Release date: October 2008
Dear Science is the third album by American art rock band TV on the Radio. It was released via Interscope Records in the United States, and was licensed through 4AD in Europe and all remaining territories. Despite the marketed release date of September 22–23, the album was available for download on the U.S. iTunes Store on September 16, 2008. The vinyl LP also comes with a free MP3 download coupon.
Kyp Malone said that the title came from "a note that Dave Sitek wrote in the studio that said, "Dear Science, please start solving problems and curing diseases or shut the fuck up."
The album received near unanimous acclaim from critics and charted worldwide. Dear Science was named the best album of 2008 by Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Spin, MTV, Entertainment Weekly, the Pitchfork Media's readers poll, and the Village Voice. Pitchfork Media placed Dear Science at number 140 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s, and 6th on their "50 Best Albums of 2008" list.
In early 2009, a remix EP was announced for release on February 17, although it was delayed until April 14. Read Silence was released exclusively through iTunes and featured remixes of "Shout Me Out", "Red Dress", and "Stork & Owl" by Gang Gang Dance, Jneiro Jarel, and Glitch Mob.