Radiohead
In Rainbows


4.5
superb

Review

by someguest USER (23 Reviews)
September 19th, 2012 | 30 replies | 1,944 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When I'm at the pearly gates...

14 of 15 thought this review was well written

People like when music strives to break barriers and is offered to everyone for free. Radiohead's first stab at releasing material without the help of a record label sets a tone for returning to experimentation and producing music which is natural in feel. The driving instrument of the record is Yorke's voice, and it seems the rest of the group is stuck in this journey with him. It's a journey that is sometimes bright, and sometimes dark, but always searching. "Bodysnatchers", for example, examines a man ignorant of a current situation, yet still striving forward for the joy living in the modern age can offer. And even when the searching ends on the closer of the album, "Videotape", the protagonist can't wait to look at the life he has lived while waiting for the unknown in grave anticipation. In short, it's an album about learning and human frailty, and keeping away from always lingering sadness.

The listener could say that the instrumentals take a backseat on this release. However, it would be better to argue they're just wonderfully restrained and only there when entirely necessary. There's about equal measure of both electronic based sounds and the traditional output from a current rock band. Since they are often blended together with subtlety, the sounds fit together well and avoid cringe inducing reactions. They're simple, well executed, and cut just deep enough into you. The peaks of all the instruments playing together at once create sporadic moments of bliss, while the majority of the album being slower and more about mood seek reflection. It's with this approach we see a similarity to life. The highs are incredibly high, and the rest feels like routine at first. But without the routine, all would be most definitely lost.

In Rainbows may be one of those albums to sit on for some time to understand, or it might be absolutely genius at first listen. However, it is another undefined step in the career of Radiohead, and should be explored by everyone just for how "nude" the end product turned out. The band made that much clear in the presentation, execution, and distribution of the album. It's a record that wasn't made to sell records, but to give yet another example of how we all move along.



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someguest
September 19th 2012



20393 Comments


Yes, I know there's a "brazillion" reviews of this already. Anyway, it's been awhile. It feels good to get something down.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



4408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I always go back and forth between this and Kid A as my favourite Radiohead album. "Bodysnatchers", "Reckoner", and "Weird Fishes" are my 3 favourites but quite honestly the whole album rules. I really like the guitar-driven sound of the music, its a good change from the electronic-indulgences of the the past efforts.

Good stuff, mate. POS'd.

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

someguest
September 19th 2012



20393 Comments


It's probably my favorite Radiohead release. I know that's blasphemy, but it's all right. There isn't really a flaw here.

And thanks man.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



4408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh its no flaw, In Rainbows is complete genius.

By the way, I havent said this yet but I dig the Lewis Black avatar. I love his comedy.

someguest
September 19th 2012



20393 Comments


He actually does a lot of work with plays and other productions as well. He's a well rounded individual who never got caught up in "traditional American living". And he's funny, haha.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2012



4408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've only seen his comedy stand-up shows and heard his albums. I'll have to look into his plays because I didnt know he did anything else. The man is a great though, definitely one of my favourite comedians.

YoYoMancuso
September 19th 2012



11000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's totally normal, In Rainbows is my favorite at the moment as well. Really the only flaw is that Videotape is much better live, but other than that this an amazing work of art.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 19th 2012



10592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

didn't read the review but great rating pos

someguest
September 19th 2012



20393 Comments


Boo, Xenophanes. Boo.

lol

Chortles
September 19th 2012



17943 Comments


nice review. this album is awesome but it's definitely not my favorite by them

someguest
September 19th 2012



20393 Comments


Thanks Chortles. Ok Computer, The King of Limbs, Kid A, and this are all really close for me. I think this edges the others out though.

DarthMann
September 19th 2012



13815 Comments


RECKONERRRRRRRR ERRRR
DISAAAVOOWWW THE PLEASURE

Youtellme
September 19th 2012



1351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My only complain are some songs which are usually skipped, mostly on the second disc, but songs like "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" more than make up for that.

Good review too, pos.

Chortles
September 19th 2012



17943 Comments


it's all about jigsaw man

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012



50043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review

"The listener could say that the instrumentals take a backseat on this release. However, it would be better to argue they're just wonderfully restrained and only there when entirely necessary."

I completely agree

Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 19th 2012



23804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you may be a dumb asshole but youre a great reviewer

pos

Tyrael
September 19th 2012



20816 Comments


you may be a dumb asshole but youre a great reviewer [2]

Aids you need to stop reading my mind it's getting fucking creepy

fuck

someguest
September 19th 2012



20393 Comments


you may be a dumb asshole but youre a great reviewer


I only play one on the Internet. *Thanks for the kind words.

*Regarding my written work.

Tyrael
September 19th 2012



20816 Comments


If you'd write more I think you'd have a serious shot at getting a title some time soon man

someguest
September 19th 2012



20393 Comments


Well thank you. I know I need to make it a habitual thing.



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