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Just downloaded it.
Shall give my opinion in a few hours.
But for those that have heard it, whadda you think?
Expect a mini review at around half 5 this afternoon.
I've listened to the first half about 3 or 4 times through now. I only managed to listen up to "All I need" on my good system this morning, so decided I wouldnt taint the rest by listening to it fragmented over the course of the day.
IT's really brilliant. Much better than I thought it would be. All I need is one of the softest most lovely songs ever. 15 steps is fantastic. Bodysnatchers drops the ball a bit, but its still really good. A return of the "jonny solo"! if only slightly.
And yeah, Nude and arpeggi are both amazing, as suspected.
Doesnt seem to have the same cohesivness as the others though, but that might present itself on further listening.
So far, 8/10
its entirely different from the old version...
I was hoping for "RECKONER! BACK BACK BACK!"
still pretty brilliant though. videotape is lovely, though i kinda missed the booming kick drum like when they do it live.
The amount of space on the album is amazing.
so far, 7 or 8 out of ten, but i still havnt listened through in one go yet...
it sounds great in 160kbps
at the start of arpeggi when thom goes "Hnnnnghhhh"
Somewhere over there --------------->
today is a great day for mankind
it's really great, actually....
Most of it sounds more like 'The Eraser' than 'Hail to the Thief'. I like The Eraser but I kind of hoped this would be something different.
House of Cards was mega dull on first listen. Maybe it's a grower.
the bit about it being more like eraser I mean...
halfway through second listen it sounds like it's going to take a number of listens to really appreciate it
Thom's voice sounds great all the way through though
there's a number of hints and echoes of 1967 (fleetwood mac and the beatles) tunes bizarrely enough and at least two self-referential musical passages
this is why I don't write reviews
One more thing though. It being Radiohead, without the artwork it definitely feels like there is something missing
The first song is a bit of a racket...
had to start work tho
sounds good so far!
by the time i get to hear the bugger everyone else will be bored of it
in fact, I'm quite liking it and I'm not a big Radiohead fan
a rapidshare link earlier :D
'snot as good as ok computer.
i've been lying flat on my bed in a daze :)
as my boyfriend will in bed with this.
A friend emailed me this morning asking if I wanted a download, I'll get it when I get home.
It's really really good.
nude is fucking amazing.
is the one that stands out for me so far but that's probably because it sounds a lot like Fleetwood Mac's Albatross
I'm trying to listening critically but I can't detect anything negative about it at all so far
Nude. As predicted. Is the best thing since seeing it live. And... then some
in both concept and execution
well done the 'head
They're all fast paced and edgy and it's just sort of sloooow.
Fast songs 'ftw'.
Nude's fucking beautiful! Not all music has to be "fast paced and edgy" to have value.
But the first two songs put me in the mood for fast and edgy so Nude comes across a bit 'meh'.
I did my OMG IT'S RADIOHEAD time in the 20th Century. It's hard to get as worked up these days.
and I'm sure my opinion will change over time, but I quite like it.
Nude, 15 Step and All I Need jumped out at me as the stand-outs.
Can't be arsed to fork out for the discbox, but I'll definitely buy the regular CD release whenever that happens.
all i need is my fave after 1 listen.
I have decided All I Need is brilliant. I'm stuck on it now
And i just laughed and pointed towards the future...
That track is really quite dull.
so i reckon it will be a grower
when hopefully i shall have recived a very early christmas present of the full album
parts 1 and 2
that the second CD is intended as "B-Sides" to singles that will probably never be released.
code not arrived yet? (tapping desk impatiently...)
but i can't wait for that week:
The box set
CSS, Justice and Metronomy
so theyll arrive 4th or 5th surely.
unless you tip the postal services
hes playing it for himself. noone watching
and so far, I'm just happy it's here.
Radiohead are a band that I've never taken the time to listen to extensively, and when a band has clearly developed their 'own sound' (which is true, despite the progression from album to album) as Radiohead have, any new album listened to 'out of sequence' so to speak is always going to be a grower.
Caveats aside though, I like it so far. Its not 'fucking amazing' yet, and Nude isn't as good as people seem to think. Still not finished yet and it could still swing either way for me.
How much did people pay for it btw? I chose the method of hitting 3 random number keys and came out with 3.54, which rather handily came up to 3.99 with the surcharge...
Nope, that's true. Unfortunately it has a legendary history. I think it's been on the cards since pre-OKC days and wasn't it supposed to go on the soundtrack to The Avengers movie but they decided they couldn't record it how they wanted or something?
Anyway, it's been a long time and people who've heard in live or on bootlegs have been going on about it too long.
