In Rainbows

Most bands I know would be over the moon to secure a record deal, but not Radiohead - just the opposite it seems. In celebration of the termination of their contract with EMI, the normally glum Oxford quintet have released an album that is beautifully sparse, upliftingly melodic and at times even … happy. Treading boldy between avant-rock and avante-pop, In Rainbows is a wonderfully minimalist contruction. Every piece has purpose, from the piano-synth bassline of ‘All I Need’ to the brilliantly contained rock guitar line that propels ‘Body Snatchers’, the band have trimmed everything extraneous or gratuitous. Over the top floats Thom Yorke’s vocal, with scattergun lyrics that pop in and out of focus like flicking through a notebook or catching a conversation on a tram. Famously released online, the album is now available to buy on CD, with artwork that shows once more that the band’s attention to detail goes well beyond the music. Another Radiohead album, another masterpiece … it would be boring if they weren’t all so good.

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In Rainbows

In Rainbows

Radiohead

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