In Rainbows

In Rainbows

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by Radiohead
     
 

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In Rainbows, as a title, implies a sense of comfort and delightfulness. Symbolically, rainbows are more likely to be associated with kittens and warm blankets than the grim and glum circumstances Radiohead is known for soundtracking. There's a slight, if expected, twist at play. The band is more than familiar with the unpleasant moods…  See more details below

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In Rainbows, as a title, implies a sense of comfort and delightfulness. Symbolically, rainbows are more likely to be associated with kittens and warm blankets than the grim and glum circumstances Radiohead is known for soundtracking. There's a slight, if expected, twist at play. The band is more than familiar with the unpleasant moods associated with colors like red, green, and blue -- all of which, of course, are colors within a rainbow -- all of which are present, and even mentioned, during the album. On a couple levels, then, In Rainbows is not any less fitting as a Radiohead album title than "Myxomatosis" is as a Radiohead song title. Despite references to "going off the rails," hitting "the bottom," getting "picked over by the worms," being "dead from the neck up," and feeling "trapped" (twice), along with Radiohead Wordplay Deluxe Home Edition pieces like "comatose" and "nightmare" -- in the same song! double score! -- the one aspect of the album that becomes increasingly perceptible with each listen is how romantic it feels, albeit in the way that one might find the bioport scenes in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ to be extremely hot and somewhat unsettling. Surprisingly, some of the album's lyrics are even more personal/universal and straightforward than anything on The Eraser, the album made by Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. "I'm an animal trapped in your hot car," from "All I Need," has to be one of the saddest, most open-hearted metaphors used to express unrequited love. "House of Cards" begins with "I don't want to be your friend/I just want to be your lover/No matter how it ends/No matter how it starts," and the one with the worms includes "I'd be crazy not to follow/Follow where you lead/Your eyes/They turn me." This effective weaving of disparate elements -- lyrical expressions commonly associated with the band, mixed in with ones suited for everyday love ballads -- goes for the music as well. The album is very song-oriented, with each track constantly moving forward and developing, yet there are abstract electronic layers and studio-as-instrument elements to prevent it from sounding like a regression. In Rainbows will hopefully be remembered as Radiohead's most stimulating synthesis of accessible songs and abstract sounds, rather than their first pick-your-price download.

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Release Date:
01/01/2008
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882162221
catalogNumber:
21622
Rank:
3271

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In Rainbows 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
JohnnyM More than 1 year ago
I really thought I had thee version when I bought the cd, but what a revelation the vinyl LP has turned out to be. If you own a good to great analog rig, Radiohead's "In Rainbows" LP will bring it out! Much more spatial and vibrant on vinyl, this emotional tour de force from Radiohead may indeed stand on it's own on cd, but the vinyl version has taken me on a very special voyage, indeed. Try it. It's awesome on plastic!
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I will buy this physical CD, even though I paid $10 for the digital version. It's that good. It bothers me that so many people paid nothing for such a well-crafted piece of art. The songs are almost painfully beautiful. This CD is more organic than most of the other Radiohead albums and it turned me from a slight almost-fan to a devotee overnight. My favorite tracks are "All I Need" and "Reckoner." "All I Need" chokes me up every time. It's just so damn gorgeous. There is a moment in the end of the song when the piano and drums kick up and just swell in this melodic wave, and it takes my breath away every time. "Reckoner" has one of the best percussion lines I've ever heard, along with an aching falsetto that will break your heart. The lyrics are personal and intense, but not out of the range of normality...although sometimes it's hard to understand Thom. There is a sentiment for everyone here. I yearn for this CD when it's not on. How many albums can you say that about??
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the album you have been waiting for. It does not disappoint. Every single track is brilliant and if you don't get shivers from listening to it there is something wrong with you. If god wrote a song about love it would be All I Need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from the opening note, Radiohead delivers big in their first album since 2003. In Rainbows may be short, but oh so sweet. Consisting mostly of fan favorites making their studio debut, the album is their most earnest and accessible since the legendary O.K. Computer. but of course does not compromise briliance. A song by song break down isn't necessary as the album floats along and should be listened in its entirety. Radiohead has established themselves not just as a band but as an entire genre, and there's somethign for all radiohead fans here. Crunchy guitar riffs explode for those who have been waiting for radiohead to revert to their mid nineties selves, and the blips and electronic mastery also make their appearances on In Rainbows as well. The album is simply beautiful and as always haunting and complex. with each listen you'll discover a new texture, melody line and you might even be able to decifer some of the enigmatic metaphores Thom laces through the album. Very much worth the wait, and a must for any music lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget about the endless insider industry chatter about “In Rainbows” being offered for download at whatever fans wanted to pay, Radiohead’s music plays front and center across “In Rainbows.” From the guitar-driven “Bodysnatchers” and hypnotic “Reckoner” to the beautiful “Nude” and “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” Radiohead continues to thrill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is special because not only will long-time fans love it, but those new to the band as well as those put off by the last few releases will, too. The music is accessible for new listeners while still being groundbreaking and inventive with their sounds and lyrics. Speaking of the lyrics-Thom Yorke is enunciating! I HIGHLY recommend this album to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a qualified radiohead nut, i must say this isn't their "best" album...HOWEVER, i say that mostly because there's nothing that jumps out at me (no plastic trees or creeps or anything off any b-side). ALSO however, it is an amazing listen--not a thing on the album that you don't want to listen to it's calmer, a little happier (radiohead, really?), and smooth. enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah, it may not have a song that sticks out like past albums -- although I think "Bodysnatchers" has a great hook that sticks out -- but in a small, subtle way this may be their best album ever. The whole album just flows beautifully from one song to the next, with so much texture in between that you have to really listen for. For a group that constantly tries to tweak, if not fully reinvent, it's sound, I'd give this props alone for not being a redux of "The Bends" or "OK Computer." Not too many others do that all that convincingly these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful return, from one of the greatest bands ever. What the state of music needs. Not some American Idol pretty packaged corprate sound. Something that is real, with emotion. A band that cont. to get better with each album. Thank you again Radiohead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy new and different indie type music and radiohead, i was pleasantly surprised. The beats are cool and eclectic and quite calming, nothing too crazy, sometimes good to fall asleep to but also amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums I've heard in my life time. It's really great. I don't really know what else to say about it. It's really different from the rest of their albums, but not in a bad way. Kinda like Coldplay, each of thier albums sounds different from the last one, but still sensational. It takes a brave artist to change up thier style like that. It's good and I dont feel betrayed like a lot of bands today: Really great at first but then next album they turn mainstream and disgusting.
alivalentine More than 1 year ago
Radiohead never fails to emit a borderline-eerie beauty, and 'In Rainbows' stays consistent with this. A beautiful album; Give the song 'Videotape' a listen and don't be surprised if chills run down your sprine.
JESSZEE More than 1 year ago
Love the intro to the album. Radiohead brings diverse melodies with high pitch, soothing bass, and boosting treble to create a great album. Check out the transition from track 4 to track 5! Great album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first Radiohead CD. I bought it for the Bodysnatcher track, which is genious. I quite enjoy the CD. If you like alternative, out there, artistic and experimental efforts-you will enjoy this. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It has some wonderfully crafted and imagined sadness and eeriness. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This latest CD of Radiohead is my favorite. I've played this disc over and over, and I still love it as much as the day I first bought it. In fact, I left a copy in a rental car and never got it back. I bought a new copy to replace it. I highly recommend this CD.
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