TV On The Radio : New Health Rock
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Now, production credits with Liars and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs plus a drummer that sounds like a drum machine plus krautpop leanings plus bald member should, according to all natural laws of rockular physics, equal the punk-funk Garbage. But Brooklyn’s TV On The Radio offer something far more chilling and sinister than a ginger Scotswoman fallen headfirst into a bucket of eyeliner. On ‘New Health Rock’ they float Joy Division-shaped thunderclouds over a P-funk beach barbecue, creating a thumbscrew uneasiness through the ominous triptych of Curtis, Kraftwerk and, um, Kool & The Gang. Add the fact that singer Tunde Adebimpe’s hair looks as if it’s about to leap off his head and claw your face off and Kyp Malone’s backing vocals sound like Prince deformed by helium-lust into some sort of Gollum creature, and you’ve got a nail-gnawing, tongue-chewing, eyeball-spasming comedown classic; as razor-sharp as a sunlight in dilated pupils, as edgy as 11am raps on a pub front door, as ‘chilled’ as a cocaine heart attack, healthy as hypertension.
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