Things You Can Do

Return to Cookie Mountain
TV on the Radio
Released July 6, 2006
Genre Art rock, indie rock, alternative rock
Length 56:10
Label 4AD (worldwide)
Interscope/Touch and Go (US / Canada)
Producer David Andrew Sitek
TV on the Radio chronology

Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Return to Cookie Mountain
Dear Science
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (A)[2]
The Boston Phoenix 3.5/4 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
NME (9/10)[7]
Pitchfork Media (9.1/10)[8]
PopMatters (7/10)[9]
Robert Christgau A−[10]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[11]

Return to Cookie Mountain is the second studio album by American art rock group TV on the Radio. It was released July 6, 2006 worldwide by 4AD, and issued in the U.S. and Canada on September 12, 2006 by Interscope Records and Touch and Go Recordings. However, an unmastered version of the album surfaced on the internet in early 2006. The North American release features three bonus tracks, two of which are B-sides from the single "Wolf Like Me"; the other is a remix of "Hours" by El-P. Videos were made for the singles "Wolf Like Me" and "Province".

The album may be a play on the names of both the 1978 Disney film Return From Witch Mountain and the Cookie Mountain level of Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

The album featured several notable guest vocalists: "Province" features backing vocals from David Bowie, who championed the band's full-length debut, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. Katrina Ford of the band Celebration guests on "Wolf Like Me", "Let the Devil In" and "Blues from Down Here". Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead sings on "Hours".

Return to Cookie Mountain earned overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, and was named the album of the year by Spin for 2006, leading to the band's appearance on the magazine's cover. The album was ranked #2 on Pitchfork Media's list of Top 50 Albums of 2006.[12] Rolling Stone, Slant Magazine, and Stylus Magazine each named the album as the 4th best of 2006, and the album is ranked fifth on Metacritic's year-end list. In 2009, Rhapsody ranked the album at #8 on its "100 Best Albums of the Decade" list.[13]

Track listing

  1. "I Was a Lover" (Kyp Malone, David Andrew Sitek) – 4:21
  2. "Hours" (Tunde Adebimpe) – 3:55
  3. "Province" (Malone, Sitek) – 4:37
  4. "Playhouses" (Malone) – 5:11
  5. "Wolf Like Me" (Adebimpe) – 4:39
  6. "A Method" (Adebimpe) – 4:25
  7. "Let the Devil In" (Malone) – 4:27
  8. "Dirtywhirl" (Adebimpe) – 4:15
  9. "Blues from Down Here" (Malone) – 5:17
  10. "Tonight" (Adebimpe) – 6:53
  11. "Wash the Day" (Malone, Sitek, Adebimpe) – 8:08
  12. [silence]
  1. "Untitled" - 1:44

U.S. bonus tracks

  1. "Snakes and Martyrs" (Malone) – 4:07
  2. "Hours (El-P Remix)" (Adebimpe) – 4:26
  3. "Things You Can Do" (Adebimpe, Sitek) – 5:26


"I Was a Lover"

  • Vocals – Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe
  • Samples, guitars, bass – Dave Sitek
  • Piano – Gerard Smith
  • Drums – Jaleel Bunton
  • Samples "Teardrop" by Massive Attack


  • Vocals – Tunde Adebimpe, Kazu Makino
  • Drums, guitars, piano – Jaleel Bunton
  • Bass, organ – Gerard Smith
  • Flute – Dave Sitek
  • Cello – Jeremy Wilms


  • Vocals – Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe, David Bowie
  • Sampler, guitars, bass, keys – Dave Sitek
  • Drums – Jaleel Bunton
  • Piano – Gerard Smith


  • Vocals – Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe, Omega "C Taylor" Moon
  • Drums – Jaleel Bunton
  • Sampler, guitars – Dave Sitek

"Wolf Like Me"

  • Vocals – Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Katrina Ford
  • Drums – Jaleel Bunton
  • Bass, guitar – Kyp Malone
  • Guitar, samples, synth – Dave Sitek
  • Guitar – Jaleel Bunton
  • Baritone saxophone – Martin Perna

"A Method"

  • Vocals – Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone
  • Samples, keys, synth – Dave Sitek
  • Percussion – Jaleel Bunton, Tunde Adebimpe

"Let the Devil In"

This track includes extended samples from Lou Reed's 1975 noise album Metal Machine Music during the verses.

  • Vocals – Kyp Malone, Katrina Ford, Tunde Adebimpe
  • Choir – Jaleel Bunton, Akwetey & Aku Orraca-Tetteh, Devang Shah, Aaron Aites, Tunde Adebimpe, Gerard Smith
  • Samples – Dave Sitek
  • Drums – Jaleel Bunton
  • Percussion – Akwetey, Aku, Devang Shah (Dragons of Zynth)
  • Guitar, bass – Kyp Malone


  • Vocals – Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone
  • Guitar, bass – Gerard Smith
  • Drums, Rhodes – Jaleel Bunton
  • Sample, synth – Dave Sitek

"Blues from Down Here"

  • Vocals – Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe, Katrina Ford, Shanina Robinson
  • Drums – Jaleel Bunton
  • Samples, guitars, synth – Dave Sitek
  • Guitar – Kyp Malone
  • Horns – Martin Perna, Chris Taylor
  • Bass Harmonica, Bass Clarinet – Stuart D. Bogie
  • Horn arrangement – Chris Taylor


  • Vocals – Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone
  • Guitar, percussion – Jaleel Bunton
  • Magic – Dave Sitek
  • Clarinet – Chris Taylor

"Wash the Day Away"

  • Vocals – Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe
  • Drums – Jaleel Bunton
  • Guitar, bass, synth – Dave Sitek
  • Electric sitar – Gerard Smith


External links

  • Metacritic
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