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IN RAINBOWS

Radiohead

 

Crossover Prog

3.78 | 414 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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4 stars I am a casual Radiohead fan, but after a half-dozen thoughtful listens of In Rainbows I am starting to think I might become a dedicated one: this is great stuff!

Each song is impeccably recorded and played, featuring strong songwriting and layers of dense sound. The lights and light and the heavies are heavy, with Yorke's iconic voice flittering between on the ether. He can be a make-or-break aspect of the band's impression on the listener, and as someone who was always a little turned off by his voice I can say that he is much more approachable here.

To me, In Rainbows is more of a collection of moods than music, thanks to the creative production and performances by Brien (guitar) and Greenwood (keys). Both players are consummate pros of their craft, working with the stripped down rhythm section to weave truly beautiful sounds. There are few solos to speak of, which makes those moments of stand-up instrumental shouts that much more punctuated. Atmosphere and feeling is the name of the game here.

I can't speak for In Rainbow's place in the band's library, but I will say that it is a worthy listen in itself; maybe not the most groundbreaking, but still very enjoyable. Recommended for a mellow listen.

Songwriting: 4 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

Prog Leviathan | 4/5 |

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