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Album Review
mike

Radiohead: In Rainbows
2008
Self-released
Produced by Nigel Godrich
Engineered by Hugoth Nicolson, Nigel Godrich, Richard Woodcraft, and Dan Grech-Marguerat
Mixed by NIgel Godrich
Mastered by Bob Ludwig

3 out of 5 mics

News of this album excited me. The music on the album doesn't quite live up to my expectations. Mind you - I'm a HUGE Radiohead fan. They're one of the best bands...uh, ever. And this album is pretty great. Just not as great as I was hoping for.
Thom Yorke ((singer/guitarist/songwriter/genius)) is sounding a little subdued this time around. His voice, and his delivery are missing the urgency that always grabs me when listening to Radiohead.

There is some experimentation going on here ((without which it just wouldn't be Radiohead)), but it's not anything really new when compared with Kid A and Amnesiac. Yes, they are still pulling out some neat tricks with the help of Nigel Godrich but the tricks aren't pushing boundaries like they used to.

The engineering and production are slick as ever, but the sound is not as energetic as on their previous 4 albums. The songs are pretty dense, but they are well arranged and are sparse when they need to be.

I'm not sure what they could have done to really blow me away with this album except write a few more really great songs, and leave off a few that are slightly below par. 'Bodysnatchers', 'Nude', 'All I Need', and 'Reckoner' are outstanding songs.

How could a band that gave us Ok Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac, and Hail To The Thief ((all in a row!)) possibly continue to amaze? Well, they don't, sort of, I guess. Certainly In Rainbows blows away 97% of everything else released in the last year, but for a Radiohead album it just doesn't quite measure up.