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In Rainbows

Alternative Rock and Rock album by Radiohead

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Seven is a magic number - and Radiohead's new album is no exception

  • Apr 9, 2008
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Track listing:
1.  15 Step
2.  Bodysnatchers
3.  Nude
4.  Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
5.  All I Need
6.  Faust Arp
7.  Reckoner
8.  House of Cards
9.  Jigsaw Falling into Place
10. Videotape

In Rainbows, Radiohead's seventh studio album, was released in 2007.  Pitchfork.com's review says this about the album: "...it's a very different kind of Radiohead record. Liberated from their self-imposed pressure to innovate, they sound-- for the first time in ages-- user-friendly; the glacial distance that characterized their previous records melted away by dollops of reverb, strings, and melody. From the inclusion and faithful rendering of longtime fan favorite "Nude" to the classic pop string accents on "Faust Arp" to the uncharacteristically relaxed "House of Cards", Radiohead's sudden willingness to embrace their capacity for uncomplicated beauty might be In Rainbows' most distinguishing quality, and one of the primary reasons it's an improvement on Hail to the Thief."

As alluded to, some of the songs on this album were previously known to fans via Radiohead concerts as far back as the mid-1990s, and have been remade with different arrangements for the CD.  Many of the others were debuted on Radiohead's 2006 tour.  The music is quieter, smoother and more easily listened to over and over again than Hail to the Thief or Kid A. Both the up-tempo and more laid-back songs are warm and inviting, catching your ear with pretty melodies and moving lyrics, passing you along the album until you wake up 43 minutes later. 
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review by . March 01, 2010
posted in Indie Music
   Band: Radiohead   Album: In Rainbows      What I need most in this world is a reason,a reason to be and express that being in a beneficial way to others. Searching like everyone for a validation of sorts,a feeling of importance,to be needed. The daily life that surrounds this hunt is not easy and and full of trials that may set you back.When I feel beat down,when I cant feel the music but only hear it, I play In Rainbows.I know you would prefer I went …
review by . January 31, 2009
posted in Music Matters
Oh to listen to brand new perfect, well pressed vinyl. This album is an amazing pleasure to listen to on vinyl. There is a reason In Rainbows was the top selling vinyl album in 2008, it's well near perfect.     Listen to the previews, download the MP3's, then go and buy this on vinyl. The sound quality and difference is remarkable. Everything is just warmer, and clearer than on CD.     The pressing is on heavy thick vinyl that never existed back in the day …
review by . January 30, 2009
"In Rainbows" is Radiohead's best album since "Kid A," and their most organic recording since "OK Computer" in 1997, or maybe even since "The Bends." It's remarkably taut, losing some steam toward the end ("Faust Arp" is a dud and "Reckoner" stumbles a bit), but tightening up again with its strongest song, "Jigsaw Falling Into Place," the best breakup song in a long time. Yorke calls this his version of "seduction songs"; they do sound rather seductive, particularly the sensationally dark "All I …
review by . June 24, 2008
Pros: Thom Yorke is a genius, incredibly amazing lyrics and music, basically everything...     Cons: ...are you kidding me?!     The Bottom Line: In Rainbows is easily the best album that was released in 2007, and the best album I've bought in a long time.     Radiohead is one of many bands that I’ve heard mentioned numerous times over the years, but have always sort of ignored. Sure, I could sing along with the chorus to Creep, and …
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On the deliriously satisfyingIn Rainbows, Radiohead returns to a more straight-ahead (though subdued) rock sound. Much hubbub has been made about this record's innovative release. Radiohead allowed fans to pay what they wished to download fairly low-resolution tracks from the band's own website. Like so many innovations, it already seems funny both that it was such big news and that someone else of similar stature hadn't done it sooner. Some pundits were appalled that it took awhile to download the tracks if you tried to do it at the same time as thousands of other people, while others decried that the group was trying to kill the music industry (or save it). Little of the press seemed to focus on the record itself, which actually made sense because it was so entertaining and inviting, the most low-key album Radiohead has made to date. There's even a very straight-forward, simple, silly little love song, "House of Cards." It might be a bit lethargic, but the simple instrumentation of electric guitars, bass, and drums is lovely as heck. A handful of these tunes enchanted fans for years before finally being committed to computer "tape." This is particularly fitting asIn Rainbowsis the group's most "band"-sounding album sinceOK Computer. This is not a record that hits you over the head with how far this group is pushing the envelope; it's simply a phenomenal, well-crafted, and exciting album. As soon as it's done, ...
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Author: Radiohead
Performer: Radiohead
Release Date: October 10, 2007
Label: Self-released
Artist: Radiohead
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