TV On The Radio: Young Liars | Review

Artist: TV On The Radio
Album: Young Liars
Year: 2003
Genre: Indie Rock

Haven’t been listening to too much “Indie Rock/Pop” music lately and it’s simply because nothing’s really been tickling my fancy. I went into this record excited to listen to it for multiple reasons:

  • 1. It was released on Touch & Go Records, a record company that I can usually trust.
  • 2. It’s an earlier TVotR release; from what I’ve heard (Return to Cookie Mountain, Dear Science, half of Nine Types of Light), I’m pretty sure I like the band’s earlier output more than their latter.
  • 3. It got rated well on allmusic and pitchfork. Yeah yeah make fun of me but an 8.9 from Pitchfork circa 2003 (and for an EP!) usually means I’ll like it.
  • 4. It has a Pixies cover.

So after listening to it a few times, I can confidently say that it is indeed an extremely solid EP. For five songs, it kept me interested for all of its 25 minutes. Not much to say about it except that it’s incredibly consistent and has a very cool-yet-not-cocky demeanor. The first track Satellite is a clear example of this – the pulsating bass chugging along with the drums (and soon thereafter the heavily reverbed guitar and flute) allow for an awesome backdrop for Tunde’s vocal, which are always on point. The mixing on the song is fantastic and I really love the quiet, crackling guitar solo-ish 2/3 into the song that shows up in the right monitor. Staring at the Sun is a classic and is better than the LP version in my opinion. The wall of sound in the second half of Young Liars is nice and Blind is simply a great song. The doo wop version of Mr. Grieves is cool and really pleasant though I probably won’t ever listen to it more than a few times. In general, I’m not too big on this type of music at the moment but it was definitely a nice listen. 7/10

Rating or Recommendation: If you like TVotR or Indie Rock with soulful melodies, just check it out. It’s only 25 minutes anyway.

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