Today’s a big day for audiophiles around the world, Radiohead is releasing the album, In Rainbows. Radiohead is taking a new approach to the whole thing, they’ve cut out the record labels and distributors in favor of releasing solely from their website. This morning I googled “Radiohead” and was clicked on the link to ” www.inrainbows.com ” and navigated my way through the site to purchase the music. When it came to check out, I was asked to put in an amount that I wanted to pay for the music. What a crazy situation to be in, I have loved 90% of Radiohead’s catalog, so I am assuming this will be a great purchase, but what is a fair amount to give to one of your favorite bands for their music? (Radiohead is in my top 5 favorite bands, 1. Dylan 2. Hendrix 3. Radiohead 4. Beck 5. Ray Charles)
I said 5 pounds, which converts roughly into $10. Maybe I was too generous, but it seemed fair to me, they’ve made some amazing music and I’ve always gotten my money’s worth. To be clear, you could just put in 5 cents or a penny, it is whatever you want to pay. There is a charge of about $1 for the processing/transaction or whatever, so you will have to shell out something, unless you just have me burn you a copy. The songs don’t have any protections devices built into it, so you can listen to it on iPods or MusicMatch or whatever device you want.
I paid for the music and the next thing that happened was that I was provided a link where I could download the files. The files were downloaded right to my desktop in a zip folder, I unzipped them and placed them in a regular folder and uploaded them to iTunes. All in all, it was real easy to download and get the music up and running.
So, enough with the nuances of acquiring the music, let’s talk turkey and review the CD!
First thing I noticed was that the first track was great. It gets the album off to a great start and uses the sharp signature beats from past Radiohead songs like “Optimistic” and laces them with cool bass and it sounds like it would be an ideal track for a Saturday Night Fever meets Zombie/Horror flick soundtrack.
The second thing I noticed was the this CD is noticeably void of the paranoid. The beats aren’t as frantic as the past, the guitars aren’t screeching and zapping, it’s been flushed out and replaced with a more steady and calm approach. The roaring climaxes and crashing conclusions are not in this album, it’s like this album was made for someone sitting in an empty parking lot crying.
The third thing I noticed is that this isn’t the best Radiohead CD I have ever heard. It’s great, it’s Radiohead, and I am sure it will only get better with every listen, but it’s not a homerun. I am not going to rate it in stars or with a letter grade, I will just give you the amount I would pay after hearing the album…$6.50 or 3.2 pounds.
Song of the Blog:
15 Step (Radiohead) – It’s the first song and it is awesome. Now someone just needs to make a zombie/horror flick based off Saturday Night Fever.