Radiohead
In Rainbows


4.0
excellent

Review

by Leslie W USER (4 Reviews)
May 8th, 2010 | 20 replies | 2,741 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mesmerizing....

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I have no memories of staying up and grabbing bits of Kid A and Ok, Computer on my ***ty Internet dial-up connection. No memories of hearing “Creep” on the radio and being blown away when I first heard it, which is probably due to the fact that I was not even born when Pablo Honey came out and not even 1 when The Bends came out. That being said, it’s also hard to judge the entire scope unto which was changed when an album such as Ok, Computer revolutionized the scene. Everything is taken for granted, as if it’s always been and will be. Radiohead sounded faint on my mind, nothing special, just some old rock band I’d hear about every once in a while.

But then, I discovered them. I had heard whispers of the legends before, but I was in a Target store when the cover for In Rainbows piqued my interest only a week or two ago, and my dad bought it since he was wondering what Radiohead had been up to after “Creep” sort of vanished from the radio. Putting it in the giant living room stereo CD player and just laying on the couch and listening has been a liberating experience in such a weird, weird way.

To put it simply, it’s a fascinating album, but I’d suppose that’s what Radiohead is all about. You progress from various stages, like it’s a dream. First comes the action, and then comes the dream itself, in sort of a reverse order. You don’t remember specific parts of your dream, except that it was exhilarating. Only this time, Radiohead controls it, but they know what they’re doing while not being domineering and give you a dream with time running by like you’ve been there all day. With lush guitars, gorgeous strings, smooth vocals, albeit a bit depressing, and command, they do what they do very well. With songs such as “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” and “15 Step”, it becomes more upbeat, and more enticing. However, enticing as it is, there are no hooks and/or truly memorable shower songs. But it’s entrancing to such a point where you don’t even mind, as the experience whisks you away to another place.

The songs are filled with (mostly) upbeat instrumentals, with the lyrics even being dream like. "15 Step" hints at shell of shattered person with "How come I end up where I started?/How can I end up where I went wrong?", with
the technobeat sounding scrambled up as well. "Bodysnatchers" follows in suit, but instead with an electric guitar that works with the vocals in an agitated mood. But then the so called "action" stops, with "Nude" falling into more of a serene tone and depressing lyrics. The more calming music continues through the rest of the album, with more uplifting lyrics on songs such as "All I Need" and "Reckoner", depressing on "House of Cards", and just plain weird on "Faust Arp". Radiohead experiments with a wide variety of vocals and succeeds on virtually every front.

The door to Circe’s palace opens, and you are welcomed in heartily. Even though there’s a strange aura radiating around, you still venture in. It’s too nice a place. The food and drink are delicious, with many temptations thrown at you. Even with original ideas and goals, they are forgotten. You are your own captive, with the cage provided by Radiohead. The time flies by, memories of home forgotten and no desire to return to the real world.

Welcome to In Rainbows by Radiohead.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sejine
May 8th 2010



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I couldn't really sum up this album with 20 million paragraphs. It was just an experience, and I tried to sum it up the best I could. Proved a bit tricky, but I'd like to hear your guys' opinions on it.

I feel like it's kind of weird to listen to In Rainbows before the more critically acclaimed ones like Ok Computer, like I'm jumping the gun or something.

(Also, Circe was a tempter from The Odyssesy. /end literature nerdism).

Brylawski
May 8th 2010



709 Comments


dude get rid of the [p] shit


you didn't describe the music at all, you should add in an extra paragraph or so

Sejine
May 8th 2010



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

crap, sorry. didn't notice.

WatchItExplode
May 8th 2010



3072 Comments


you know Radiohead has a song called "Nice Dream"...you probably could have used that. Also, try talking a bit about how the music sounds but a decent read abeit complety non-descriptive

CelestialDust
May 8th 2010



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you close it very good, but I think you should work on describing the album

Even though there’s a strange aura radiates around, you still venture in.


radiating* ?

Dryden
May 8th 2010



12813 Comments


WOW

Klekticist
May 8th 2010



1258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well written. doesnt describe the album at all though...

Sejine
May 8th 2010



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fixed it up. thank you all for the suggestions.

Brylawski
May 8th 2010



709 Comments


yeah thats a lot better

CelestialDust
May 8th 2010



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha yeah kudos

Mordecai.
May 8th 2010



8255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love this

a5thdiad
May 9th 2010



123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, i love this record. i was at a random bar the other night, and a cover band covered weird fishes...i got wayyyyy to excited.

Dryden
May 9th 2010



12813 Comments


i got sick and puked up pizza so your story aint as good

Mordecai.
May 9th 2010



8255 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^that makes my dick hard

qwe3
May 9th 2010



21154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice review, i love this record. i was at a random bar the other night, and a cover band covered weird fishes...i got wayyyyy to excited.


too*

scissorlocked
May 9th 2010



3479 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review.This album is dreamy

Digging: Fantastic Mr Fox - Sketches

PearlDrummer20
May 9th 2010



1089 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

woah woah woah.... since when is this album 2 discs?

Sejine
May 9th 2010



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's what I was wondering.

I only got one disc when I bought it. it was like.....0_0?

porch
May 9th 2010



8390 Comments


its just a bonus disc of songs that didn't make the cut, its not a double album or anything

CelestialDust
May 9th 2010



3155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

second disc is very enjoyable



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