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Old 05-13-2016, 02:08 AM   #181
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is everyone over this already?

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 02:31 AM   #182
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I'm a big fan and respect their artistic merit, but I'm afraid to say I feel like it's kind of a bland effort. Before when they took crazy artistic turns it was exciting and unexpected... But it sorta sounds like they're lazily following a formula at this point...

... No big surprise though, it happens to about 92% of all once relevant artist as they move on into their 40's.

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 02:44 AM   #183
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seminal bleep bleep bloop artist Radiohead's 9th album is a pensive and somnambulant spirit walk into surreal soundscapes, dream gardens, and alien worlds as usually experienced only by those fast asleep. Favorites:

Decks Dark is the best track on the album and one of the best songs they've ever done IMO. It has such an infectious groove. I love when the choral part comes in at ~1:25. Also it's fucking sick when the song changes a minute and a half from the end and they just riff on their instruments a bit. Desert Island Disk is weirdly psychedelic for Radiohead and also a great fucking song. It actually reminds me a little bit of Suffer at certain moments. Identikit is another excellent groover. I love how the song changes and then comes full circle. The bass line is killer and the dual guitar thing at the end is orgasmic. Also noteworthy is Present Tense. The guitar work here is my favorite on the album. One of their prettiest songs.

there are no bad songs here, but I would say Burn the Witch, Ful Stop, and True Love Waits are the weak links. Something about BtW and Ful Stop is really unfulfilling to me, like I want the songs to do more but they never really "get there."

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 02:48 AM   #184
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I'm a big fan and respect their artistic merit, but I'm afraid to say I feel like it's kind of a bland effort. Before when they took crazy artistic turns it was exciting and unexpected... But it sorta sounds like they're lazily following a formula at this point...

... No big surprise though, it happens to about 92% of all once relevant artist as they move on into their 40's.
I would say give it more listens. I think this is their most understated, nuanced album. There is a lot going on below the surface. At first I kind of thought the same thing, but upon further listening it started to sound more unlike their past works.

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 08:59 AM   #185
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Ful Stop is like the best track on the album

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:00 AM   #186
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Decks Dark is really excellent you're right about that

I'm still absorbing it all listening to it everyday this is a fantastic album, one of their best

I have to say I prefer the live version of True Love Waits though

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:18 AM   #187
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I'm a big fan and respect their artistic merit, but I'm afraid to say I feel like it's kind of a bland effort.
You've said before that you don't "get" Radiohead now you're a big fan I'm calling bullshit

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:57 AM   #188
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Ful Stop is like the best track on the album
I really like Ful Stop for what it is, but it takes so long to build up and then once it reaches climax, it sounds like a more subdued version of Jigsaw Falling Into Place than its own thing. I do think this album would have benefited from at least one frenetic, intense song, and Ful Stop is almost that. So is Burn the Witch, but they never totally break out into the kind of intensity that Jigsaw has.

I also prefer the live version of TLW. I've heard it a million times and it's weird hearing a song that was released like 15 years ago on a studio album.

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:48 PM   #189
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first of all i would like to assert with total confidence that none of you have any idea what you are talking about. my opinion is the only one which carries any weight.

this is a decent record. it has some classic radiohead songs that rank with the best, namely true love waits (the bestest), daydreaming and glass eyes. then there are the cool songs like identikit. most of the rest are just alright.

so i'd rank it above httt but definitely (most def) not on the level of in rainbows, amnesiac, tkol, or the bends.

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Old 05-13-2016, 04:48 PM   #190
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decks dark is pretty too.

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:49 PM   #191
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is everyone over this already?
no, motherfucker. i am listening to it for the fourth time in two days.

the last time i was this radioheadblissedout was six years ago in ordos listening to tkol for the first time.

so show some respect, son.

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:51 PM   #192
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but I would say Burn the Witch, Ful Stop, and True Love Waits are the weak links.
sounds like isis needs to update its beheading list

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:53 PM   #193
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sorry to keep talking (i took some pills) but true love waits is one of their best songs

"true love waits, in haunted attics,
true love lives, on lollipops and crisps."

