Radiohead new album: your verdict on ‘In Rainbows’

Fans review Thom Yorke and co's new album

Earlier today on NME.COM, we asked for your short reviews of Radiohead’s new album ‘In Rainbows’, and here’s a selection of your verdicts on the new album.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the band shocked the music industry by releasing the album as a download, with fans choosing how much to pay for the album.

Radiohead say they are planning a traditional CD release of ’In Rainbows’ for early next year.


The album was released this morning (October 10) and the world is getting its first listen to the record today. Here are some of the reviews you’ve sent NME.COM so far.

Felix Carrasco: “The boundaries have been smashed once again, not only due to the album appearing months ahead of the rumoured release date, with no label and for download through their own website, but because it is once again another gem! The highlight of the album has to be the majestic ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’ a song which reminds you of those amazing Radiohead moments that occur a often as a world cup.”

Mike Bjorgo: “‘In Rainbows’ is surely the culmination of everything Radiohead was and had become. Throughout one finds specks of each of their previous works, yet blended in a way which creates such a new undescribable sound that it can merely be called ‘Radiohead’. Forget the apparent revolution which will stem from this release model, as an album, as songs, as simply music and art this may be the most beautiful thing i’ve ever heard.”

Adam Wood: “The more adventurous orchestral parts are a nice addition to ‘Hail To The Thief”s eclectic mix. The album makes an interesting counterpart to ‘OK Computer’ at 10 years removed – the two albums bookend the Blair era with equal measures of dissatisfaction and dread; on first listen though, there seems to be a little more romance on the new record.”

Tyler Brown: “Radiohead’s seventh studio album is by far their most heartbreaking to date. ‘In Rainbows’ is a beautiful blend of electronica and back to basics rhythmic songwriting. Thom Yorke swoons and wails behind pounding guitars and orchestral wonderment. It captures all the qualities of its predecessors and much more. Radiohead are back with much sadness and hysteria – by god we’ve missed them!”

Will Donovan: “Worth the wait, better than the hype. Everything that was ever great about Radiohead is on this album – making up for ‘Hail To The Thief’ being an uncomfortable step away from ‘Kid A’/’Amnesiac’ – the band somehow make an incredibly confident yet minimal record. The box set’s going to be this year’s must-have Christmas present.”


David Cooper: “Time to rejoice, a new Radiohead album! I start every Radiohead album the same, hating it, but unlike other groups where the intial pleasure wears off, with Radiohead the inital hatred wears off to reveal the most glorious music. ‘In Rainbows’ is another great album. I’m listening for the fifth time now and just starting my love affair with it. Buy it and start yours today.”

Tom Watts: “It started with a glitch. Glitchy drums, that is. ‘In Rainbows’ gets off to a powerhouse of a start – three of the first four songs hammer along – losing the funeral pace of some of ‘Hail…’. ‘Bodysnatchers’, ‘Nude’ and ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’ are real highlights. Guitars up front, intricate rhythms – with live drums – and one hell of a swagger.”

James Innis: “‘In Rainbows’ is the triumphant return that every fan was praying for. There is nothing about this album to criticize. From the Portishead-y opener to the mournful closer ‘Videotape’. To say this is the best record of Radiohead’s career is maybe a bit over the top at this stage but I’ll say it anyway. It’s like ‘OK Computer’ without any stadium rock pretensions and it’s an album only a band who have complete creative freedom could have made.”

Stay tuned to NME.COM for more of your verdicts on ‘In Rainbows’.

Do you agree with the above reviews? Whatever your opinion, send us a 60 word review and your name to with Radiohead in the subject line and we will print more later.

Now read NME.COM’s first review of ‘In Rainbows’.

Also as there is current no artwork to go with ‘In Rainbows’ NME.COM has created some to fill in the gap. Head to the NME Office blog now and get some free MP3 player/ CD-R friendly artwork.

Also check out NME.COM’s brief history of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, Colin Greenwood and Ed O’Brien from their days as On A Friday to Radiohead’s release of ‘In Rainbows’ now.

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