- Record Label: Touch & Go
- Release Date: Mar 9, 2004
- 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.
- Record Label: Touch & Go
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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|Staring At the Sun|
|Cross the street from your storefront cemetery Hear me hailing from inside and realize, I I am the conscience clear In pain or ecstasy And we were...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 25 out of 29
Mixed: 4 out of 29
Negative: 0 out of 29
Entertainment WeeklyIt's that very rare thing: a totally fresh--and utterly engaging--sound. [Listen 2 This supplement, Mar 2004, p.12]
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.
TV On The Radio's ace is Adebimpe, whose urgent vocal performance sounds slyly bluesy and in sync with his and Sitek's dense urban soundscapes.
UncutWhat's most frightening is that, mighty as Desperate Youth... is, their real stone killer is probably yet to come. [Jul 2004, p.100]
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.
There are some amazing songs on Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, but overall it still feels like a transition[al] release of a group really trying to nail things.
Alternative PressUnfortunately, many of the tunes wear out their welcome, overextending a single inspired idea. [Apr 2004, p.88]
Positive: 19 out of 21
Mixed: 0 out of 21
Negative: 2 out of 21
HankWMay 1, 2006Incredible
hartFeb 20, 2005Best album of the year.
NaderGAug 17, 2005Fucking incredible album. No guff!
hbApr 6, 2004Thsi is a great album. Not as good, though, as their live show. These guys have serious talent.
KentonLFeb 4, 2005Rising 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 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
Mar 27, 2011Desperate 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 soundsDesperate 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+… Expand
vcbnmrweaMar 6, 2004I 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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