Radiohead's seventh studio album In Rainbows was probably most known for its innovative pay-what-you-want digital release ahead of the physical editions. A decision which received a mixed response but had massive implications on the future of the music industry. The music was a more gentle and pastoral take their usual blend of arty rock topped off with what sounded like a cat yowling to get in from the cold. Now available on vinyl and CD and we tell you what you are paying for it so don't argue.
Vinyl LP £19.69 XLLP324
LP on XL.
CD £12.99 XLCD324
CD on XL.
Anyway In Rainbows is by far the least adventurous Radiohead album of recent years. Though it builds on past strengths and relies on great tunes rather than experimentation (though bits of that hang lurking in the background if you listen closely). Am listening with headphones now and it's doing much more for me being immersed in the whole thing. About 60% of this album is amazing which by today's standards of 1 or 2 good tunes chucked onto an album is no mean feat. The forthcoming single Jigsaw Falling Into Place is the jewel in the crown here as it's (put very simply) brilliant. Stick with it anyway cos it grows and you'll have hidden gems revealed. So if you're yearning for Radiohead to adopt a more simplistic approach, this has got your name written all over it (we can write your name on it if that adds to the effect..).
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