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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was recorded in actress Jane Seymour's mansion while she was away filming Dr.Quinn, Medicine Woman. I wonder if the mansion is haunted ? I can tell you the music on this record is ! This album is less "alternative" sounding then their previous record "The Bends" and even boasts a lot of Post-Rock style guitar work and mellotron as well. This is sad, dreamy, spacey and haunting for the most part as the band started to experiment with their guitar sounds in a big way. Of course the experimentation would continue and expand even more on their next record "Kid A". I remember getting some money for my birthday in July of 1998 and going out and purchasing this cd on Saturday along with a couple of other cds, and finding out tragic news the next night that caused me to not listen to it for the longest time because I was in mourning. My world stopped.

"Airbag" opens with some heavy guitar and mellotron and the bass lines are great too. There is a Post Rock feel to the guitar playing as well. "Paranoid Android" is perhaps the best song they have ever done and it is my favourite from the band anyway. The vocals are fantastic as is the guitar. Light drums and some nice bass until 3 minutes in when the song really kicks in with some scorching guitar. It then becomes very haunting with Yorke's mournful vocals until it kicks in again at the 6 minute mark. Great tune ! "Subterranean Homesick Alien" has some more Post Rock style guitar work in this dreamy, atmospheric tune. I kept thinking it was going to explode but it doesn't. "Exit Music (For A Film)" has reserved, sad vocals in this mellotron drenched tune with more Post Rock guitars. "Let Down" is a hypnotizing song with double tracked vocals. This song is all about the vocals especially 4 minutes in.

"Karma Police" opens with piano and is quite catchy. Another great tune ! "Fitter Happier" is part of "Karma Police" like part 2 really. It is filled with statements on how to have a fitter and happier life. Mellotron in the background. "Electioneering" has a fun guitar intro that comes and goes. Hey, a happy song ! They must have been listening to the previous song or were afraid the karma police were nearby. Some aggressive guitar later. "Climbing Up the Walls" is a dark,experimental sounding song with mellotron. Violins are used to end the song with some "white noise". "Surprises" is a charming song that's hard to dislike with it's nursery rhyme- like melody. "Lucky" is a melancholic song with mellotron.The guitar before 4 minutes is good. "The Tourist" is a dreamy, laid back song with mellotron. Listening to this song is like enjoying a day off laying on the beach.

There is no question that this is one of the most influential albums of all time, and in my opinion RADIOHEAD's finest moment. 4.5 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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