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3.56 | 59 ratings | 3 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Eraser (4:53)
2. Analyse (4:05)
3. The Clock (4:14)
4. Black Swan (4:48)
5. Skip Divided (3:33)
6. Atoms For Peace (5:12)
7. And It Rained All Night (4:20)
8. Harrowdown Hill (4:36)
9. Cymbal Rush (5:10)

Total time 40:51

Line-up / Musicians

- Thom Yorke / performer, composer, arrangements

- Nigel Godrich / performer, arrangements, mixing & production
- Jonny Greenwood / piano (1)

Releases information

Artwork: Stanley Donwood

CD XL Recordings ‎- XLCD200 (2006, Europe)

LP XL Recordings ‎- XLLP200 (2006, Europe)

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THOM YORKE The Eraser ratings distribution

(59 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (10%)

THOM YORKE The Eraser reviews

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Review by Neu!mann
3 stars The first solo album by RADIOHEAD's primary spokesperson was cut from the same high-tech cloth as his band's post "OK Computer" efforts, with lots of electronic blips and squeaks and lacking the reassurance of a genuine rhythm section. Perhaps not surprisingly, it sounds very much like a package of homemade demos for a never produced Radiohead album, and as such offers a valuable peek into the creative gears of that (rightfully) praised group (guitarist Jonny Greenwood's atmospheric chamber- orchestra soundtrack to the film "There Will Be Blood" is another missing link in the same aesthetic chain).

The too-slim 41-minute running time (barely album length in a digital age) includes at least one potential classic: "Analyse", easily the most overtly Radiohead-like song of the entire set. It could have been an outtake from the "Kid A" or "Amnesiac" sessions, and thus from my not unbiased perspective is the best thing here.

Elsewhere the album presents a brace of post-modern ballads for our wired new millennium, showing what a single motivated artist with a laptop is capable of. Bandmate Jonny Greenwood is on hand for support, but only on piano; Yorke himself is otherwise given credit for 'all instruments and programming'. But of course these days the programs 'are' the instruments.

The results aren't entirely as antiseptic as you might expect, however. The singer's quavering voice provides a welcome human touchstone in what can sometimes seem like a sterile technological experience. Listen for example to the song "Atoms For Peace", and tell me he doesn't remind you of Joni Mitchell: an odd comparison maybe, but not an unflattering one (I hope).

Bottom line: it's a valuable windfall to latter-day Radiohead fans starved for new material, and a worthwhile diversion for students of electronic music who might have been wondering about the legacy of Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Basically, if you like the trippy, electronic Radiohead sound from albums like King of Limbs, then you'll like this album. If not, there's really no need to bother, but it actually is a very strong effort. It would be easy for The Eraser to have turned out as a sort of Radiohead B-material collect ... (read more)

Report this review (#490890) | Posted by Earendil | Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I'm apparently in the minority, but I believe THE ERASER to be superior to the fine but over- rated IN RAINBOWS CD. (Apparently Kanye West also believes this, according to reports.) Yorke was working on both simultaneously, and for me his heart was clearly in this, his first solo album. I think ... (read more)

Report this review (#249888) | Posted by jude111 | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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