Radiohead - In Rainbows

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Sounded great this afternoon, that's for sure.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 27 February 2011 02:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

imo this review is more true to how i feel about In Rainbows than any other: http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/3903

some dude, Sunday, 27 February 2011 02:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

That review is utterly baffling.

Melissa W, Sunday, 27 February 2011 03:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

Reason I haven't heard king of limbs yet is because this band no longer registers on a 'new music' level for me. I'll listen to it in my own time, and strangely I think this is how they'd prefer it. Best band in the last twenty years btw.

cosdeling barier chough a fat in a ballman thrantume (dog latin), Sunday, 27 February 2011 03:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Like a lot of Radiohead’s recent material, it’s the sort of thing that might sound amazing live, but that doesn’t fare as well under the spotlight of high-fidelity recording.

yeahh...I mean, really? I can think of maybe one song on this album that might be better live. the album's warm sound is the a huge part of the appeal.

iatee, Sunday, 27 February 2011 03:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

doesn't feel very warm to me. very dry and remote, just kinda sitting there in an uninviting way.

some dude, Sunday, 27 February 2011 03:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

The idea that an album of relatively traditional guitar/piano songs was attempting to be Xenakis and should be criticized for failing to be Xenakis is completely nonsensical.

Melissa W, Sunday, 27 February 2011 03:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

i have no idea who Iannis Xenakis is so i won't argue with that

some dude, Sunday, 27 February 2011 03:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Jonny mentioned him in an interview twice so now he's the standard that radiohead is judged against

Z S, Sunday, 27 February 2011 03:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol that dusted review was written by one of my college roommates and the guy who introduced me to ilx. he is a smart guy and a bro but i don't agree with that review.

congratulations (n/a), Sunday, 27 February 2011 15:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

ha does/did he post here?

some dude, Sunday, 27 February 2011 16:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah he was "charlie in va." i don't think he's posted in years, and even when he did, it was very sporadic.

congratulations (n/a), Sunday, 27 February 2011 16:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

"charlie va" i guess. looks like it's been six years since he last posted!

congratulations (n/a), Sunday, 27 February 2011 16:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

So is Thom Yorke the most notably inscrutable mumble-mouthed singer since prime Michael Stipe? Does anyone rate his lyrics? All that comes to mind is the scattered line or two.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 27 February 2011 17:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

i have no idea what he is singing, ever

akm, Sunday, 27 February 2011 17:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Does anyone rate his lyrics?

Most aren't anything special, but he has a nice, unexpected way with deadpan humour now and then. Like "I'll be waiting/With a gun and a pack of sandwiches" from Talkshow Host. Whatever, I'm generally not much of a lyrics guy.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Sunday, 27 February 2011 17:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

Some review pointed out that "You've got some nerve" is the most stereotypical Radiohead opening line ever, which is OTM.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Sunday, 27 February 2011 17:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

I should go back and give this album another shot but every time I do, the experience is wholly irritating and I end up putting on Hail To The Thief instead.

(I really like Hail To The Thief so the experience isn't all bad.)

DJP, Sunday, 27 February 2011 18:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

Melissa W,

In live shows, has Radiohead ever segued from "Reckoner" into a cover of "Silly Love Songs" by Wings?

jaymc, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

recently i had pointed out to me that there's a random tambourine moment at :33 in "reckoner", never noticed it before. it's in the right channel along with the drums, really wonder if it could have been left in by mistake.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 17:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's probably purposeful to show it's not all sequenced. They left in a really obvious bass error on Lotus Flower for the same reason.

I love this album but I usually skip the first 2 songs, from then on it flows really beautifully.

Cornish grammar is also rlly idiosyncratic, and Thom Yorke once made a video where he was transformed into a tree! How great is that?

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think this is one of my favorite radiohead albums. maybe like #2 or #3.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

but unless it's a tambourine falling off something in the drum room, it sounds like a digital mistake. basically it sounds like a tambourine being shaking in time pops in for two 16th notes and then is gone.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

The opening pair are my favourites! And Reckoner.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

The format of the box set just makes it rlly hard to get out & just listen and also it's not on Spodify, but since transferring it to an easier case I've been revisiting it a lot and just.. the vocal harmonies on Nude and the segue of Reckoner into House of Cards... lush.

It's so pastoral, it sounds like all forests and farmland instead of the claustrophobic cloisters of central Oxford.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Also consider who is playing the tambourine. Ed. Now what is more likely. Nigel making a digital error, or Ed getting stoned and missing his cue to come in at the right place? Let me think.

I blame Ed.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

but it's the only time there's tambourine on that channel in the whole song (not talking about the real tambourine track that's on the left channel).

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i hear what you're talking about, my guess is it was an editing/mixing mistake but they left it in because they thought it sounded cool

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

i wonder if maybe it was some kind of scratch cue during the recording process and they decided to leave it in. kind of a weird place for that though.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I keep missing it but I'm listening on a shitty boombox with no time display.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think this is one of my favorite radiohead albums. maybe like #2 or #3.

― congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:39 PM (42 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's my number 1.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I listened to the drum stem (which I downloaded from iTunes, lol) and it does sound like a digital thing.

jaymc, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

the discbox packaging warped my LP's over time... total bummer.

BringTheAuBonPain, Thursday, 16 February 2012 01:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

Played this at our record club last night. By far my favourite thing they've done.

http://devonrecordclub.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/radiohead-in-rainbows-round-43-nicks-choice/

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 3 January 2013 16:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Interestingly Rob was talking about how he's barely listened to it, because of how awkward the discbox packaging is.

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 3 January 2013 16:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

In terms of the actual music, I haven’t a clue what Thom Yorke is singing about here, and don’t really care – he uses his voice much more effectively and with greater understanding here than he has before, layering it beatifically on “Numb”, finding jitteringly compelling space on “15 Step”, edging towards sublimation on “Reckoner”.

Do you mean "Nude" here? Speaking of which, that's the one song on In Rainbows that I could without. For some reason when he hits that high, isolated falsetto note near the end it embarrasses me to listen to it in a way that doesn't occur in other Radiohead songs. Also, "Nude" is an old radiohead song (from 1996 or early 1997, i think?) that fans were clamoring to be released for years, and then when it finally came out on In Rainbows it was disappointing on a few levels because I'd already heard it so many times on bootlegs back on high school, and also it somehow sounded dulled down compared to the original!

"reading specialist" (Z S), Thursday, 3 January 2013 17:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Damnit, I do. Will correct.

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 3 January 2013 17:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Have they got a song called Numb? I can't think of one but it's like the most Radiohead-y one-word songtitle ever.

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 3 January 2013 17:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Don't know about Radiohead but Portishead have a song called "Numb" (the one with the duck noises in the beginning on "Dummy") and it fits also very well as one word song title of the band.

alex in mainhattan, Thursday, 3 January 2013 18:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Nude was my initial instant favourite on the album and I think the spacey arrangement is lovely - probably helps that I'm not a mega-obsessive fan and had no awareness of previous versions of the song. Reckoner and Weird Fishes have taken the lead in my affections in the years since IR was released.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 3 January 2013 18:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

The "Live From The Basement" versions are even better, adding a missing human element.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 4 January 2013 00:30 (1 year ago) Permalink


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