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4 stars Is this prog? barely ... but who cares when it is good music? This is an album where Radiohead did their best to make good complex, and accessible music without going as far as the genre 'Progressive Rock' (Kid A). There is a lot to like here, and while I do not believe it is not a masterpiece as people call it, It is a very important rock album that shocked the World. And while the title might fool you, it is not very electronic.

1. Airbag : An alternative rock classic, and the best song from the album. It has the feeling and style of 'Smells like Teen Spirit' but it more complex, has better drumming (that you can dance with it) 10/10 2. Paranoid Android : Easily the most prog-like song in the album. It switches moods smoothly and there is brilliant guitar work in here. A classic from the band, and I agree. 8/10

3. Subterranean Homesick Alien : this song seems to be influenced by Pink Floyd and jazz. It isa dreamy song with beautiful organ and guitar work. 8.5/10

4. Exit Music (For a Film) : A depressing song that is fit perfectly in Romeo And Juliet. If you are depressed, you should not hear this song. I like the acoustic work, and especially the haunting mellotron/synth in the second half. 8.5/10

5. Let Down : A nice but not outstanding calmed track that is a little more upbeat than the depressing Exit Music. 7/10

6. Karma Police : An upbeat melodic pop song. The piano playing here is pretty and this is the only song that sounds happy. 7/10

7. Fitter Happier : filler, yet an important part of the album. Here you can hear optimism in the lyrics. The haunting piano in the background is perfect.

8. Electionnering : It starts promising enough with the loud guitar riffs, but it keeps going and does not sound that interesting. It lacks the texture and smart music that most of the album has, making it sound like a Alternative rock song. 5/10

9. Climbing up the Walls : A good dark and creepy song with a good instrumental break. The band really excels on wanting to bring a certain mood in their songs 7/10

10. No Suprises : Well, as the title says ... it has no surprises and is not very interesting. 5/10

11. Lucky : A melancholic sounding song with very nice singing. The chorus is excellent. The instrumental break sounds like the guitar work in Homeworld's (Yes) coda. 7/10

12. The Tourist 7.5/10 : The most influenced song by Pink Floyd. It is very atmospheric and melodic. The guitar work is excellent. The vocal harmonies created by keyboards in the background fit in well.

This is a perfect album for those who want to take a break from Garden of Dreams and Starless. I think it is easily the best alternative rock album I ever heard, which may be because of the few prog elements and complexity. Go get it if you want a non-prog album

My Grade : B

Zitro | 4/5 |


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