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Taking the conceptual tenor of recent Radiohead discs to the logical next level, the art-rockers' chief sonic architect steps up to the canvas to craft a score intended to accompany the womb-to-grave story line of the acclaimed documentary Bodysong. Shorn of lyrics and conventional song structure, the disc requires a fair amount of effort on the part of listeners but offers up more than its fair share of reward in the process. Bodysong's most intriguing passages are those in which Greenwood shelves his guitar in favor of less-standard instrumentation: "Glass Lights/Broken Heart," one of the prettier, more longing pieces on the disc, adheres pretty closely to modern classical tradition. The Emperor String Quartet lends an elegant tone to that song, as well as to "Iron Swallow." On the other end of the stylistic spectrum, Greenwood tries his hand at fusion jazz, and with the help of flugelhorn player Gerard Presencer, he acquits himself just fine, particularly on the heady "Milky Drops of Heaven." There are swaths of sound that will sound familiar to Radiohead fans -- particularly the moody, martial "Clockwork Tin Soldiers" -- but for the most part, Bodysong is a singular journey on Greenwood's part, a trek that's absorbing enough to merit our tagging along.
Performance CreditsJonny Greenwood Primary Artist,Track Performer
Julian Arguelles Saxophone
Gerard Presencer Trumpet,Musician
William Schofield Cello,Musician
Colin Greenwood Electric Bass,Musician
Gene Calderazzo Drums,Musician
Emperor Quartet String Quartet
Fiona Bonds Viola,Musician
Julian Aravelles Saxophone,Musician
Martin Burgess Violin,Musician
Gerald Presencer Trumpet
Julian Argulles Saxophone
Jeremy Brown Bass,Bass Guitar,Musician
Technical CreditsColin Greenwood Programming
Jonny Greenwood Composer,Producer,Writer
Emperor Quartet Contributor
Graeme Stewart Producer,Engineer,Engineering
Stanley Donwood Artwork,Drawing
Robin Gutch Executive Producer
Shin Katan Cover Art