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Old 05-19-2016, 10:06 AM   #271
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After 10 days or so, it has continued to get better for me. Initially I thought this album lacked high peaks, but now it feels like Burning the Witch, Identikit, Full Stop and The Numbers provide just that, interspersed with the beauty and sadness of Daydreaming, Tinker Tailor and True Love Waits.

There's one thing I'm not a fan of in this album: the Bossa Nova-style, rattle-like percussion sound (maracas maybe?) in Present Tense. For some reason I find it quite annoying.
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Burn the Witch and Present Tense are all-timers for me at this point.
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My favourite Radiohead album since Kid A.
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:25 PM   #274
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There's one thing I'm not a fan of in this album: the Bossa Nova-style, rattle-like percussion sound (maracas maybe?) in Present Tense. For some reason I find it quite annoying.

Finally was able to give it a road trip few listens and Present Tense has now emerged as my least favorite song, though I still quite like it. The record is so beautiful to listen to straight through that after all these many listens I still don't skip anything, not that I normally do with Radiohead anyway but sometimes I just have to hear that one song right away (like All I Need).

Had not picked up on the Decks Dark-Subterranean connection because I hadn't really tuned into the lyrics til now. Even so, it had become one of my favorites the last week or so.
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The Numbers does nothing for me. One of my least favorite tracks. Maybe it'll grow, maybe it'll come alive live. But meh
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Okay so I finally got the time to sit down with this shit.

Maybe I built up NEW RADIOHEAD ALBUM slightly too much. But my first listen**************** was a bit underwhelming.

My immediate reaction is: A Moon Shaped Pool is impenetrable as fuck. There's a definite mood/vibe, and it sticks to it throughout. It has some beautiful moments, and I hope like hell it will grow on me, but I can't say my first listen was the transformative, life-changing beauty I was hoping for.

For your next listen, grab a drink, pull up the lyrics and follow along. I liked the album from minute one and wouldn't say it's anywhere near as impenetrable as Kid A, but it wasn't until I caught onto the emotional arc of the record that I fell in love with it. I was a mess by the time True Love Waits came on. It's not just lovely background music, it's the soundtrack of a man on the brink.

But even if it were instrumental, the production and instrumentation of this album is so detailed and skillfully crafted that I would love it anyway. It's like Sea Change in that way. The Numbers reminds me of Paper Tiger, actually.
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It's like Sea Change in that way.
Wow, this is a really good comparison that I hadn't though of, and now it seems obvious. Good job.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:16 PM   #278
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I find this album to be both deeply beautiful and deeply unsettling. Agreed with LM that you can hear Thom, or whatever version of him is being displayed, unraveling, but the sense of calm in the instrumentation and vocal deliveries given the subject matter is almost startling. This is really the brilliance of Radiohead, these kinds of paradoxes of message and execution.
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Identikit, Full Stop...True Love Waits.
i'm not much of a radiohead fan anymore, but weren't these all already songs of theirs?
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i'm not much of a radiohead fan anymore, but weren't these all already songs of theirs?
I guess you could say that, but personally I didn't remember anything about any of these songs.
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I'm trying not to read too much so not gonna go through this thread yet. May try your suggestion, LM, have you come across any site with accurate lyrics? I'm guessing Genius..?

I took this photo when they played Ful Stop in 2012. It was wicked, but I can't remember anything about it. How long has True Love Waits been lying around?

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How long has True Love Waits been lying around?
I'm so glad you asked.

"True Love Waits" is a song by alternative rock band Radiohead. The song was first played in 1995, while the band were touring for their second studio album The Bends. The song was first released as part of the live album I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings in the form of a simple acoustic ballad, played solo by lead singer Thom Yorke in 2001. The song's brief lyrics are about a narrator's longing for true love, and the "simple desire not to be alone". The song was well received by both critics and fans, and has gone on to become a fan favourite. The song has also been played at live concerts as an introduction to "Everything in Its Right Place", accompanied by synthesizers instead of acoustic guitar and with vocal effects applied to Yorke's vocals.

Despite its popularity among fans, a studio version of "True Love Waits" was not released until 2016, when it appeared as the final track on Radiohead's ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool.

