The Eraser

The Eraser

by Thom Yorke
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The Eraser

All too often, when the frontman of a highly recognizable band decides to decamp on a solo venture, the results have the air of a busman's holiday -- a disc that could just as easily have been proffered under the moniker of the band in question. Not so this offering from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. While it's not a radical departure from what fans are used to hearing, this complex, highly charged disc certainly flaunts different facets of Yorke's persona, both in terms of sound and emotional tone. There's a dark, sometimes desperate feel to songs like the eerie "The Clock" -- on which the singer keeps coming back to the mantra that "time is running out for all of us" -- but The Eraser isn't a downer. Rather, recalling Kid A or Amnesiac, it's an invitation to push the negative energies aside, a vibe that's especially contagious on the wide-screen "It Rained All Night," which carries an almost childlike sense of awe about the grandeur of the natural world. Mooted to be Yorke's "electronic" album, The Eraser does have its share of cryptic sonics -- the sample-delic "Analyze" is particularly stark in its mad-scientist approach -- but there's plenty of sinew and soul on display. Take "Harrowdown Hill," on which Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich cook up a rhythmic gumbo that's spiced with good doses of funk, or "Atoms for Peace," a full-bodied blend of space-pop and visceral moodiness. Those are, admittedly, blips on the radar screen of an album that's purposefully low-key, dominated by Yorke's sighing vocals and feathery piano touches. But they go a long way towards humanizing The Eraser, making it an album that connects on both a basic level and a very deep one.

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Release Date: 07/11/2006
Label: Xl Recordings
UPC: 0634904020019
catalogNumber: 40200
Rank: 21846

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The Eraser 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thom Yorke is fantastic..a great solo album. Let the beats and lyrics take you. Time IS running out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a funky affair indeed, this first solo effort from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. With a clear feel of his legacy, The Eraser only veers, albeit with plenty of muscle, into a funky Prince vibe circa 2525. The songs seem to spin off of one from another in a unified attemt to keep the futuristic going. I reakky loved the album and I'm a sucker for a falsetto, especially a shaky urgent one like Yorkes. I didn't find any fault with the CD eiher, acceping it for what it was and not even thinking about what it wasn't. It's just a great jam, not everybodies jam, but a great and interesting one for me. RLW
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have. Whether you like Radiohead or not pick this up ASAP
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite albums. The Eraser will not be erased in the future because this album is immortal!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Eraser" is a shimmering arrangement of Yorke's electronic leanings, though not lacking the subtle but relevant Radiohead touch. Delicate in an entirely new way, it would be silly to deem this particular album 'futuristic' since the body of Radiohead's collective output has been nothing but. The difference here is that Yorke takes the concepts found on Kid A and Amnesiac and draws them into new territory--always graceful but with less of the stark, gritty machinations and an increase in fluid, transcendent melodies. Another welcomed addition to the Radiohead dreamscape.
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