Radiohead - In Rainbows
Label: TBD Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 01 Jan 2008
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Experimental, Indie Rock
Mixed By - Nigel Godrich
Producer - Nigel Godrich
Producer [Preproduction By] - Graeme Stewart
Strings [Performed By] - Millennia Ensemble, The
Written-By - Radiohead
A1 15 Step (3:57)
Backing Vocals [Uncredited] - Matrix Music School
A2 Bodysnatchers (4:02)
A3 Nude (4:15)
A4 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (5:18)
A5 All I Need (3:49)
B1 Faust Arp (2:10)
B2 Reckoner (4:50)
B3 House Of Cards (5:28)
B4 Jigsaw Falling Into Place (4:09)
B5 Videotape (4:40)
Radiohead pays careful attention to their openers as scene-setters, and if In Rainbows can be distilled down to a single track, "15 Step" would arguably be it. Here and elsewhere, conflicting emotions meld together into a dizzying, dazzling tableau, as the chemistry between the band and their technology-wielding producer Nigel Godrich only continues to improve.
"Bodysnatchers" finds all of them locked in a tight guitar-led groove that threatens to fly off the handle but dexterously maintains its equanimity, like the rocking midsection of "Paranoid Android" without the acid-tipped barbs. It's nicely followed by "Nude," the dreamy comedown that Yorke actually performed in the late '90s and might have ended up on Kid A.
In fact, several songs here date to various points in the 2000s, but In Rainbows sounds anything but cobbled together; clearly, Radiohead has gone to some length to fit the larger pieces of the puzzle as seamlessly as the elements in the songs themselves. Even "Faust Arp"--somewhat insubstantial on its own--works as a fine bridge between In Rainbows' two halves.
"Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" is Radiohead at their most conventionally gorgeous, its stacked arpeggios from Yorke's guitar and Johnny Greenwood's Ondes Martenot keyboard pouring themselves over the track like so much nectar. Though Yorke's darkly imagistic language pops up here, the backing music is so dulcet that getting "eaten by the worms, weird fishes" may just be a metaphor for falling in love. Such smoothly executed dualities are all over In Rainbows: "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" is both upbeat and slightly sinister, while the song's protagonist watches the club she's in become blurry and finds herself caught between dancing and running away. In "House of Cards," Yorke intones, "I don't want to be your friend / I just want to be your lover" over the album's most spring-like guitar lick. That Radiohead is now easier than ever to enjoy on casual listens is actually a big reason why they remain fascinating under the microscope.
Radiohead - House of Cards
Radiohead - Scotch Mist - Jigsaw Falling Into Place
Radiohead Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (Scotch Mist Version) from the album "In Rainbows"
Radiohead - Nude
Don't get any big ideas They're not gonna happen You paint yourself white And fill up with noise But there'll be something missing Now that you've found it, it's gone Now that you feel it, you don't You've gone off the rails So don't get any big ideas They're not gonna happen You'll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking
Radiohead - 15 Step
Bless Colin Greenwoods fingers.