Acoustic guitar, piano, treated piano, electric guitar, busy bass, and background snare-dominated drums populate the soundscape as Thom sings within the psychedelia. In this day and age when so much of what passes for modern music is inane and unimaginative drivel I find any outfit that dares to be different rather refreshing, even if what they produce ain't my cup of tea exactly. Songs become anti-songs, and you never know what's waiting around the corner. Again, I hold their spunkiness in high esteem but there's a lot of hit and miss going on here. Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong 4:41 03. Lozenge Of Love unplugged 2:15 05.
I should note that I'm not inclined to make a huge deal out of the warped and reversed vocals tucked near the end, with Yorke making various allusions to the end of his long-term relationship; I genuinely thought the first half dozen times I listened that the last 30 seconds was supposed to be snoring and then cellos imitating snoring, and that's kinda the way I prefer it. To their credit, the band did not rest on their laurels as the mainstream's darling art rock band, pushing the envelope much further upon the release of 2000's 'Kid A'. It sounds simple but is a very challenging song to sing because of it's jumps in range. Otherwise, this might be considered a pretty ingenious little song. I am sure most everyone has heard this one, but if you haven't, then you need to, it's absolutely beautiful and heartfelt, one of my all time favorite songs.
Idioteque Canal Studios - 04-28-01 4:13 11. Lyrically, it's sort of a warning that if you didn't find what you were looking for previously, maybe you should try something different, which is what the band was doing here, going against being labeled as a certain kind of band. Climbing Up A Bloody Great Hill 02. Not a single track is out of place. It also opened up a lot of listener's minds to experimental, non-typical rock. Thinking About You 2:59 13.
Brush the Cobwebs out of the Sky. I Might Be Wrong 4:52 03. There is just a slight feeling of not being as cohesive as it could have been, and a couple of the tracks are a little too repetitive and weak, but for the most part, it is still an excellent album. This is both an earnest compliment and a slightly backhanded one; it's nice to hear a collection of polished and meticulously crafted material that shows Radiohead playing to its considerable strengths, on the one hand, but it's kinda somewhat fascinating to me, on the other hand, to hear them continue to cling so closely to their preferred approaches in style and mood, on the other. There is a lot more electronic effects throughout this song, but it still retains it's melodic side, so it's not a complete turn to the experimental side yet. My Iron Lung 4:36 08. This one is another favorite.
How Can You Be Sure 10. Along with the typical guitar-based music, you get looped recordings, electronic manipulation, vocal manipulation, and drum machines. The other five tracks are. . Another tope three song for me. Million Dollar Question 3:18 07. The lyrics are sparse but portray hope that a change for good is coming.
Daytona 500 - Ghostface Panzah Zandahz Iron Lung Remix 3:05 05. Check out the thick atmosphere after 4 minutes. The deviation from single time signature to more polyrhythmic effect in the third minute gives the song a bit more interest--but almost to the distraction of the vocal. It's grown to an easy 4 stars and if it continues to grow I'll be back to adjust my rating. For them especially Thom himself , either what is acoustic or how electronic ought to be should not be cared, and it's natural they represent what boils up in their inner space. This resulted in their next step towards a more progressive sound, and you can hear the steps taken throughout this album towards that style. A Wolf at the Door.
How To Disappear Completely Canal Studios - 04-28-01 5:57 09. Not a lot of excitement being generated. No multitempo nor tone change can be heard but enthusiasm and powerful intention for production always addict the audience perfectly. The only issue here is this, is it worth searching for? A slow rhythm is established with shimmering guitars and Thom's vocals start. It climaxes in a nifty sci-fi splash.
. Yorke said it was included because it came from a different place than the original and it just felt right. Where Bluebirds Fly 4:31 03. Garnering massive success thanks to a huge hit single, Radiohead turned a cold shoulder to the mainstream and recorded 'The Bends', which, while still firmly in the modern-rock mold, didn't make concessions to the mainstream's expectations. I would've enjoyed hearing a tad more structure at times like I heard on 'Kid A' but my hat's off to them for not being predictable. Killer Cars unplugged 2:14 14. I Might Be Wrong 4:54 06.
Pop Is Dead 2:13 16. Everyone Needs Someone To Hate 06. Capitalizing on this newfound freedom to go anywhere with their music, the band released 'Amnesiac' a year later, often looked at as the companion piece to 'Kid A'. It is also a more traditional meter than most of the songs on the album. The backwards vocals were reversed and then recorded against other instruments, and that is why the first verse has that backward-sounding effect, yet you can still understand the lyrics. Climbing Up The Walls Fila Brazillia Mix 6:26 09. It consists of a repeating echoing guitar and is later joined by orchestrated sounds.