The most engaging film characters have likeable qualities that conflict with something that's inherently hard to stomach. Brooklyn's TV on the Radio masterfully employ this tension in Dear Science, - apparently their major breakthrough album. Similar to their two previous records, it has little rejoicing lyrically; it's mostly unease and disaffected sentiment. But this time the words don't bring down the music or, in the case of Return To Cookie Mountain, the music doesn't go in a different direction.
Maybe it's the expanded rhythm palette or added umph of so many horns and strings, but Dear Science, feels high-spirited even when singer Tunde Adebimpe ruminates soulfully on distress on the moody shuffle Shout Me Out. Kyp Malone presides over funkier tracks like the Talking Heads-inspired Red Dress.