September 4, 2003

Test Spin: TV on the Radio

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The extended player, more commonly known as the EP, is by nature one of the greatest frustrations of music commerce. It’s short, nearly as expensive as a proper album, and usually consists of scraps that didn’t make the LP. Most merely serve as previews to full-lengths and present a Heller-worthy predicament: (a) if it peaks your curiosity, you buy the LP, and the EP either wastes valuable shelf space or ends up in the used bin at the record shop, or (b) if it disappoints, it might succeed in preventing you from purchasing the LP, but you still have a dud on your hands.

The Young Liars EP by TV On the Radio is indeed a frustration, but not for the usual reasons. This here is a tease: an appetizer not followed by an entr