Monday, January 12, 2009

The 10 Best Albums of the Year Cont. -- ACCORDING TO BILLBOARD (critic's choice)

6. TIE:
TV On The Radio - "Dear Science" (Interscope)
Coldplay - "Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends" (Capitol)

The mega-selling British rockers and much-praised Brooklyn buzz band landed with equal force on Billboard's critics' lists this year. TV On The Radio's latest made a whopping eight lists, while Chris Martin and co.'s "Viva La Vida..." drew praise from Executive Director of Content and Programming for Touring Ray Waddell for its "moments of transcendent, melodic beauty and subtle power."

Take Tunde Adebimpe's gritty, eerie vocals; add skidding industrial beats; and top with the heavy orchestrations of producer David Sitek. FULL REVIEW

On their fourth album, the members of Coldplay refract their gazillion-selling pop/rock through a more nuanced lens, drafting producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs to help them craft more diverse, experimental music. FULL REVIEW

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