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it kind of floats through my head without exciting me much. probably their weakest since The Bends.
less good than 4 fucking incredible albums?
"safe" is the keyword
but it tails off. but it always takes me ages to love radiohead albums.
Both Jigsaw Falling into Place and Videotape are amazing.
..of an airing. i tend to slam it on in bed and i can fall asleep through anything.
Personally I thought HTTF was really underwhelming, and In Rainbows was a big improvement.
So it's still better than The Bends?
Dunno, I think it's their lest good, but it's still a 7/10.
the bends is probably better, i'm just sick of it.
there's not a lot of effort going on is there? greenwood is just playing effortless (and not in a good way) arpeggios through a lot of it. not a lot of hooks. not even weird uncommercial hooks.
is underwhelming another word for "ruddy rubbish"?
I think it's brilliant and their best since Kid A. Almost every track is really satisfying and the album as a whole has cohesion. I wasn't underwhelmed in the slightest but then I don't know what I really expected.
I dont think it has cohesion over all. A few of the tracks fade out (when did radiohead ever fade tracks out) and/or end abruptly after running with 1 or 2 main ideas.
It sounds like some are still unfinished, albeit lavishly produced demos to me.
and why some people don't like Hail To The Thief i've no idea.
Dunno, I find it a bit lacking myself. Maybe it's how 'by numbers' a track like Sail to the Stars or whatever sounds.
is how quickly everyone has made an opinion on In Rainbows so quickly.
I find later Radiohead albums (post OK Computer) to take weeks, if not months to slot into place and for my mind to make a reaonable judgement.
and it doesn't amaze me that everyone had an opinion straight away, because that's the way music is "appreciated" in the Web 2.0 world - if you don't have an opinion within the alloted timespace you might as well not have one at all. It was made even worse by everyone hearing it at exactly the same time
Basically, i thought the immediate reaction of "best thing they've ever done!!1!!1" was ludicrous in the extreme
its been 3 or 4 weeks hasn't it? thats enough for me. and i've changed my opinion actually, at first i thought it was great, now: so so.
albums need 20 listens and 3 months of studying before an irrevocable opinion is made.
Reading alt.music.radiohead was pretty funny at times. :D
Warm and cohesive. The electronic stuff doesn't stick out like a sore thumb anymore, it's integrated in an often beautiful manner. Actually sounds like they might be having fun. I'd stick this one about Amnesiac, Pablo Honey and their last effort easily.
is their best album.
But yeah I agree with the sentiment. Although I quite like that its sort of unambitious and floaty, and spacial.
or Kid A.
It has moments. First two tracks and Jigsaw Falling Into Place especially.
Hail to the Thief remains Radiohead's best effort, imho.
all of this is objective, but I would place it above Pablo Honey, The Bends and Amnesiac
It just feels so soulful. Amnesiac does not.
HTTF sounds like a dog's dinner but I love it.
It doesn't touch Kid A or OK Computer
agreed, but still a stunning album i think. Can't wait to hear it all full and lush sounding on CD!
coz i've heard this all before.
as alcxxk pointed out several posts ago, that's quite a yardstick.
I say understated.
sure it's not a ball-twisting masterpiece but there are so many moments on it that are utterly beautiful.
If anything the first two tracks throw it into a bit of a curveball. Where previous albums have been all over the place the first three tracks here suggest it'll be the same but then after that it settles into a wonderful woozy groove. It's a genuine blend of all the sounds and textures that have gone before. Whereas amnesiac, for example, had 'song influenced by jazz' followed by 'song influenced by electro' followed by 'song influenced by doo wop' here you can hear bits of all of those things at once.
It's really quite marvellous. a mood piece. reckoner alone is worth the £40 i paid for the discbox.
1. OK Computer
2. Kid A
3. The Bends
4. In Rainbows
5. Hail To The Thief
6. Amnesiac - more a B-sides compilation really
7. Pablo Honey (a warm-up)
Reckoner is the most outstanding thing they've done since 'How To Disappear'.
I rate HTTT and Amnesiac higher than Kid A, don't understand the criticism I think it's fantastic.
just that In Rainbows is more soulful.
Besides I don't think Amnesiac FEELS to me soulful
that rank for it in the Radiohead catalogue, but I wouldn't say it's underwhelming at all. I think it's an awesome record - probably the most direct lyrics Thom Yorke has ever written, great linear song structures, the obligatory wonderful guitars, superb sound even in 160kbps. Great to hear them tackling "personal" themes so well basically.
I can always rely on DiS to have a certain opinion on everything, and to be able to rank very different albums into some sort of order.
As for me, I like In Rainbows it because it makes me feel like I'm at my boyfriend's house, or in his car. Especially the track House Of Cards.
Thats ok, isn't it?
Your opinion on this matter. In Rainbows is understated, subtle, warm and all other things that make me love it. It's full of great 'songs', in the proper sense of the word
I would personally describe seven or eight of the songs as completely brilliant
restlessboy already summed up my thoughts on this album almost perfectly up there ^^^
there was nothing on it apart from 'Reckoner' that immediately grabbed me.