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3 stars Radiohead - In Rainbows

Short and simple:

This new one from Radiohead is, altogether, pretty good, albeit nothing near a masterpiece for various reasons. First off I'd like to say that anyone who like Radiohead at all, be it one album, a few songs, or heavily, should probably own this album, as it is definitely a great collection of songs if nothing else--very worth trying out, and I'd even say it's not a bad album to start out with, as it is musically accessible, and shows a culmination of pretty much all the styles the band has tried out previous to this release.

Essentially, this one's nothing but 10 good-to-great songs that have been floating around the Radiohead catalog for some time now, and have finally been put to production. Each song is its own little bit of the band's sound, and each song encompasses its own atmosphere and unique sound--something akin to pretty much any Radiohead song.

Considering the band's previous releases, it is odd that this one feels like nothing more than a collection of songs; there is no album consistency or is just song after song, which slightly lowers the overall appeal of the album, considering that this is something the band is relatively well known for. In Rainbows is a collection of songs that are every bit as good as anything else they've released, but the album itself feels a bit less compelling because of this lack of flowing consistency, and I consider this a major drawback. Of all of their albums, this is the one that sounds the least unified (barring their debut), which to me seems.strange, to say the very least.

The album itself is a bit too short; however, this isn't exactly a viable complaint considering there is a bonus disc. Truthfully, however, the bonus disc isn't of the highest quality, featuring only two good songs, and I do think that those two should have just been included on the album itself, and then the whole issue may have been dealt with.

The songs are great in their own right (well, all except for the boring "House of Cards" and the disappointing "Videotape") and if you consider yourself a Radiohead fan at all, you should check the album out because of this fact alone. If you're interested in the best albums of 2007 however, this one's not necessarily the best place to start. an album, In Rainbows scores something around a 6.5 or a 7 on my scale--3 stars on this one.

Figglesnout | 3/5 |


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