll". Pitchfork. 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  21. ^ "New York Pazz and Jop". 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  22. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 1, 2009.
  23. ^ "Staff Lists: The 50 Best Albums of 2008". Pitchfork. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
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  25. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (2014). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-2074-6.
  26. ^ "TV on the Radio to Release Remix EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
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