Does that make my opinion count more or less?
The Avengers movie?!?! Maybe they just saw what a pile of shite it was going to be and decided to jump the ship before it sank...
after the third listen I can officially declare that the bitrate now pissing me off
I stuck on my CD of OK computer for reference and I did a big sad face
160Kbps? No thanks. They could have at least bumped it up to 192...
Oh well, one way of getting people to buy the CD i suppose...
halfway through my first listen and think it's fucking fantastic.
that is all.
of blonde redhead
i'm actually damp.
think this will be like the longest thread in DIS history by the end of the day.
so far well better than hail to the thief for me.
And write your reviews...
I'm preferring it to Hail To The Thief. I'm on my 3rd Listen.
Im sure Reckoner is meant to go "POW POW POW POW POW" or something...and there was a 20 second cameo by muse on that track.
reckoner sounds like an almost completely different song to the live version I've had for ages.
i know that we can, technically, do user reviews, but can we WIN WIN WIN whilst at work?
You'll have to start a secret user account and not let me find out...
download key dammit!
Anyone else still not got theirs. I'm thinking probably yes..
for 0.00 and apparently you just go straight to the download link.
is that that bit at the beginning of Nude doesn't go on for the whole song. It sounds lush.
But yes, wow. I look forward to hearing this on big speakers when I get to the union...
I re-bought it for 0.00 and now have a spare activation code if anyone needs it.
BUT it proves the point that if yr whinging that you've preordered and not got yr link you can just buy it again.
although he seems to spend most of his piece reviewing his ideas about how much to pay: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7037194.stm
i'm disappointed in the lack of 'melodic hooks'. that's definitely the main thing I look for in a radiohead album.
and anyone who says:
"Maybe Radiohead need a record company. Maybe they need someone to tell them their output is getting a bit samey now and isn't actually that good, and maybe they should try something else."
clearly knows what they're talking about. Because record company execs are well known arbiters of useful advice when honing one's artistic vision.
smiles all round
can't remember which track but there's definitely a kids choir on the album.
i was hoping they were going to keep the kids bit for a colin greenwood solo record.
Its very good.
I also think its melodic.
Much better first impression than I got with HttT, but as to wether its as good as OK Computer etc, only time will tell..
Just finished first listen.
S'alright that, innit? I like the penultimate track, whatever it was called. Something about a Jigsaw I think, I dunno, have closed iTunes.
but i loathe the string sounds on faust arp
its just done a little lee hazlewood esque trill on the strings now, hmm nice.
Just listening to Arpeggi now. Not grabbing me as much as Nude and 15 Step.
This is all very postmodern.
a few really hair on th back of your neck moments away from being brilliant, still pretty good tho.
should have saved the last comment until I listened to the end
It's great, probably need a few more listens before I could add something more interesting but it's consistently strong, the production sounded great despite the fact I was listening to shoddy MP3 being played on the radio (the only decent thing XFM's ever done), just can't wait to hear it on CD on a decent stereo without having to listen to Joe from East Gorton (Manchester's biggest Radiohead fan) carping on about how he's got the lyrics to Creep on his wedding ring inbetween songs.
15 step is the shit, as is jigsaw falling into place, with honourable mentions to nude and bodysnatchers. it doesnt feel like a cohesive whole though, it picks up momentum and loses it at funny times. and the drums on videotape are annoying for the first minute, until the other glitcy bits come in.
overall on first listen - 71%
it's their most cohesive album since Kid A. Hail To The Theif and Amnesiac are a bit all over the place, not knowing whether to be stright up rock, elecrtonica or something else entirely. This album combines all of those elements more effectively.
and really like it
I'm very disappointed by the drumming. It sounds so weak. On videotapes it seems he's banging a fisher price drum all the way through. I hope this is due to low quality mp3s. The drums should be higher in the mix and much more powerful. And Thom's voice is mixed too high on a couple of tracks (Nude especially).
Other than that it's a pretty solid album. Will wait until I get a decent version to finally judge.
I think it's mostly because they have such a boring and uninspired drummer, but the production doesn't help. That's probably my only criticism of how the album sounds though.
this time not so much...
i'm really liking the album though
it's still very very early to me
I hope you realize that the "fisher price" drum you're complaining about isn't a drum at all. It's a looped sample of a train going over a train track with Phil hitting a drum over it.
It's really ace, proper ace. Not what I expected, actually, but not in a bad way. Standout tracks: Nude, House of Cards, Jigsaw Falling Into Place.
