One of my favorite albums from Radiohead, i remember very well the release of this album because they sold it online and the price was not defined so you could pay what you wanted. Released independently on 2007 after the break of their contract with EMI, it was a two years process. “BodySnatchers” is a song that you should use when you are in the rush at the morning, it is perfect for that! “Nude” makes me wanna cry, don’t listen it when you are sad. The most incredible track that i ever heard: “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” given the ethereal guitar riff, the voice of Thom Yorke, the “in crescendo” of the chords that put up you in the sky and that lets you levitate for minutes, submerged in the deep of your thoughts, and suddenly breaks your peace with the weird sound of the synth and the voice of Yorke that tells you “Scape, Scape” and make you fall to the earth again. Faust Arp sounds like one of your friends is next to you using it and singing for you. Reckoner is another great song for me, the use of the piano and the voice of Yorke is really great here, the way that the band builds up the tension and use violins really demonstrates the quality of their sound. Finally “Jigsaw Falling into Place” is the most indie side with lyrics that inspired me to write a love letter. This album is one of the best works that they have, you should listen to it, i mean it.
For your pleasure, as usual, i leave the direct download link for the album here. Radiohead – In Rainbows (direct download): Radiohead – In Rainbows
OutofTheRadioSelecta: In Rainbows in Spotify: Selection in Spotify of the Best Tunes in The Album
Ok Computer, the third album from Radiohead released on 1997 just celebrated his 20th anniversary. Released back then when The Verve was in the radio with Urban Hymns, Bjork with Homogenic, Foo Fighters The Colour and The Shape, between other great albums that made an era. This one was considered as the best album of the year, reaching the number 1 in UK, this album changed the way that the Britpop developed, turning it into a more melancholic and ethereal sound, opening the gate for groups like Coldplay, The Verve and Yo la Tengo. Inspired by Bitches Brew of Miles Davis and A Day in The Life by The Beatles, Yorke said that “the band hoped to achieve an atmosphere that’s perhaps a bit shocking when you first hear it, but only as shocking as the atmosphere on The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds”, the band present us gems like Airbag, with heartbreakers guitar riffs and drums that set the feeling of the melancholic style that characterizes their sound, with lyrics that said “I am born again, In a fast german car, I’m amazed that I survived, An airbag saved my life, In an interstellar burst, I am back to save the universe” lyrics that signals a new chance, a new opportunity, a new day. Paranoid Android, influenced by “Happiness is a warm gun” by the Beatles and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, this song takes his name from Marvin, the paranoid android, i watched the video of this song when I was I child and it scared me, this song is the most successful one in the album given the progressive sound that it develop, Subterranean homesick alien, another great song, the name was took from “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan, and is generated from the question: How you’ll see the earth if you were and alien? Exit Music (For a film), creates an in crescendo state joined to the voice of Yorke, taking you on a seesaw that is a down-up-and down again to a great finish. Let down and Karma Police shows how this band reached their best moment in one album. “No matter what you do, at the end the karma police will come to reach you”, Radiohead closes an album that was one of the greatest in the 90’s, and one that you should listen.
Radiohead brings their sixth studio album, with a sound that falls between jazz, electronic and rock. They reached the No.1 in the UK as with previous works. Released in 2003, amongst their competitors were Elephant from The White Stripes, Absolution from Muse, Room on Fire from The Strokes, Fever to tell from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, between others; pretty good competition for this album that had been qualified at Number 3 between the best albums in that year. The group said that “Hail to the Thief isn’t a protest album, and that’s why it works so well, as with great Radiohead records past, such as Kid A, the music — restlessly, freakishly inventive — pushes politics far into the background”. “2+2=5” begins with the sound of Jonny Greenwood plugging his guitar, as the song start, the ethereal voice with the electronic beats makes us expect for the rage, finding it at the middle of the song with lyrics that say “You can scream and you can shout it’s too late now because you have not been Payin’ attention! Payin’ attention!”. Sail to the Moon starts very well with piano played in low tempo meanwhile Yorke sings “Maybe you’ll be president but know right from wrong”, this song can make you travel in your head if you want it to. Where I End and You Begin is probably the best song in the album, a progressive sound of the guitar with electronic synths and Yorke saying “I will eat you alive, there will be no more lies”. Scatterbrain, sounds and remind us to the sound that Radiohead had in the album Kid A, a song similar to How to disappear completely, Finally, A Wolf at The Door, is probably one of the most powerful tunes in the history of Radiohead that leaves you asking for more, rather than that, this song is waking you up and it’s like ‘uhh, it’s all been a lovely dream’… no, it’s all been a nightmare and you need to go and get a glass of water now…”. Radiohead leaves us a good album, not so good as Ok Computer, but representing their characteristic soul: ethereal sounds that can make you travel in your chair, as you walk or in you sleep.
Download Link: Hail to The Thief (Special Edition – 2CDs)