It is very typical of Radiohead. These are “rock” songs in name only. Complex layers of electronics form quasi-minimalist sound over understated bass and drums – the latter in rhythms that are often derived from recorded loops rather than “beats” and thus can’t always be counted evenly. As always, the lyrics can’t be easily heard or understood – this always seems to be on purpose; so that the vocal line is merely another part of the instrumental music (one is reminded of Sigur Ros’ “Parenthesis” and several of Stephan Micus’ works, where there are no actual words in the lyrics).
Careful listening reveals other influences. Melodically a few of the tunes (particularly “Lotus Flower”) recall the Beatles, though this is not obvious because it sounds completely different. “Codex”, with its slow mysterious keyboard and heavy reverb, could be a lost track by Pink Floyd. The electronica underneath some of the pieces resembles similar music by FourTet; there are even hints of Jon Hassel’s electro-trumpet experimentation – which seems to be gaining more and more cultural significance.
All of that said, this is not a mishmash. Somehow it all comes together like a larger composition in several movements – always a plus for a “pop” album that is basically a collection of unrelated songs. It’s well worth listening to at least once.
This album is a really beautiful listening experience. I can't wait to hear what comes next out from this original group
Hugely underrated and Radioheads most deepest lyrics
This is one of my favorite Radiohead albums. It is great for night driving, snowy/rainy days, or date nights. If you like Radiohead, check out front man Thom Yorke's solo album and his other project, Atoms for Peace, with Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
A great album, but not 'radiohead great' 9/10 (best tracks: bloom, lotus flower, codex, separator)
It's hard to know how to truthfully rank this album- is it an "average" Radiohead album, or an excellent on its own terms? I decided for the latter as, in the end, I liked it but felt it was very much another stop on the continuum that started with Kid A.
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