Almost a pop album, innit? Certainly not as affecting as their previous albums (they usually make me shit myself). Which is good or bad, depending on your viewpoint, but either way, I don't think it plays to their strengths, leaving it with few points of interest.
but so far the standout tracks are 15step, all i need and videotape (actually, videotape and reckoner are the only two that really sound like radiohead's songwriting to me? oh and 15step seeing as the triballing drums immediately made me think of there there).
'All I Need' was the icing on the cake and is placed perfectly in the middle!
15 Step shits on everything else on the record
parts of it are really good, but theres quite a bit which reminds me of the radiohead stuff i don't like - the bits with 'proper' tunes like nude.
of course, this is only after one listen, i might completely change my mind by this evening.
consistent, upbeat, and Yorke doesn't suffocate the music too much this time around.
since this morning. 8/10 so far, and maybe rising.
It's lovely. :)
getting better with every listen. Think it will be a grower, lots of interesting bits everywhere to get into to. I'm sure favourite tracks will change, but loving 15 Step, Nude, and Reckoner right now.
Really beautiful sounding in places.
4 listens in, and the only song I don't love is House Of Cards. I reckon I'm quite lucky in that I've never heard any of these before, in any form (apart from any they might have played at the first night at Blackpool Empress Ballroom a few years ago... I was a bit worse for wear, so I just remember a general air of awe around that gig), I've never gone hunting for obscure live recordings on their fan-forums or anything.
The thing about the 160kbps though. 160 only sounds bad when you rip a CD in 160 as it cuts all sorts of sounds that are on the CD out, but haven't these songs have been recorded and produced specifically for that bitrate? I can't hear any problems with it at all, and I'm generally fussy as fuck when it comes to MP3 quality.
All I Need is the best song
'All I Need' is fantastic, as are the two opening tracks. I think people are going a bit too mad for 'Nude' but it's a beautiful and complex track. 'House Of Cards' isn't dull in my opinion, i'm very fond of it.
Huge surprise to hear 'Reckoner' sounding completely different to the version I had, and I love it.
Only dissapointment? Possibly 'Videotape' because it could have sounded so much bigger, which is better in my books.
is probably my favourite so far
i'm on my first listen, currently on 'nude'. and so far it has been fucking ace.
be back when im done.
I've settled on 7.5/10. It has some flashes of brilliance, but drags a bit towards the end, particularly Reckoner and House Of Cards. The final two rescue it though, very good album.
The first six songs are excellent, with a few spine-tingling moments, but you can't have two relative duds out of ten, and still call it a classic. I'll still buy it though :)
i can't say i'm very impressed. It all sounds a bit uninspired, a bit safe, perhaps a little dull
BUT HEY, WHAT DO I KNOW? I've only spent a miniscule amount of time with it, as we all have. I do find the "best thing they've ever done" comments to be a bit premature, indicative of a culture where everyone has to have a definitive opinion of everything right away. I mean, I applaud Radiohead for making this release such a communal experience, but the downside is that everyone is saying things they may well disagree with down the line. And this "snap judgement" style of criticism is something i find particularly unhelpful
is that my day was magical thanks to this album, even just the experience of listening. Hell, I'm putting it on again now. It must be good..
is the fact that this is album number 7, and that they've arguably delivered 3 classic records, even before this. Inspirational.
it's a lot better than the last one. Good to hear them get the guitars out again.
A couple of seemingly nothing songs towards the end, but as I said, only one listen.
Only OK Computer beats this. I haven't obsessively listened to a Radiohead this much, since 2 years ago, when I first got OK Computer.
sums it up for me.
Reckoner has grown on me so, so much.
i noticed a huge change. The chorus was something about "gimme french fries or I'll summon you to the reckoner" or something!
Even House Of Cards. My oh my, we may have a classic on our hands here. MAY.
I don't dislike any track at the moment. They can all only get better, right?
In Rainbows is brilliant, wtf.
the most perfect day I've ever seen.
Seriously, getting all excited, getting up at 7 to download it. Listening to it in two parts. going "OMG ITS GOOD" to people all day. It was like christmas.
Just got back from work and have put it back on. It's really brilliant. Thanks radiohead.
but i've listened a few times through and i'm siding with the 'this is really good' crew.
it really is very good isn't it.
highlights... tracks 1 through to 4, jigsaw and videotape.
money well spent.
Favs include 15 Step and Reckoner
This is as stripped back as Radiohead's music gets these days. Just uncomplicated good songwriting, sweet production and trademark great instrumentation. Love it :-)
completely sick of Nude by the weekend. Until then, however...
i think this is pretty stunning.
I don't think you can really appreciate songs like 'House Of Cards' on noisy public transport. I love this album.
Album of the year. Period. How could anyone have expected it not to be?