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Old 02-23-2011, 10:12 AM   #91
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Some days after the album's release and after numerous listens, I can't say that it draws me back to listen to it again. I don't have a militant hate for any of the songs, but apart from Lotus Flower I don't get a sudden urge to listen again.

Still, quite a solid 3-star album.
This. If it weren't Radiohead, I would probably have just listened to it once.
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I just got my truck back from the shop, so this morning was the first time I listened to the album on a great sound system. WOW! I have a decent system at home, but it really pops on with great sound. You can really hear the whole band.

That being said, I would probably give this album a 3 out of 5 or a 5.5/6 out of 10. There are clear moments of textural brilliance, but there is nothing on the album I find distinctive. I often have it on in the background and don't think about it. That's not a bad thing, but it's probably not an indication of brilliance either.
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On another note, I reread an article somewhere recently in which Thom said that the band couldn't go through another recording process like they did with In Rainbows. He indicated (if I remember correctly) that they were painstaking in the crafting of the melodies and even more so the structure of the song and it took its toll on them. The problem, in my opinion, is that that painstaking craftsmanship is Radiohead's brilliance.

U2, as an example, not as a comparison, are a band that often catch a "moment" (of surrender?), a sample of wonder or raw emotion, Radiohead seems to hew them out of the world around them. If they're not interested in that sort of work, I'm afraid they'll never again put out the kind of brilliance that we've had over the last two decades. We'll get albums of haunting beauty and technical brilliance, but not of magic.
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Lol sorry,I thought a forum was for voicing your opinion. My bad.
Hey, you've already made it clear you're not into Radiohead, which no one really cared to know in the first place.

Why are you still in this thread?
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Because we need to be stripped of our human status for listening to Radiohead.
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Has this been posted here? Good show. Since it's not part of a tour, the set list is a sort of greatest hits collaboration.

YouTube - Radiohead For Haiti - January 24, 2010 - Complete Show
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So that's what Lotus Flower sounded like originally. Huh.

Anyway, it just dawned on me that the director of its music video was the director of the Hitchhiker's Guide movie. Neat.
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Anyway, it just dawned on me that the director of its music video was the director of the Hitchhiker's Guide movie. Neat.
Indeed. And the Coffee & TV video
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Similar choreography.

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Hey, you've already made it clear you're not into Radiohead, which no one really cared to know in the first place.

Why are you still in this thread?
Just replying to the post,glad you are all enjoying the album. Will give it a few more listens,so I may be back!
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And to think the hint of a second album has us in suspense...
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just reading more reviews... i'm getting pretty fed up with some reviewers (ie the "music" journos from daily papers) complaining about the album's length. in one of Melbourne's two daily papers, the reviewer suggests that the album's 38 minutes clearly means "the band were short on ideas". wtf? not every album has to an hour long for fuck's sake... i've said it before and i'll say it again, Nick Drake's Pink Moon is perfect at 26 minutes and would be ruined if they chucked another twenty minutes of material on there for the sake of it.
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Complaints about a 38 minute album make no sense to me. There are entire genres of music where that's been the norm for decades. Right around 40 to 45 mins is the sweet spot for my own personal listening tastes. It's long enough to feel fully realized, and short enough to not overstay its welcome.
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