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Sunday, October 14, 2007

In Rainbows: 9.2/10

Average rating coming straight from my iTunes!

OK, so Radiohead's In Rainbows has landed, and it's no Kid A.  It's a beast, that's for sure, but a different monster.  It's not a revolution.  It's not an evolution.  To me, it's "just" the sum of all parts; a logical follow-up to Hail to the Thief, but with this additional pinch of magical cohesion that makes *albums* and not song containers, that li'l plus that lacks sometimes.

I'm glad not to have blogged about it the day I listened to it for the 1st time 'cause I would have given it a perfect 10 ;) !  I would say I'd like to give it a bit more than iTunes (like 9.5); but if it *sounds* perfect, there's some more room to be filled to reach such a level.  No song is 3-star rated, all of them have at least 4 stars; *but* only 2 are 5-star rated (Nude and Videotape).  It's a bit disappointing to claim it's the Best Album of All Time ;) !  (To me, Kid A may still be a tad better—dunno yet for sure—, but it's not rated 10 either… "thanks" to Optimistic :( !)

It's very cohesive, but diverse and balanced at the same time.  Superbly produced (once again) by Nigel Godrich, it sounds more natural/warm (thanks to the return of acoustic guitars, a children choir, or a not-so-edited-Thom voice) though still decorated with electronic drums, beats, and pops.

In a few words, it's a great addition to the work they produced so far…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

In Rainbows

On October 1st, '07, Radiohead (aka the Greatest Band in the World) announced in a surprising move the forthcoming e-availability of their LP7 for October 10th, '07; i.e. for TODAY!!!

So, we're just some hours away from discovering what this new sound is, some hours away from this special moment when suddenly—as maybe only Björk can do—all the other bands just fade into oblivion. Therefore you're right: to say that I'm excited would be a massive understatement…

I've succeeded in avoiding any material from this new album till today, and I have high hopes my *huge* efforts will pretty soon find some reward. Will In Rainbows be another Kid A? It's a risky game I'm playing right now since I've got more chance to be disappointed, but I really feel the timing is right for them to once again change the rules.

I'm now gonna try to find some sleep to calm down and ease the waiting ;) ! Pfew, it's hard…

(And of course, exactly 2 minutes after the announcement, my £40 discbox was ordered! So the waiting won't stop in a few hours, but only on or around December 3rd, '07!!!)

In Rainbows

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