Alright, I know I’m a bit slow on this one. I was no mid-night downloader, preferring sleep over the devastatingly day-after drag such late-night euphoria would have almost certainly inflicted upon me. Plus, I knew my download would be waiting for me in the morning, to pick over with decidedly fresher ears than all the competition. So, I am finally ready to weigh in on In Rainbows
– some 36 hours after live-listen, knee jerk reactions began flooding the interweb.
To stir the kind of universal excitement Radiohead
brought to a boil over the last week with a dud of an album would certainly be a grand disappointment. Fortunately, this is Radiohead – the finest band on the globe – we are talking about, and In Rainbows
is nothing of the sort. Heart stopping guitar rippers (“Bodysnatchers”),fits of electronic paranoia (“15 Step”), gentle, mind numbing moments (“Nude”), and piano balladry (“Videotape”)… like Hail to the Thief
, In Rainbows
assimilates just about everything you have come to love about this band. They have even, dare I say, thrown something a bit more upbeat than expected into the mix with “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” (though I’m sure the lyrics will eventually reveal Yorke is as neurotic as ever). My personal favorite so far? It has got to be the hypnotic, percussive pulse of “Reckoner”. It’s deadly serious…the kind of track that presses trademark experimentation into the ultimate service of melody. It also makes me want to squeeze my eyes as tight as I possibly can so as not to let anything exist outside of it.
On “All I Need”, Yorke confesses, “I’m the next act waiting in the wings”. Hardly Thom. A week ago the world didn’t even know about In Rainbows
. Now, it is very much of the here and present. And so the album continues to play on repeat here at Baeble HQ. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to discuss what has got to be the biggest release of the year. Until then, what do you think? - David Pitz
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