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  • Audio CD (July 11 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Distribution Select (Music)
  • ASIN: B000FPYNR6
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1. The Eraser
2. Analyse
3. The Clock
4. Black Swan
5. Skip Divided
6. Atoms For Peace
7. And It Rained All Night
8. Harrowdown Hill
9. Cymbal Rush

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"Don’t call it solo," says Thom Yorke of The Eraser, "It doesn’t sound right". Here, then, is the first – hmm, let’s say one-man record from the vocalist of Radiohead, an excursion in electronic beats and synthetic textures hailed by many critics as a return to Radiohead’s 2000 album, Kid A. Strictly speaking, though, he’s right – it’s not solo: produced and "arranged" by long-time ‘Head producer Nigel Godrich, featuring processed sounds taken from full-band sessions, and featuring at least one song originally mooted for appearance on Hail To The Thief, it appears as much an opportunity for Thom to build on the ideas not fully realised on full-band releases. Rock fans may lament Radiohead’s shifts away from guitar, bass and drums, but it’s hard to deny just how well Thom’s voice fits amid the hissy cymbals and spectral synthesiser of ‘The Eraser’ and ‘Black Swan’. Guitar surfaces on the haunting ‘The Clock’, Thom singing "You throw coins in the wishing well" over warped, droning folk, while album highlight ‘Harrowdown Hill’ strikes a rare explicitly political note for Thom, a track themed around the death of UN Weapons Inspector David Kelly. --Louis Pattison

Some writers and fans have taken to calling this album Kid B, the (obvious) implication that it's the companion piece to Radiohead's masterpiece of electronic rock. And while The Eraser does compare favorably to that work, it's no longer ahead of its time, just simply of its time. We can't all be visionaries all the time, however, and it's understandable that Yorke wants to play with his computer more than he gets to with his rock and roll band. Looped bubbly bloops, sleight drones, and curious bleeps complement Yorke's distinctive vocals throughout. The album at times sounds like demo versions, as if they were an update of the way Pete Townshend used to do solo versions of all his songs for the Who. It's tough not to expect the rest of the band to come in and "complete" a particular song. But once you get used to the fact that this isn't going to happen, the album reveals itself as a delightful, occasionally brave work that's as playful as it is melancholic. --Mike McGonigal

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Horgan on July 13 2006
Format: Audio CD
On 'The Eraser', Thom Yorke does not stray as far from Radiohead-esque sounds of late, but has nonetheless created something wonderful. 'The Eraser' lacks the robust, full-jacket feel of a Radiohead production, but of course, this isn't Radiohead. Yorke's abilities to allow is personality to filter into his songs is highly evident, as many of them carry lyrics attributed to Yorke's personal politics. The theme of global warming is highly audible, especially on tracks such as "It Rained All Night", and "The Clock", where he sings of the impending doom that nobody seems to want to address.

On "Harrowdown Hill", (arguably the song that will be the most popular), Yorke expresses his distaste over the circumstances of the death of Dr. David Kelly, the British weapons inspector in Iraq who was found dead shortly after testifying that there were no weapons of mass destruction prior to the invasion in 2003. The events surrounding Kelly's death/suicide are suspicious, and Yorke rails against those who he believes are truly responsible - all from the point of view of the dead doctor.

Thom Yorke's sound is stripped down, and yet at the same time he manages to form beautiful melodies, even if the bleeps and blops of electronic rythyms sometimes almost overpower his talent. All in all, a solid record, and recommended for anyone who has enjoyed Radiohead since Kid A.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to be objective about the solo work of a brilliant musician like Thom Yorke, who is part of the equally brilliant band Radiohead. It's even harder when you can hear echoes of the band's "sound" going through the solo work.

But that doesn't seem to be a problem with Yorke's solo debut, "The Eraser." Laced with delicate electronica, slow keyboard and Yorke's soulful voice, this is a solo debut that shines both as an individual album, and as a side project to his band. It's a complex, seductive piece of work, and bodes well for future solo work from Yorke.

It opens with a halting piano solo and subtle electronic beats that build up to a quiet, soaring melody. Then Yorke murmurs, "Please excuse me but I got to ask/Are you only being nice/Because you want something/My fairy tale arrow pierces/Be careful how you respond /'Cause you'd not end up in this song ...."

But the meditative sound changes with the dancey, sparkling electronica of "Analyse" (despite the downer songwriting) and the guitar-driven, eerie sound of "The Clock." Yorke fills the songs with different bits of experimentation -- the ominous spoken-word song, Aphex Twin-style electronica, eerie shimmering keyboard balladry, and finishing off with the delicate, enchanting "Cymbal Rush."

There are only nine songs on "The Eraser." But Yorke crams each one with creativity, haunting sounds and beautiful songwriting, until there's no room left. Many of the songs vaguely resemble Radiohead's last few albums, with the heavy reliance on electronica. But the sound is uniquely Yorke's.

Yorke loads down "Eraser" with plenty of atmosphere -- menacing, ominous, dreamy and even upbeat. "Skip Divided" is somewhat weaker than the other songs, but the remaining songs make up for that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Inspectors With Gadgets on June 12 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wow. You can hear clips of most of these tracks on the UK released only DVD "The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth Of All Time". I have been fortunate enough to hear the album before its release and this is everything you would expect and more from Thom Yorke. You can't compare this to a Radiohead album because the only thing Radiohead about it is the vocals. It is a very relaxed experience and really takes a second listen (as does most good music) to really appreciate it.
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By Ndt on May 22 2008
Format: Audio CD
Any attempt here to say "Please listen...", or, "Important", is really of no avail, since most of the people who will purchase Eraser will do so with the certainty coming from Thom Yorke's performance with Radiohead. Track 2, Analyse, is nothing short of excellent. Track 4, Black Swan, is less powerful, yet one smooth chill-out song. I removed a star since many of some songs have a tone that could be described as "dismal churning", but 4 out of 5 stars = 80% solid.
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Format: Audio CD
Thom Yorke's first solo effort was very good, it is a strong album building on the electronic hums and ambiance's of previous radiohead efforts such as Kid A and Amnesiac; however, I can't help but feel that when ultimately compared with radiohead albums, it falls short. Thom Yorke finds a deep and vast sound that he truly owns in this album; however, it is clearly evident that even as the driving force of radiohead, he is much better with them. 8.5/10
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