I’ve been wanting to write about Radiohead all year, and I hope you got your hands on the special edition box set of the 7th Radiohead album, In Rainbows. This is due to the fact that one of the best Radiohead tracks to date, Go Slowly can only be found on the bonus second disc.
At any rate, if somehow you haven’t heard, Radiohead is an English Alternative Rock band from good ol’ Oxfordshire (which sounds like a bit of a juxtaposition if you ask me), led by Mr. Thom Yorke. This album marks their first major album release that wasn’t on a music label contract. Also, the opportunity was given to fans to donate what they wanted for the new album, and the response was overwhelmingly positive, with many people paying well over the retail amount for this masterpiece. Over the years, the band has incorporated electronic elements to the primarily down tempo mood, which in my opinion was quite the welcome addition to the arsenal. Also, the lyrics on the latest album hit home to a lot of issues that we deal with on an everyday basis, using clever, albeit simple metaphors. A good and easy example is found in the first track 15 Step, with the line, “First you reel me out and then you cut the string.” Which doesn’t sound like the du jour of lyrics, but surrounded by the frantic, yet eerily controlled instrumentals and noises, it pulls you in to what I believe to be one of the best albums of the year.
Anywho; I’ll keep this report brief. Listen up for the tracks Bodysnatchers, Reckoner, and Jigsaw Falling into Place (possibly one of the greatest songs and interesting subject matter approach in quite a while if not evar!) on the first disc. But if you got the chance to purchase (or otherwise acquire) the second disc, then give Go Slowly, Up On the Ladder, and Bangers and Mash a little TLC.
Oh, and before I forget, I know some of you are thinking, “But Flak, didn’t this album come out on December 31st of 2007?” And I get that, sure, but really, it’s that good, I pushed it back a day.