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  • Summary: Brooklyn art-rockers TV On The Radio make their full-length debut with this release. The trio consists of vocalist/animator Tunde Adebimpe, multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek (who produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs debut) and guitarist Kyp Malone.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. It's that very rare thing: a totally fresh--and utterly engaging--sound. [Listen 2 This supplement, Mar 2004, p.12]
  2. TVOTR splurge slabs of strange sound into almost freeform structures that draw on jazz sensibilities, alt-rock peculiarities and the whole NYC infatuation with cool.
  3. To their considerable credit, TVoTR don't run out of innovation before they run out of songs, so even "Wear You Out"'s final minutes, during which a flute, a sax and various oscillating tones bang away at each other, are inventive and enticing.
  4. It's this eclectic intensity which makes TV On The Radio such a vital prospect. [5 Jun 2004, p.55]
  5. The Young Liars EP was as fully realized as all the critics suggested, yet now, TV on the Radio sound like a work in progress. Still, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes shows more strengths than mistakes.
  6. Their initial EP documented a band that sounded ready to take on the world – but the follow up just shows that the journey may take longer than expected.
  7. Unfortunately, many of the tunes wear out their welcome, overextending a single inspired idea. [Apr 2004, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. HankW
    May 1, 2006
  2. hart
    Feb 20, 2005
    Best album of the year.
  3. NaderG
    Aug 17, 2005
    Fucking incredible album. No guff!
  4. hb
    Apr 6, 2004
    Thsi is a great album. Not as good, though, as their live show. These guys have serious talent.
  5. KentonL
    Feb 4, 2005
    Rising out of the slagheap of contemporary indie rock, this ain't no Hoobastank all the way to the bank. . .TV On The Radio are totally unique, with their moody atmospherics and left hooks to the brainpan. I guess you could call it art rock, but this ain't no Peter Gabriel lamb lying down on Broadway. Maybe Sun Ra on a one off with Roxy Music and Can. Whatever it is--or isn't--TV On The Radio is probably the best band ever to come straight outta Brooklyn! Expand
  6. Mar 27, 2011
    Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes may not be TV On The Radio's best work to date, but it is nevertheless a great album. Every track sounds more and more different from the previous track. It mixes electronic with Doo-Wop Punk Jazz Fusion. "Staring At The Sun" is the stand out track on this record. It's a brilliant song. All In All, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes is a great album. B+ Collapse
  7. vcbnmrwea
    Mar 6, 2004
    I bought this crap expecting to get a free tv. Instead I got a free radio that plays tv. It also dosns't have Thisrty Babs!

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