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Editors’ Notes

Thom Yorke is a naturally gifted vocalist whose acapella can lift any melody to stratospheric heights and when his group turns down the volume and settles into a subdued groove (“Nude, “ “Weird Fishes/ Arpeggie”), the result is a surreal new age vibe where what could be sterile, slick tones are infused with touches of extreme emotionalism. There is always a sense of danger lurking in the guitars and keyboards; storm clouds frequently gather by mid-song.

Customer Reviews

Bliss In Rainbows…sui generis

Genius. Profound. Mesmerizing. Euphoric. Ethereal. Beautiful. Wicked. I am so in love with “In Rainbows”…I’ve had it since the band’s own release and I’ve listened to it endlessly over the past few months. I must say that if you are just now getting it via iTunes…well, you are very patient and honestly, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. This album enriches your music listening life like you wouldn’t believe. This is the most talented, creative, innovative, sonorous band on the planet. I’ve adored them from their start and while no song on this album sounds like any other song they have written, you can truly observe the amazing spectrum of all of their albums and sounds. It’s such an incredible fusion and masterful layering of instrumentation and voice(s); there’s a sense of great comfort and ease here; the lyrics are incredible. It’s all groundbreaking yet again and that’s no surprise. Each and every track is literally a favourite and a beacon (‘highlight’ is too meagre a word.) From wicked ’15 Step’, ‘Bodysnatchers’ (love love love the guitars, especially Jonny’s solo, I’m addicted to it), ‘Reckoner’…holy everything: guitars, drums, cymbals, strings, Thom’s voice, the lyrics; to the mellower, non-sappy but romantic ‘All I Need’ (just breathtaking) and ‘House of Cards’ (as fragile as it sounds, paired with the most upbeat music that’s impossible not to feel good to…and his lovely, lovely voice); the vulnerable, confessional of ‘Nude’ and ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.’ ‘Jigsaw Falling Into Place’—brilliant sound, story and the boys in vocal back up; ‘Faust Arp’, more spare and just awesome. Finally, the heartbreaking, grieving ‘Videotape’…it really does not get much better (Thom’s solo of this is here in iTunes videos if you haven’t checked it out.) The latest delight for me is "In Rainbows Disc 2" which just arrived…beg, borrow…get your hands on this. I want to say that they cannot further floor me, but I do anticipate that they will so I wasn’t surprised that Disc 2 did just that: Mk 1 (prelude to ‘Videotape’?) & Mk 2 are instrumentals, short and interesting. ‘Down Is The New Up’…the song is epic, there’s so much going on instrumentally and vocally, I can’t even begin to describe it. ‘Go Slowly’ is beautiful, sublime, and certainly has a U2 feel. ‘Last Flowers’ is wonderfully piano heavy with great guitars, it’s a sad, lonely tale; ‘4 Minute Warning’ is too lovely for a nightmare; ‘Up on the Ladder’ and ‘Bangers + Mash’ (just rocks!) are immense favourites and have the most sonorous, trippy, pleasing guitars ever. Don’t forget to check out their Podcast here in iTunes: how intimate and what a treat the sessions are!

What's all the fuss?

These forums are biased because people only bother to write about an album when they love it. What's worse, is that the people who read the reviews only wanna hear good news, so if you give an album a lesser rating then most reviewers decide that they 'did not find the review useful'. Radiohead are a great band, and this isn't a bad CD, but nothing stands out on it. The quality of your CD collection won't be determined by whether you own this or not. 2/5 might sound bad, but in a world where 90% of the music out there is unrateable, it's a fair assessment of where this fits in amongst radiohead's magnificent discography.

Don't buy a song

Buy the whole album. I missed the ''pick your price" thing but I bought it on December 28th from Walmart. Since then, I have been listening to it nonstop. You have to listen to the whole thing to get the effect. This is the best album of 2007 and maybe the best of 2008. It feels like all their experimental albums have built up to this. I you really need only one song, try "15 step" for a faster pop sound, "Bodysnatchers" for an original rock sound, "Weird Fishes / Arpeggi" and "Reckoner" for a slow, beautiful sound, or "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" for a sort-of Brit rock sound. Actually, nevermind those descriptions. There is no way to describe Radiohead's amazing music.


Formed: 1989 in Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Radiohead were one of the few alternative bands of the early '90s to draw heavily from the grandiose arena rock that characterized U2's early albums. But the band internalized that epic sweep, turning it inside out to tell tortured, twisted tales of angst and alienation. Vocalist Thom Yorke's pained lyrics were brought to life by the group's three-guitar attack, which relied on texture -- borrowing as much from My Bloody Valentine and Pink Floyd as R.E.M. and Pixies -- instead of virtuosity. It took...
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