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Old 05-10-2016, 04:05 AM   #141
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Looking into it more, it's not weird that True Love Waits is on here at all...it (or at least this arrangement) and Daydreaming (which has a double meaning with some global warming themes) have apparently been confirmed as being inspired by Thom's divorce. 23 years, man.

True Love Waits was not originally a breakup song, it was more a rumination on love in general, but Thom pleading "just don't leave" takes on a whole new meaning now, especially 9 songs after he sings "and it's too late, the damage is done," which is really the first time we get the impression that something is wrong.

There are vague references to feeling lost, confused and full of regret all over the album: "You really messed up everything/if you could take it all back again" on Ful Stop, "Totally alive/Totally released/Waking, waking up from shutdown/From a thousand years of sleep" on Desert Island Disk, etc. The backwards speech on Daydreaming is also saying "half my life," probably in reference to his marriage; he is 47 now.

I wouldn't have guessed we were in for a breakup album after Burn the Witch premiered, but apparently this album is somehow even sadder than the its atmosphere implies.
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Fuck, this album is sinking in now. Seriously, I hope Thom is OK. I don't mean that in a "is Bono OK" sort of way. He looks like fucking shit in the Daydreaming video and three of these songs reference anxiety attacks.

The lyrics of Glass Eyes, my God. Perfect description of depression after a breakup. The video for Daydreaming actually fits this track perfectly.

Hearing TLW after the overarching concept of the album had dawned on me...I haven't been so emotionally rocked by a song since returning to Blackstar and discovering everything Bowie had left for us. For those of us who have always loved the original and appreciated it as one of the few relatively hopeful Radiohead songs, this new version is basically Thom telling his audience that love is a lie and everything is hopeless. And that's the last word we get.
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Did Phanan write Desert Island Disk?


I demand a co-writing credit.

I still need to listen to this thing. Can't wait since the first two tracks were great.
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Hearing TLW after the overarching concept of the album had dawned on me...I haven't been so emotionally rocked by a song since returning to Blackstar and discovering everything Bowie had left for us. For those of us who have always loved the original and appreciated it as one of the few relatively hopeful Radiohead songs, this new version is basically Thom telling his audience that love is a lie and everything is hopeless. And that's the last word we get.
The slightly discordant pianos and bass rumbles that come in about half-way through are particularly unsettling, and a poignant expression of how disorienting loss can be. The line "I'm not living / I'm just killing time" is the most striking to me. Yes, this song is brilliant in this form.
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Present Tense is really amazing. Feels the most of anything here like IN RAINBOWS, blah ought it would be one of that album's better songs.
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Present Tense is really amazing. Feels the most of anything here like IN RAINBOWS, blah ought it would be one of that album's better songs.

Was wondering if any love for Present Tense. Probably the warmest, happiest sounding song on the album. (Don't know lyrics so could be complete opposite mood)

But love the song and might be my fav


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It feels good to howl "broken hearts make it rain" first thing in the morning.
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Fuck, this album is sinking in now. Seriously, I hope Thom is OK. I don't mean that in a "is Bono OK" sort of way. He looks like fucking shit in the Daydreaming video and three of these songs reference anxiety attacks.

The lyrics of Glass Eyes, my God. Perfect description of depression after a breakup. The video for Daydreaming actually fits this track perfectly.

Hearing TLW after the overarching concept of the album had dawned on me...I haven't been so emotionally rocked by a song since returning to Blackstar and discovering everything Bowie had left for us. For those of us who have always loved the original and appreciated it as one of the few relatively hopeful Radiohead songs, this new version is basically Thom telling his audience that love is a lie and everything is hopeless. And that's the last word we get.
It really seems like this is Thom is at his most direct lyrically. There are signs everywhere of a very troubled phase in his life post-breakup: "It's too late/the damage is done" in Daydreaming; "And in your life there comes a darkness" in Decks Dark; "as my world comes crashing down" in Present Tense, "Truth will mess you up" in Ful Stop. Damn.

