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.