Radiohead
In Rainbows


4.0
excellent

Review

by UncalledFor USER (5 Reviews)
October 11th, 2007 | 27 replies | 5,772 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: May initially feel like a Let Down with No Surprises to be found (because it has Everything In Its Right Place), but Just let it Creep further into your mind - you might get Lucky, or I Might Be Wrong. Myxomatosis!

While I'll agree that summary sucked, this new album by Radiohead does not! It's great, actually.
Best to get it out of the way immediately - Radiohead is one of my all-time favorite bands and barring Pablo Honey I think every album they've put out is phenomenal. I noticed how each of their CDs have a sizeable amount of people that swear by it. That's really a rare thing for 6 albums in a row - in fact, the only other group to pull that off springing to mind are the Beatles. Radiohead takes big risks on every release, but still keeps a steady quality to their material, easily recognizable as the Radiohead touch.

In rainbows follows the same principle. There is classic stuff here as well as bold experiments, and each of the songs has been given attention and care to get it across in the best way possible.
A few tracks stand out immediately. Faust Arp can serve as a spiritual follow-up to HTTT's I will. The initial tackiness of time signature changes is smoothened by a georgeous, Beatles-esque string arrangement. Before you know it you're submerged in a resigned folk ballad - beautiful and highly addictive. Weird fishes/Arpeggi takes an arpeggiated guitar duet over rolling drums to the greatest composition U2's The Edge never wrote. House of cards is highly atmospheric, both eccentric and conventional in composition, and lives up to the best stuff on Kid A.

Yorke has to be applauded for the wonderful job of connecting the band's understated performances to the listener, especially on the songs that initially seem underwhelming (15 step, Reckoner, All I need). Concentrating on his performance, you'll gradually get acquainted with the music supporting him, to the point where it rises above the predicate "supporting". This is very rewarding and probably why Radiohead is loved so widely.

So, what really defines In rainbows? In this reviewer's eyes, it's their most anthological album so far. It contains verse-chorus-verse ethics of The bends, sophisticated indie of OK computer, droney atmospheres of Kid A, eerie minimalism of Amnesiac and frenzy of Hail to the thief. Also, there is more focus on guitar again, often in a very suitable 70's way (For example Jigsaw falling into place fondly reminds of Led Zeppelin and C,S,N&Y).
This doesn't mean it leaves nothing to be desired, though. Bodysnatchers stands alone as the classic Radiohead rock-out song, and leaves a craving for more. Album closer Videotape (This is my way of saying goodbye/Because i can't do it face to face/I'm talking to you/After it's too late/From my videotape) is incredibly moving, but at the same time, ending the album on such a depressing note is cruel even by their standards. At 42 and a half minutes, the album is rather short. I can't help but wonder if the addition of two or three of the 8 songs coming out on the bonus CD wouldn't have solidified In rainbows even more (leaving room on the bonus CD for, say, some I might be wrong out-takes?).
Of course they might just pull a Radiohead and send all the pre-orderers 18 completely new tracks. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Anyway, it's a great album. Buy it! At £0,00 they’re practically throwing it away! That’s right, Radiohead haters! They made another throwaway album!


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SubtleDagger
October 11th 2007


737 Comments


May initially feel like a Let down with No surprises to be found (because it has Everything in its right place), but Just let it Creep further into your mind - you might get Lucky, or I might be wrong.

no

gimo80
October 11th 2007


223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What!? I kind of stopped reading after the summary -_-

Edit: Okay, the review was quite well written, however the fact that the album has only just been released yesterday makes any review made for this album pretty much obsolete. This Message Edited On 10.11.07

descendents1
October 11th 2007


702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that was like reading an advert

lunchforthesky
October 11th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That was semi funny but it wasn't a review.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 11th 2007


3767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this review is cute, you people are too tough. @ Reviewer: You write in a entertaining way (despite that horrible faux pas with your summary and ridiculous last sentence), but you just need to tighten yourself up with the sophistication of your writing - this reads rushed and a little 'trying-too-hard' - I generally agree with your analysis of this album though, espically the bit about it being a anthological album, so yea, ground yourself a little bit, and you should be fine.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Altmer
October 11th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't have a problem with this review.

However the album is a big yawnfest.

Thor
October 11th 2007


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

3.5 for me right now. Weird Fish is pretty awesome.

cbmartinez
October 11th 2007


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Your username sums up this review LOL

album is amazing

Thor
October 11th 2007


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eh...not really. It's a decent alt-rock album, but I just can't seeing this stacking up to The Bends or Ok Computer.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 11th 2007


3767 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Exactly, theres no way that this is a 5, either in comparison to Radiohead's previous efforts or even in terms of making or defining a genre.

cbmartinez
October 11th 2007


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's definitely on par with OK Computer. It's so different than anything else they've done, it's really amazing.

Thor
October 11th 2007


10191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Almost all of their albums are different from what they had done in the past. But that doesn't make it a classic.

cbmartinez
October 11th 2007


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely, I don't know, this album just really touched me. I might bring it down to a 4.5 but we'll see.

lunchforthesky
October 11th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is weay better than a 3.5. Nothing Radiohead have ever made after The Bends is less than a 4/4.5.

UncalledFor
October 11th 2007


100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this review is cute, you people are too tough. @ Reviewer: You write in a entertaining way (despite that horrible faux pas with your summary and ridiculous last sentence), but you just need to tighten yourself up with the sophistication of your writing - this reads rushed and a little 'trying-too-hard' - I generally agree with your analysis of this album though, espically the bit about it being a anthological album, so yea, ground yourself a little bit, and you should be fine.


Thank you. It's good to see not everyone here is so anal about this site for, let's face it, amateur reviews. 95% of the reviews found on this site are sub-par compared to the ones written in the better music magazines. I like that and I don't aspire to actually rise above that - English isn't even my native language so I would find a different platform if I were so inclined.

Summary and last sentence were in honor to Mark Prindle (markprindle.com) who has a website full of highly humoristic reviews that are stylistically all over the place but still bring up excellent points about music.

Anyway I reread this a bunch of times and I'm satisfied as is, it brings up points of praise as well as criticism, takes into account the history of the band, so those who said it "wasn't a review" can go jump up a rope. I welcome criticism and I despise elitism. Have a nice day everyone.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2007


15737 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Alright album, and a well written 4th review, neg is senseless.

I wish that I liked this more. Maybe it'll grow on me, but I just don't know.

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

UncalledFor
October 11th 2007


100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the pos. The album, well, it does grow, but don't strain yourself. If you listen to the tracks you like a bunch of times, you'll probably get the urge to listen to the rest again sooner or later.

gimo80
October 11th 2007


223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have to say, I've been thoroughly immersed for the entire time. Also, I agree with your idea about criticism and elitism - if I was going to criticise, I would say the review was a tad fanboyish, but at the end of the day I know you absolutely love the album. It was well written, and considering English isn't even your native language is pretty darn impressive. My German is incredible, however.

But I just stand by that anyone reviewing the album isn't doing it any favours - give it a month or two, and opinions will certainly start to differ. Is it actually a timeless classic?

Altmer
October 11th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the problem is that everything here sounds the fucking same.

tribestros
October 11th 2007


918 Comments


Altmer...CHILL OUT dude, we get that you don't like it, but you're in a fringe minority. Secondly, nice review, even though this isn't really the anthology album, that'd be HTTT. I pos'd.This Message Edited On 10.11.07



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