Radiohead
In Rainbows


5.0
classic

Review

by pye3214 USER (2 Reviews)
July 26th, 2012 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A modern classic and a must listen for everyone, not just Radiohead fans.

Over their long and celebrated career, Radiohead have had the impressive ability to constantly grow and change their sound. Some favor O.K. Computer and Kid A to be the pinnacles of Thom, Ed, Jonny, Phil, and Collin's work, but my personal favorite has always been In Rainbows. The songwriting runs the gauntlet from frantic to breathtakingly beautiful, and it comes together to become one of the most personal and introspective LP's the band has crafted.

The first sound you hear on In Rainbows' opener "15 Step" is a jarring drum machine hit, followed by an instantly addicting vocal melody courtesy of Mr. Yorke. Acoustic drums, jazzy guitar, and a searching bass line soon follow, culminating in an explosion of electronics, eerie keyboards, and strange loops. Then comes the frantic riffing of "Bodysnatchers," with Jonny and Thom's biting guitar leading the rest of the band through a few verses and choruses, until the pretty but still driving bridge hits out of nowhere, changing the vibe of the song momentarily until Jonny pulls out a quick solo and Thom yelling like a paranoid man surrounded by hostile delusions. The album proceeds to calm down a bit with "Nude." Laid back drums back up a bouncy bass line and spine tingling vocal melody. One of my personal highlights of the album is Thom's soaring note in the middle, which always gives me goosebumps. The tempo picks up a little again on "Weird Fishes" with its arpeggiated guitar and constant drum line. The song keeps a steady beat going until the bottom drops out, leaving only Thom's haunting voice and percussive keyboard. "All I Need" is by far the creepiest moment on the album, with its lonely lyrics and skeleton backing track. Another chilling moment is the mass of sound at the end, with the vocal moans and all encompassing program. The quirkiest moment is "Faust Arp," a quick acoustic diddy with strings that come in over the chorus that open up the claustrophobic feel of the verses. "Reckoner" is the strangest part on the album with a looping, reverberating drum part and jazzy guitar lines. Sweeping strings at the end accent Thom's piercing falsetto, eventually ending in a fadeout. "House of Cards" is a ballad and another favorite part on the album, with a catchy guitar riff and loving lyrics taking centerstage whith the rest of the band stays in the background while a steady drone takes up more and more of the sonic area. "Jigsaw Falling Into Place maniacally circles around its self, while the vocals get more and more intense. "Videotape" is my favorite song on the album, with the most introspective lyrics centering on Thom saying goodbye to his loved ones. The piano slowly builds while the bass enters and leaves under glitchy electronic drums. The album goes out in the perfect way, with a whimper as the piano slowy loops and fades out.

The production is simply amazing. Each of the instruments has its moment in the spotlight, and also its moments in the back. There are a plethora of sounds on each song, yet Thom's voice always cuts through the mix. It can be extremely dense and quiet one moment, then explode sonically the second.

This album is just a must listen, and even if you haven't enjoyed other stuff by them, there's likely something on In rainbows for you.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
dcalderon
July 26th 2012


313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I liked your review, but as a constructive advice, I would recommend you not to use a track by track
format, much less all of it in only one paragraph.

As for the album, it's one of my favorites RH albums, even if it isn't their best...

fsharptrit0ne
July 26th 2012


4814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but base you automatically love this because its very well produced

MO
July 26th 2012


18888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

quite the snooze decided to dip into some of kidA's other discog, yea pass

Treeman
July 26th 2012


1223 Comments


who are the radioheads?

iambandersnatch
July 26th 2012


1487 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Album is pretty amazing. I think the 2 people on the site who don't love this album decided to show up on this thread.

barcafan21
July 26th 2012


1924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, this is their 2nd best

Digging: St. Vincent - St. Vincent

ZedO
July 26th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is quite fine for me, but obv not their masterpiece!!

Pentagon
July 26th 2012


1998 Comments


This album would be the magnum opus of any band other than Radiohead. Its my third favourite, but damn Im so close to 5'ing it.

MeatSalad
July 26th 2012


14770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

OKC used to be the best

But now this is the best

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

bodybuilder
July 26th 2012


77 Comments


wrong. fuckhead

MeatSalad
July 26th 2012


14770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"wrong. fuckhead"

Nou

"
This would be the Minimum Opus of Pink Floyd tho."

True

bodybuilder
July 26th 2012


77 Comments


what the fuck does nou mean. speak english you fucking faggot dont make me fucking bench press you

MeatSalad
July 26th 2012


14770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Bitch do you even lift

bodybuilder
July 26th 2012


77 Comments


why the fuck else would i have my name be what my name is you fucking cock sucker youre a fucking asshole

Funeralopolis
July 26th 2012


11617 Comments


u are strong and your words are strong.

Digging: Black Milk - If There's a Hell Below

bodybuilder
July 26th 2012


77 Comments


why the fuck do you use "u" at the start and then "you" after. stop breaking character you cock sucker

Funeralopolis
July 26th 2012


11617 Comments


ur*

bodybuilder
July 26th 2012


77 Comments


ur are strong too but do you wrestle

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 26th 2012


50674 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey bodybuilder

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

bodybuilder
July 26th 2012


77 Comments


what the fuck do you want. hold on you pussies i have to go eat ill be back



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