Nine Types of Light

On 2008's Dear Science, these Brooklyn artistes brought twitchy dance rock with an apocalyptic edge. Well, the end of all things must've been pretty bitchin', because the follow-up is pure heaven. "I'm optimistic, on overload," they sing. TVOTR's most accessible disc rolls out grand alt-rock and thwumping future funk that's warm and grabby — from the arena-Pixies "Caffeinated Consciousness" to the Prince-ly "New Cannonball Blues." Vocalists Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone still have capitalist enslavement and environmental chaos on the brain. But even the song that goes, "Beverly Hills, nuclear winter/What should we wear and who's for dinner?" has a gorgeous whistled refrain.

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From The Archives Issue 1128: April 14, 2011