Shola Aleje calls the album “sheer brilliance… Radiohead are once again pushing the boundaries in music when they could have easily released prog-induced drivel.”
Daniel Benyam was “humbled by Radiohead’s confidence” and with their “ability to be so consistently brilliant”. He said: “You also begin to hate the lesser bands whose music you have paid for in the past.”
Iain Ferguson, pleasantly surprised by ’In Rainbows’, said:” I’ve hated the last 3 albums, and frankly was expecting more of the same dirge. How wrong could I be. This sounds brilliant on first listen. Uptempo, downtempo, carefully crafted, dare I say even folk-ish in places. Well done lads.”
John Beynon said: ”Without doubt the best album Radiohead have released since ’Kid A’ or even ’OK Computer’. ‘In Rainbows’ seems to work much better as an album than ’Amnesiac’ and ’Hail…’.”
Christian Zagorski said the band go from: “Strength to strength. The band deliver on all tracks with melancholy ballads, to jump around the lounge anthems, all with a little political innuendo – what more can you ask for?”
Matt Lloyd calls it the “best release of the ‘new era’ Radiohead. He said: “These men should be knighted by music fans worldwide, and then use their new titles to bring record companies to their knees. If Thom Yorke’s not the closest thing to God we’ve got then I’m the closest thing to Judas. ‘Hail to the Chief!”
Barney Slater thought the album deserved multiple listens. He said: “‘In Rainbows’ hits like a tonne of bricks that have been slowly dropped on to you from a pulley system. What am I talking about? In short the album is a grower.
“On first listen it disappointed with its lack of trademark three-minute rock songs. But on fifth listen, I realised that the beauty of the orchestration is as uplifting as it is haunting, and now I know that by the end of the day I am almost guaranteed to be singing every word.”
David Rudley calls the album “transitional”. He says: “The band, and Thom, seem to be struggling with finding the proper mix of organic and electronic sounds. ‘Faust Arp’ is beautiful. However, other songs are clunky and too dry.
“This record will be remembered as revolutionary not because of the way it sounds, but because of the way it was distributed.”
Paul Smith disagrees saying that: “They haven’t released anything as good since ’The Bends’.”
Meanwhile, Terriss Mullen says: ”Radiohead are not as good as people make them out to be. When they begun they were savage. Then they thought: ‘Lets experiment a bit’ and that was where it
all went to shite.”
Lee Tadd says: “I find it hard to agree with the consensus hype of ‘this album is their greatest yet’ nonsense. It’s a good album but I’m not going to drop in any pretentious phrases like “this is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard” and describe their work as “simply Radiohead” because that’s a load of rubbish….‘In Rainbows’ is not the album “that all Radiohed fans were waiting for”.
“In my eyes it is simply moving away from their era of greatness and I’m disappointed that they have moved so far away from their original sound. To sum up…this is a good album, I disagree with everyone’s romanticist view of it and I think Radiohead should revert back to their first three albums as that for me was, and is, “simply Radiohead“.
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