Although they just released Nine Types Of Light, I haven’t listened to that album enough to pass judgement (so far I like it). However, I wanted to direct your attention to their previous studio album from 2008, Dear Science.
Dear Science, in a word, is a masterpiece. From the opening pounding rhythms of Halfway Home to the closing triumphant strains of Lover’s Day, it makes me grin. Big, stupid face-splitting grins. Billed as “Art Rock”, TVotR is a fantastic mix of funk, soul, R&B, and good old rock ’n roll. Heck, there’s even a hint of disco in there. Anyone who can listen to the chorus of Dancing Choose without at the very least tapping their toes is dead inside (and dead to me). Even when they slow it down, as they do with Family Tree or DLZ, the hooks are fantastic, and practically demand that you just put the album on repeat.
If you like this, I highly recommend Return To Cookie Mountain, Young Liars, and Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. Each one has multiple songs that won’t leave your brain for days.