Radiohead began performing "True Love Waits" live in 1995, during the Bends era. Over the years, it became one of their most requested live songs. Radiohead attempted recording the song during the sessions for Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001), but were not satisfied with the results. The version released on the I Might Be Wrong live EP was recorded in a performance in Los Angeles on 20 August 2001.

Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich said of the song in 2012: "We tried to record it countless times, but it never worked ... To [songwriter Thom Yorke's] credit, he needs to feel a song has validation, that it has a reason to exist as a recording. We could do 'True Love Waits' and make it sound like John Mayer. Nobody wants to do that."

A "straightforward" acoustic song, "True Love Waits" was played solo by frontman Thom Yorke for I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings. Pitchfork Media described the song as having "signature unexpected chord changes and a melody that both aches and soothes". It is the last song on I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings, which, according to Marianne Letts in her book Radiohead and the Resistant Concept Album, is an "encore" of the EP. The sound quality of the track is good, although the noise of the crowd can occasionally be heard through the song. The lyrics of the song describe a protagonist, declaring he will "drown his beliefs" and "dress like your niece" for an unnamed lover. Yorke explained the latter statement: "the difference between young and old [is] when people start to dress sensible and act their age. This person is offering not to do that to keep the other." In the chorus, he begs the lover "just don't leave". The second verse describes the lover's "tiny hands" and "crazy kitten smile" although he also says that he is "not living, just killing time." Around three minutes into the song, Yorke sings the line "true love waits in haunted attics and true love lives on lollipops and crisps". Yorke said that the phrase "lollipops and crisps" was inspired by a story he knew about a child who was locked in his house for a week and survived by eating junk food. According to Letts, the image of an "abandoned and forgotten child slowly dying" could be likened to "Radiohead's status within the record industry."

"True Love Waits" received acclaim from critics; some of which named it the highlight of the EP. Matt LeMay of Pitchfork Media wrote that the song is "absolutely gorgeous" and "makes a very welcome ending to I Might Be Wrong." Along with "Like Spinning Plates", Pitchfork stated "True Love Waits" "justified the existence" of the EP. The NME complimented Yorke's vocals on the song, calling it "a sound so clear and true that it's obvious why he's been making doe-eyes in interviews towards the electric guitar again." Nicholas Taylor of PopMatters highly praised the song, saying that "True Love Waits" "is a bittersweet victory of love, plain and simple." He also wrote that the song "shows that behind all of Radiohead’s modernist nightmares is a fragile, desperate desire to connect, fully and meaningfully, with just one person." The song was also well received by fans, as it went on to become a fan favourite.

Reviewing A Moon Shaped Pool, Rolling Stone wrote that "True Love Waits" was "worth the wait ... the effect is like stumbling upon an old love letter years after a relationship has grown cold. Where there was once a hint of redemption in its devastating refrain, 'Just don't leave' now sounds like the longest (and saddest) goodbye."
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I guess you could say that, but personally I didn't remember anything about any of these songs.
i could be totally wrong about any of them other than true love waits, cos i haven't listened (and probably won't) to this album. the titles just looked familiar. maybe someone else had those named songs.
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And yeah, genius is the place to look because they compile everything so conveniently.

Along with Ful Stop, Identikit and True Love Waits being previously preformed, Burn the Witch has been kicking around as a rumored song title for a while now. Present Tense had a past life under a different title. Lift was apparently recorded for this album as well. It's a total content dump, which makes it all the more conspicuous that so many of these songs concern isolation and depression.
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For your next listen, grab a drink, pull up the lyrics and follow along. I liked the album from minute one and wouldn't say it's anywhere near as impenetrable as Kid A, but it wasn't until I caught onto the emotional arc of the record that I fell in love with it. I was a mess by the time True Love Waits came on. It's not just lovely background music, it's the soundtrack of a man on the brink.

You think Kid A is impenetrable? No way. It took me a little while but Optimistic and Idioteque at the very least grab you on first listen. Nothing really grabbed me aside from Burn the Witch.

Anyway. Listening again. Daydreaming is lovely.
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