Never pulling the same trick twice, TVOTR steers away from the experimental futuristic-funk of their 2006 “Return to Cookie Mountain” and 2008’s “Dear Science.” After a hiatus of over a year, members Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe and Dave Sitek had a chance to tackle individual solo projects to add a more mellow mood of cosmic soul, falsetto and psychedelic sound. For the first time, this Brooklyn art-funk band recorded a CD outside the borough of their birth in L.A. With tracks such as “Keep Your Heart,” it wanders from one looped element to another and climaxes into an organic and purely vocal experiment. It just so happens that every new sonic wardrobe TVOTR donned was as lovely as the one before and maybe a bit more gentle. Even so, TV on the Radio are very much still here.
Rating: 7.8 of 10