TV On The Radio
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
By Shane HandlerApril 02, 2004
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, is the full length debut from Brooklyn’s artsy collaborative -TV On The Radio. By making music out of a bit of everything, with the assistance of loops galore, this trippy three-piece meld woozy break beats with cryptic energy that hits hard in the originality department. Leader Tunde Adelbimpe’s artsy voice sounds a bit Peter Gabriel with his poetically oblique lyrics while he sheds light on the dark side with his psychedelic soul vocals. From the doo-wop wrapped in despair hymn of "Ambulance" to the electric riffing of "Poppy," TV on the Radio are certainly interesting, yet the album as a whole is a disjointed listen. Its mix of styles and tempos fail to truly capture the feelings of defeat expressed in the mournful vocals.