"Thom Yorke got the lyric, "True love lives on lollipops and crisps" from a newspaper article he was reading. The story was about a 10 year old boy who was left home alone for 2 days, and the boy lived on lollipops and crisps (potato chips). True love can be anything."

cool huh

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:14 PM   #194
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the band ended the album with true love waits as a gift to their fans because this is their final album

 
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:15 PM   #195
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:41 AM   #196
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I like this album probably more than In Rainbows but I was never like gushing over IR

It's darker so it's inherently better from the start

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:43 AM   #197
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It's nice to get a big grand sound from Radiohead again they are one of the few bands with a sound like that that I really enjoy

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:49 AM   #198
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I miss guitars

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:38 AM   #199
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I like this album probably more than In Rainbows but I was never like gushing over IR

It's darker so it's inherently better from the start
That's funny, I would say IR is much darker and this one is airy and dreamier. It is more similar to IR than any of their other records though. It's almost like tKoL was one possible evolution of the IR sound, and then they backtracked and gave us this other alternate reality.

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There's a lot of good guitar on aMSP, but I also wish there were more

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:03 AM   #200
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This album is great. Full stop.

Also if you haven't gone back and listened to the full two discs of IR, do it. Beautiful, lush album. This is its darker cousin.

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 01:03 PM   #201
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That's exactly what I was thinking a darker IR

Lyrically the album is very bleak and it ends with True Love Waits

pretty sure it all has to do with Yorke's separation from his wife

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 01:10 PM   #202
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clearly I am outvoted but I definitely do not hear this as darker than IR. IR has so much more fight in it than aMSP. This one is so serene and contemplative. It's also groovier than IR. There are moments that are more reminiscent of Ok Computer than anything they've done since then.

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 01:34 PM   #203
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is this another album of decent music with moany, whiny, and murmured vocals?

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:02 PM   #204
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clearly I am outvoted but I definitely do not hear this as darker than IR. IR has so much more fight in it than aMSP. This one is so serene and contemplative. It's also groovier than IR. There are moments that are more reminiscent of Ok Computer than anything they've done since then.
Idk I think Bodysnatchers is pretty sinister and Jigsaw gets really anxious

The rest of the tracks are a mixture of sad and pretty, the lyrical themes are less doomsday than a typical RH album

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:06 PM   #205
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Not to be disparaging IR which I think about half of is RH at their best

Could be their best album of you mixed in the Bsides

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:10 PM   #206
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The rest of the tracks are a mixture of sad and pretty, the lyrical themes are less doomsday than a typical RH album
This is true, but I think the themes shift back to personal emotional pain to a greater degree than any album since The Bends. Videotape is the darkest closer of any album IMO.

I hear aMSP as being a bit more cosmic and looking at the universe with this kind of slightly amused, detached pessimism a la OKC or Kid A. But just sonically, I also think this one is lighter and spacier whereas IR is kind of warm and dark.

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:17 PM   #207
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Decks Dark

"There's a spacecraft blocking out the sky and there's no way out" and that big practically gothic moaning over orchestra breakdown

Right after Burn the Witch with the line "a low flying panick attack" and frantic dissonant strings

Edit: well not "right" after I just skip Daydreaming

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:17 PM   #208
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That's just the start idk man idk

 
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Old 05-14-2016, 03:16 PM   #209
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regardless I love this album. It makes me happy that Radiohead can continue to challenge me with something that I'm not sure how to process at first and then come to understand after spending more time on it.

repeat listens really highlight how organic these songs are. It's kind of funny that on the surface it's bleep bloop music but it's basically all being done with live instruments this time

 
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is this another album of decent music with moany, whiny, and murmured vocals?
That's a big "YES!"



"Did Thom say 'pass the Doritos?"

"I think so"

"No, no, he's singing about the migrant crisis. It's throat singing. From Tibet or someshit"

"The migrants aren't from Tibet"

"You know what I mean"

"There he said it again! 'Pass the Doritos'"

"Fuck it then, look, you're not supposed to analyze this shit. It's supposed to be taken as a whole. You're missing the point"

"Is he crying now?"

"No he's still singing"

 
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