Album Charlie Discovers Radiohead
posted by March 4 at 12:23 PMon
Charlie, the 8th grade Blacklight Kid has gotten current with his latest review. In Rainbows is the first Radiohead album Charlie has ever heard. He’ll be working his way through their catalogue in reverse order. He loves vinyl. He is fourteen years old. (Previous Charlie reviews – here.)
You have to respect the way Radiohead released In Rainbows. People decided their own cost. This album conquers major labels, challenges morality, and defines immortality.
I got the vinyl and I recommend you acquire it in some form.
The opening track “15 Step” is energetic. “How come I end up where I started” is how Yorke starts the song. This track has a candy bass line delivered by Colin Greenwood that will inhabit you. “House of Cards” is also excellent. There is a fuzzed up violin that plays off of Yorke’s voice.
The key track for me is “Nude”. This somber dirge of a song is very minor and cold. Yorke sings in a tormented, chilling voice that is unique and haunting. The song is riddled with all kinds of synthed out porous raindrops of sound. Throughout the rest of the record you will also hear oscillating whooshes and other electronic integrations. “Faust Arp” delivers a song resembling a Syd Barrettesque rant where you find Yorke singing “Watch me fall like dominoes in pretty patterns.”
On one song Yorke sings “jigsaw falling into place.” This lyric is perfect because the puzzle pieces of this album have floated perfectly together like continents. Completing the puzzle that is In Rainbows.