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‘Nine Types Of Light’ was the record that made Dave Sitek’s mob one of the best bands in 
the world, rather than simply one of the most revered by people for whom ‘lost weekend’ means watching Suuns at an ATP three-dayer. Slingshotting straight into it after his fun-funk solo album as Maximum Balloon, the sense of Sitek actually having a laugh making music – rarely present in TVOTR’s previous stuff – duly shone through. Amid brassy bursts and ‘Screamadelica’ pianos (‘Second Song’), their typically stunning harmonising reached new levels of gospel holiness (‘Keep Your Heart’) and they could still, in ‘Will Do’, smack a heart for six with an out-of-nowhere twinkle-thud of a song so downbeat and beautiful it should, in a just world, replace Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels’ as the national funeral ditty of choice. JF


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