Friday, October 12, 2007

In Rainbows

So? Verdict?



Blogger Cary said...

I'm really digging and it and have been since the first listen. One of those records I'm perfectly content to let repeat over and over.

The first thing I was struck by was how clean, high-pitched, close-mic'ed and forward the drums were, even as they play largely unchangig little grooves. I thought of how Johnny Greenwood curated that dub/reggae comp earlier this year, and it seems to me that that feel is very present on the album, complete with sparse rim shots, lots of high hat and one-drop-like moves.

They're just a startlingly good band, even 10 years after what seemed destined to be their masterpiece. But with the exception (at least for me), of Hail to the Thief, they just keep putting out great albums. It seems to me like this is something of a synthesis album, working out an appropriate, interesting role for the guitars and piano in the post-Kid A world of loop-based, highly textural Radiohead. Pyramid Song feels like a bit of a template here.

My favorite tracks right now are "House of Cards", "Reckoner" and "All I Need." Incidentally, does this "All I Need" not remind anyone else of the Method Man/Mary J. Blige "You're All I Need" from the 90s? I haven't heard that one since 1996, but not even yet knowing the song title, I was weirdly reminded of it. !15 Step is pretty great. I feel like I'm still getting to know the acoustic songs like "Nude" and "Faust Arp," but I already like em. I'm least attached to the record's up-tempo, high-hat-ridin rockers like "Bodysnatchers" & Jigsaw Falling Into Place.

But a really strong record, I think. Kind of all I want to listen to right now.


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