[Originally published on ManifestDisc.com, January 2008.]
Radiohead - In Rainbows
If you're any sort of Radiohead fan—or if you know how to turn on a computer—chances are you've already owned this record for months now. And probably for a good deal less than you'll pay for the retail version. Yet, for those purists (anachronisms?) who still find pleasure in the physical album itself, In Rainbows is more-than-worthy, with generous, artistic packaging for both the CD and vinyl releases. (Still no sign of that bonus disc, however.) But regardless of whichever way you choose to buy, re-buy, or burn In Rainbows, it's still the music that matters. And in this case, the music is some of the strongest of Radiohead's career, ten pitch-perfect tracks wired into the avant-garde future that never abandon the band's melodic past. Accessible, sure, but certainly not simple: "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" is gorgeous, haunted, and nearly as complex in structure as past masterwork "Paranoid Android." "Bodysnatchers" kicks like The Bends but freaks out like Kid A. And "Videotape" might be the band's most-perfect closer, weightless and resigned and deeply unsettling. Perhaps it took a marketing stunt for the music press to appreciate Radiohead again, but no matter: This is 2007's album of the year, and a perfect way to begin retail's 2008.
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Above is a pretty trippy video for "House Of Cards," if you haven't watched it yet.
AND finally.... A live version of the non-album "Bangers And Mash," mailed out to the mailing list a couple months back. Enjoy!