In a way, I feel like Daydreaming is a good snapshot of the album. There is great sadness and melancholy, but also tremendous anxiety and that unsettling mood with the dissonant strings and reverse vocals at the end.
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Was wondering if any love for Present Tense. Probably the warmest, happiest sounding song on the album. (Don't know lyrics so could be complete opposite mood)

But love the song and might be my fav


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interesting you say that, as I find Present Tense one of the saddest and emotional on the album. It's also my favorite.

This album is another classic for me. I don't know how they stay true to their art form and still manage to be successful commercially. Probably the only non-mainstream/avant-garde rock band to be able to attract such world wide attention. Sadly, some might argue that U2 can't or won't do that anymore.
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It really seems like this is Thom is at his most direct lyrically. There are signs everywhere of a very troubled phase in his life post-breakup: "It's too late/the damage is done" in Daydreaming; "And in your life there comes a darkness" in Decks Dark; "as my world comes crashing down" in Present Tense, "Truth will mess you up" in Ful Stop. Damn.

In a way, I feel like Daydreaming is a good snapshot of the album. There is great sadness and melancholy, but also tremendous anxiety and that unsettling mood with the dissonant strings and reverse vocals at the end.
people saying that, at the end of Daydreaming, he's saying "half of my life" - a reference to being with his partner Rachel Owen for 23 years. The ending of Daydreaming is so haunting. It's almost anxiety inducing, but in a good way if that makes any sense.
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Really hard to rank the songs but right now my favorites by a mile are:

Burn The Witch
Identikit
The Numbers

And the rest are really good.
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I didn't even realize he had separated from his wife. Damn. Yeah, knowing that, it wouldn't be hard to read this album through the prism of a bad breakup. And that could add some weight to some of the tracks.

I had mentioned that this version of True Love Waits was a lot sadder than the original and now that makes more sense.

And if he's still single I'll fucking date him.
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IMO the best song in the album
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Present Tense's lyrics are pretty devastating stuff despite the rather soothing backdrop:

"Distance
Distance
It's like a weapon
Like a weapon
Of self defense
Self defense
Against the present
Against the present
Present tense

I won't get heavy
Don't get heavy
Keep it light and
Keep it moving
I am doing
No harm
As my world
Comes crashing down
I'm dancing
Freaking out
Deaf, dumb, and blind

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost

I won't turn around when the penny drops
I won't stop now
I won't slack off
Or all this love
Will be in vain

Stop from falling
Down a mine
It's no one's business but mine
That all this love
Could be in vain

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost"

Oh, Thom. Hang in there, buddy.

Love the music of the song too, I would definitely call it one of my favorites.
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I think I read somewhere that the split had happened long before it was announced so it's possible these songs were written sometime during the last few years and that the sadness and pain aren't so immediate for him now, though a split like that can, of course, take years to process and move beyond.
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I'll bet Thom's wife left him after she heard King of Limbs.
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Thom was playing The Present Tense in 2009. I'm really happy it didn't make it into TKOL because they wouldn't have done it justice.

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I've been listening to this non-stop since it came out. It's easily my favorite since Amnesiac.

The end of Tinker Tailor is great. The drums and strings are great. This may overtake Blackstar as my favorite of the year.

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Really tempting fate by calling the last song "Separator".
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I think I read somewhere that the split had happened long before it was announced so it's possible these songs were written sometime during the last few years and that the sadness and pain aren't so immediate for him now, though a split like that can, of course, take years to process and move beyond.

Yeah, it's like the band sat down and revisited their back catalog and decided to work through some tracks that were resonating with Thom's situation. Some old (True Love Waits, Present Tense), some newer (Ful Stop, Identikit). According to Jonny, Lift was considered and I'm not surprised it was because it too is a song about overcoming tough circumstances "today is the first day of the rest of your life/lighten up, squirt."
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