Radiohead: In Rainbows (2007)


Radiohead
In Rainbows; 2007
Self-Released
My Rating: 100/100
The Bible tells us that the rainbow is the sign of God’s promise to never smite the earth with a world-wide flood again, a sign of perpetual joy and a hopeful tomorrow to all of mankind. With this, Radiohead became the type of band that one needs to thank God for in their prayers every night. While there aren’t many signs of outright optimism in Radiohead’s music, this is the record where the Oxford five re-discovered the joy of making music, something they may not have had since before “Creep.” When I speak of joy, I’m not referring to sunny feelings and corny sing-a-longs NECESSARILY (gotta give a shout out to the Wilco boyz here); it’s more like a freedom of creativity, being unshackled from the past, hopeful about what tomorrow may bring. For this reason, IN RAINBOWS is a joyful and HIGHLY ENJOYABLE record. The band sounds at ease with the songs, which gives them an extra dimension (warmth?) that HAIL TO THIEF lacked, and it’s really delightful to hear what they did with old tracks “Nude” and “Reckoner.” “15 Step” is the band’s most energizing opener since “Airbag” (all due respect to “Everything In Its Right Place”, which is more transporting than energizing), and with “Videotape”, the band comes close to channeling the same dark muse that haunted “Street Spirit.” Elsewhere, “All I Need” and “House of Cards” are big highlights, and the album as a whole has that seamless flow that is crucial to a perfect record. United in concept, monumental in consequence (there’s plenty to read about this elsewhere), holding together like a classic record should, IN RAINBOWS is the type of album that makes it great to be alive. (Weird, huh?)
Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Consequence (5/5)
Consistency (5/5)
Tracks:
1. 15 Step (5/5)
2. Bodysnatchers (5/5)
3. Nude (5/5)
4. Arpeggi (Weird Fishes) (5/5)
5. All I Need (5/5)
6. Faust Arp (5/5)
7. Reckoner (5/5)
8. House of Cards (5/5)
9. Jigsaw Falling into Place (5/5)
10. Videotape (5/5)

In_Rainbows_Official_CoverRadiohead
In Rainbows; 2007
Self-Released

My Rating: 100/100

The Bible tells us that the rainbow is the sign of God’s promise to never smite the earth with a world-wide flood again, a sign of perpetual joy and a hopeful tomorrow to all of mankind. With this, Radiohead became the type of band that one needs to thank God for in their prayers every night. While there aren’t many signs of outright optimism in Radiohead’s music, this is the record where the Oxford five re-discovered the joy of making music, something they may not have had since before “Creep.” When I speak of joy, I’m not referring to sunny feelings and corny sing-a-longs NECESSARILY (gotta give a shout out to the Wilco boyz here); it’s more like a freedom of creativity, being unshackled from the past, hopeful about what tomorrow may bring. For this reason, IN RAINBOWS is a joyful and HIGHLY ENJOYABLE record. The band sounds at ease with the songs, which gives them an extra dimension (warmth?) that HAIL TO THIEF lacked, and it’s really delightful to hear what they did with old tracks “Nude” and “Reckoner.” “15 Step” is the band’s most energizing opener since “Airbag” (all due respect to “Everything In Its Right Place”, which is more transporting than energizing), and with “Videotape”, the band comes close to channeling the same dark muse that haunted “Street Spirit.” Elsewhere, “All I Need” and “House of Cards” are big highlights, and the album as a whole has that seamless flow that is crucial to a perfect record. United in concept, monumental in consequence (there’s plenty to read about this elsewhere), holding together like a classic record should, IN RAINBOWS is the type of album that makes it great to be alive. (Weird, huh?)

Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Consequence (5/5)
Consistency (5/5)

Tracks:

1. 15 Step (5/5)
2. Bodysnatchers (5/5)
3. Nude (5/5)
4. Arpeggi (Weird Fishes) (5/5)
5. All I Need (5/5)
6. Faust Arp (5/5)
7. Reckoner (5/5)
8. House of Cards (5/5)
9. Jigsaw Falling into Place (5/5)
10. Videotape (5/5)

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