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.
Listen to “Will Do”: