Review Summary: What were the fans left with after the 'pay what you want' hype was cleared? The collection of 10 of the finest songs created by the band!1 of 4 thought this review was well written
There's something compelling about every radiohead album that draw's you to them. This one is no different. Probably the most hyped album of radiohead. The 'pay what you want' system drew a lot of attention. But what were the fans left with after the hype of the 'pay what you want' system was cleared. The collection of some of the finest songs made by the band.
In rainbows is a collection of everything the band has learnt and they proppelled it to a new level. The percussions sound sharper on this one. 15 steps is some of the best work of phil seway i have heard in a while! Resemblence of their previous albums is pretty visible may it be the bends influence on 'bodysnatchers' or 'house of cards' which i fell creates an atmosphere like kid a! But the album has got some classic gems like 'nude' and 'reckoner'. 'Reckoner' has allowed thom's voice to bloom after a long time. Overall this album is a really classic work by a band who is already past its prime.
Musically this album is really sharp with percussions that are top notch. 15 steps is a really energetic starter. I really love jonny's guitar work on this one, he just sets the mood for the album. It kicks right into 'bodysnatchers' probably the most guitar heavy song of the album which sounds really awesome!
'Nude' is probably my favorite song from this album! Thom's singing is so powerful that i have no words to describe it! The line "You'll go to hell for what you're dirty mind is thinking!" This is some of the best work i have ever heard this song will be true radiohead legacy! the band has been toying with this one live since a long time actually recording it only on this one!
'weird fishes'-This was first played as arpeggi in their concerts later renamed 'weird fishes'!
'all i need'- Wow this one will show you how jonny has evolved! Not only as a guitarist but also as a composer, His skill on the ondes martenet etc. He went from being the shy self conscious guitar player to master composer, guitar wizard and one of the best guitarists of all time!
'faust arp'- I feel this to be a connecting song between two different parts of the album. But this song is beautiful in itself! assisting thom's voice is an acoustic guitar!
'Reckoner'- This one is considered by most the best song off this album! It certainly gave thom a chance to sing beautifully after a long time! Also the music on this one is so haunting it will stay in your mind long after you've heard this song! Better be ready to keep this one on repeat!
'House of cards'- I feel this one has similarities to their style on kid a! It creates the same atmosphere in your mind in some way! This one has really great guitar work by jonny!
'jigsaws falling into place'- This one was the first one i got hooked to from this album! often summed up as-
a journey through flirtation, consummation and regret [that] gets about as close as you can to summing up a doomed relationship in four minutes.”
Videotape- Some call this the best from this album! I dont feel so this is a really great track but not the best for me! The album versions features a stripped down version of what was actually meant to be containing only piano chords! This one when played live kicks ass!
Overall i don't know how but radiohead make good albums after good albums and they dont falter! They constantly deliver great albums! I don't know how they do it but they can make you cry and laugh at the same time! While listening to their albums sometimes you'll feel like you're trapped inside a box and suddenly you'll be transported across meadows this is what radiohead can do to you! As the band members are growing older and older their music grows younger! Every one of their performences is wretching! God these guys have suffered or they can fake it like no one else!