Nine Types of Light kinda sounds like TV on the Radio, with its swooning melodies, layered harmonies, and strange poetry. But their fourth album is brighter and more hopeful, setting aside the ominous tones typically twisted within the abrasive textures of their work. "Keep Your Heart" comes off like a lullaby, while "Killer Crane" glides through its verses before stumbling into the banjo-driven choruses. But they occasionally avoid the overall uplift. "No Future Shock" is a condemning anthem, and "New Cannonball Blues" sounds like something a hipster stripper might swipe for her next dance. It's nice to hear the band this light, without layers of scratchy industrial noise and with newfound restraint. — Adam Burroughs
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