So we know that Radiohead released an album a few days ago, and you could buy it for FREE. After about 10 minutes of deliberating I paid a fiver for it (the average, apparently, is £4). This isn’t a review, but I think it’s the best thing they have done since OK Computer. Previous to last week, I thought they would never better Kid A with a new release (especially after ‘Hail To The Thief’ which i purchased and ignored once I had got bored of listening to ‘2+2=5’). This album is more about presenting a strong set of tunes, ditching some (not all) of the studio trickery and sheer bloodymindedness that characterised their previous noughties output. Thom Yorke sounds energised, which is good news for the band, the listener and the album. I have played it constantly over the last few days, and if you are a Radiohead fan, then pay a reasonable sum into their online ‘honesty box’ and download it, because it bridges the gaps between all their previous work, and all the moods of Radiohead, into a satisfying, coherent set of songs.
I love it. Thanks Radiohead.
Drowned in Sound have a lively messageboard devoted to the question ‘How much did you pay?’;
Here is the Radiohead site;
Here’s where you get ‘in rainbows’;