New Radiohead Album - Your Reviews

New Radiohead Album - Your Reviews

There are 10 comments on the Beat 106 story from Oct 10, 2007, titled New Radiohead Album - Your Reviews. In it, Beat 106 reports that:

“In parts beautiful, moving and sweeping.”

"Utter garbage" or "A masterpiece"? We're asking you to review the new Radiohead album 'In Rainbows' for Xfm... And you have been. via Beat 106

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Alex Laviola

Woodbury, NY

#1 Oct 10, 2007
After listening to this album 3 times in its entirety, I started to feel that Radiohead has changed, finally... Again. I think the best way to explain the album is that it achieves what 'Hail to the Thief did' not. Catchy guitar, cohesive synth, all while remaining a conceptual Radiohead album. I wish there was a way to dissect and re-equate Radiohead albums to see if what you've got not only measures up, but satisfies.
Well... I tried. And this one does.
My favorite thing about this album is that it moves and transcends sound much like OK Computer did. The songs have an incredible range. Bodysnatchers was the first song I became connected to. Waiting this long for an album, you just need something to rock to. And this song does rock. But finally Radiohead did something it failed to do on Hail to the Thief: It gave you more songs, on such a different plain, that you simply moved on from one song to the next. You become unattatched, allowing for a truly song-oriented album to evolve.
In Rainbows also has the atmosphere of Amnesiac. Only this time the mind-filling resonance is accentuating guitars and piano, and not quite keyboards and "pots and pans". I could imagine perfectly Dollars and Cents appearing on this album.
But how much do I know? Radiohead is unique enough not to be grasped immediately, intricate enough not to be understood for a while, and risky enough to be hesitant in your first few thoughts and judgements. At least, for me, there was no hesitation. This is a stand-out album for the world's most important band. Radiohead has picked up the guitars and seems to have built a new foundation out of what they do best... Change music.

Shubenacadie, Canada

#2 Oct 10, 2007
Alex nailed it for me as well. It's too easy for quasi-fans to try to relate a Radiohead album to it's predecessors (which is why most fans of The Bends have no idea what RH has been up to since).

In Rainbows for me, as with the past few albums (along with Thom's 'The Eraser") will have the usual "grow-to-love-you" appeal that I have come to appreciate from Radiohead. While most "beat-listeners" will not make heads or tails of this venture, I can tell already that it will soon creep into my top 3 iPod albums.

Personally, my fav album so far has been Kid A, with candidates for fav song spanning all titles.

Early favorite from In Rainbows - Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

Windsor, CA

#3 Oct 10, 2007
and phil selway actually sucks. which makes all those parts where the drums come in and its supposed to be really thrilling and it's actually completely ineffective sort of sad.

Shubenacadie, Canada

#4 Oct 10, 2007
leeroy wrote:
and phil selway actually sucks. which makes all those parts where the drums come in and its supposed to be really thrilling and it's actually completely ineffective sort of sad.
True to a point. But Phil drove the last 3 albums with tunes like National Anthem, 2+2=5 and Myxomatosis. These songs are back to melody, texture and emotion.

Frisco, TX

#5 Oct 10, 2007
I'm disappointed with some of the tracks.'All I Need','Jigsaw Falling Into Place', and 'Videotape' all sounded much better in the live versions available on the internets. When 'Jigsaw' was called 'Open Pick', it was much more powerful and engaging. And for some reason, the album version of 'Videotape' cuts out the two best parts of the live version: the scale progression in the middle and Phil's sweet drumline that kicks in at the end.'All I Need' doesn't seem as interesting anymore. Oh well, what do you expect when you sit on an album for so long...

By the way, the statement that Phil Selway's drumming sucks is completely inaccurate.

Sidney, Canada

#6 Oct 29, 2007
i liked the album itself but am a little unhappy with the production values. bodysnatchers in particular. there is imbalance in the sound.
with radiohead you never know though; it could have been done on purpose. i'm hoping that when the official CD is released these problems will have been corrected.

early favs: nude, jigsaw falling into place.

early not-favs: bodysnatchers, videotape.

Sheffield, UK

#7 Oct 29, 2007
I wasn't all that impressed with 'Hail to the Theif' to quite honest but I haven't listened to anything else since downloading a copy of In Rainbows. This is by far a better album,'dollar and cents' is one of my favourite tracks of all time from Radiohead, like Alex said, I could imagine it appearing on this album without a doubt. Perhaps this is why I like the album, it's very moody. Weird Fishes and Reckoner jump out at me as classic Radiohead tracks. I love this album and can see me playing this until its death.

Early Favs: Reckoner, Weird Fishes, 15 Step, Faust Arp, Jigsaw falling into Place

Early not-favs: Nude, All I Need, House of Cards

Adelaide, Australia

#8 Nov 7, 2007
i think this album is brilliant so far, and no, phil selway doesnt suck hes a great drummer.
probably their best since kid A i reckon

early favs: reckoner, all i need, nude, 15 step, videotape

early not faves: faust arp, house of cards
David H

Liverpool, NY

#9 Nov 18, 2007
I had a playlist of live songs on youtube that I listened to so many times, that I got used to them. Then when I heard 'all I need' for the first time on the radio, I was a bit upset at the changes. But like with most radiohead, It grew on me quickly. great stuff. I think reckoner is my favorite by far. love the cymbal work.

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#10 Mar 2, 2008
maybe this is the top Radiohead album, the more mature creation and it worths every minute we were waiting for its release. What can we say for the album. A great mixture of up and slow tempo tracks, some great ballads, all following the absolutely unique sound of Radiohead.

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