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December 9, 2007

Top of 2007: Radiohead's "In Rainbows"

"In Rainbows" is Radiohead's newest (7th) album. It was released two months ago as a download for a price that you could name (even $0). As far as albums go for 2007, "In Rainbows" probably falls into my Top 3. Apparently, the first single off the album will be "Jigsaw Falling Into Place," which is surprising to me because I don't think that it is the strongest track on the album. Not bad, but not spectacular for "In Rainbows."

Please give the tracks below a listen. Some people are writing "In Rainbows" off for not being "experimental enough." What characterizes experimental music anyway? Unpredictability? Complete uniqueness? And what defines a band as being "experimental?" I think it's unreasonable to expect a band, who was initially defined as being experimental, to continue producing music that is unlike anything else. As time goes on and more artists experiment, ground-breaking composition and performance techniques can become more common. Not that Radiohead's sound is common in any way. There's definitely an evolution in their sound from album to album. Anyway, what I expected from Radiohead was a solid album, and they definitely surpassed that expectation.

If you don't have this album, you need to get it immediately. Hopefully, you had a chance to download this album for free. The name-your-price download ended on December 10th (London time). But, you should find a way to acquire it, because it is AMAZING and not to be missed. World tour starts in May!

Bodysnatchers - Radiohead

15 Step - Radiohead

Reckoner - Radiohead

Jigsaw Falling Into Place - Radiohead

Buy it here.


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