Dear Science

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Dear Science
Dear science album cover.jpg
Studio album by TV on the Radio
Released September 22, 2008
Genre Art rock, indie rock, alternative rock
Length 50:21
Label Interscope (USA and Canada)
Touch and Go (iTunes)
4AD (worldwide)
Producer David Andrew Sitek
TV on the Radio chronology
Return to Cookie Mountain
Dear Science
Nine Types of Light
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 3/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[6]
NME 8/10[7]
Pitchfork Media 9.2/10[8]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 4.5/5 stars[10]

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.[11] 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."[12]

In promotion of the album, TV on the Radio was interviewed on the February 9, 2009 episode of The Colbert Report, where "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" 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.[13]

Critical response[edit]

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,[14] The Guardian,[15] Spin,[16] MTV,[17] Entertainment Weekly,[18] the Pitchfork Media's readers poll,[19] and the Village Voice.[20] Pitchfork Media placed Dear Science at number 140 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s,[21] and 6th on their "50 Best Albums of 2008" list.[22] Rolling Stone named it the 48th best album of the decade.[23]

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.[24]

Track listing[edit]

Dear Science
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Halfway Home"   Adebimpe 5:31
2. "Crying"   Malone, Bunton 4:10
3. "Dancing Choose"   Adebimpe, Sitek 2:56
4. "Stork & Owl"   Malone 4:01
5. "Golden Age"   Malone, Sitek 4:11
6. "Family Tree"   Adebimpe 5:33
7. "Red Dress"   Malone, Sitek 4:25
8. "Love Dog"   Adebimpe 5:36
9. "Shout Me Out"   Adebimpe 4:15
10. "DLZ"   Adebimpe 3:48
11. "Lover's Day"   Malone 5:54

Bonus tracks

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Make Love All Night Long"   Malone 3:30
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


  1. ^ Dear Science at AllMusic
  2. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Entertainment weekly review
  5. ^ The Guardian review
  6. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  7. ^ NME review
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review
  10. ^ Spin Magazine review
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ Del, John (2008-09-23). "Kyp Malone, TV on the Radio". Gothamist. 
  13. ^ [ "Golden Age" Every Time Played] Retrieved on August 11, 2011.
  14. ^ [3]
  15. ^ Jonze, Tim (December 12, 2008). "No 1: TV On the Radio – Dear Science". The Guardian (London). Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  16. ^ 12.11.08 8:32 am. "The 20 Best Albums of 2008 | 20) GNARLS BARKLEY, THE ODD COUPLE". Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  17. ^ "The Best Albums Of 2008, In Bigger Than The Sound – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  18. ^ "10 Best CDs of 2008: Leah Greenblatt's Picks | Music". Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  19. ^ "Pitchfork: Articles: 2008 Pitchfork Readers Poll". 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  20. ^ "New York Pazz and Jop". 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  21. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  22. ^ "Staff Lists: The 50 Best Albums of 2008". Pitchfork. 2008-12-19. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ "TV on the Radio to Release Remix EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 

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