Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone's voices are front and centre, soaring through choruses few felt the band were capable of, let alone interested in, writing. The shift is deliberate; reportedly, there was a host of material to choose from and this is the direction in which band members wanted to head. Adebimpe and producer/multi-instrumentalist Dave Sitek even brought in several outside songwriters — including Swedish singer-songwriter Erik Hassle and Flo-Rida collaborator Marcus Killian — to hammer their compositions into shape. Unsurprisingly, Seeds is also TV on the Radio's least experimental record.
On paper, this sounds like a cynical career move, but the group haven't lost their idiosyncratic charm. The songs are less busy than in the past, but in dialling back the noise, Sitek emphasizes the groove — something the band never get enough credit for — and magnifies small details, turning songs like "Could You" into towering, soulful anthems.
Seeds is sublime catharsis after the group's tragic loss and a perfect distillation of what the band do best. It's a rare record that serves as an entry point for newcomers while rewarding old fans who've stuck by them since the beginning. (Harvest)