Abel Tesfaye's dark, twisted album is at odds with the glossy pop world he's been thrust into
Live Review: TV On The Radio
Maybe that recently announced hiatus is needed...02 Brixton Academy, Monday July 13
Yet it’s hard not to see there are still the odd rays of euphoria here and there. ‘The Wrong Way’ ups the adrenalin levels of a packed, sweltering venue, while ‘Wolf Like Me’ and ‘Satellite’ exemplify the cool ease with which TVOTR can amalgamate Tunde Adebimpe’s soulful, Bowie-esque vocals with David Sitek’s wind chime-happy guitar onslaughts.
The irony of opening ‘Crying’ with a thank-you from Kyp Malone to support band Noisettes isn’t lost on most of the audience, who groan as the trio join TVOTR during their encore of ‘A Method’ to wave maracas and dance around like pixies side of stage.But as final farewells go, tonight lacks the same verve as their show at London’s Cargo last year. Maybe it’s because Sitek is too consumed with his extracurricular production, or because Malone is looking to experiment with new outfit Rain Machine. Perhaps a break is just what they need to recharge those batteries.
The Cavan teenagers attack album two with abandon, largely at the expense of quality
A still-vital John Lydon rages towards retirement on a saucy, scuzzy new album
10 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (26/8/2015)
Oxford's finest flit between gnarly rock and frustrating slickness on an often-brilliant fourth album