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In Rainbows (Vinyl) [Import]

Radiohead LP Record
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On the deliriously satisfying In Rainbows, Radiohead returns to a more straight-ahead (though subdued) rock sound. Much hubbub has been made about this record's innovative release. Radiohead allowed fans to pay what they wished to download fairly low-resolution tracks from the band's own website. Like so many innovations, it already seems funny both that it was such big news and that someone else of similar stature hadn't done it sooner. Some pundits were appalled that it took awhile to download the tracks if you tried to do it at the same time as thousands of other people, while others decried that the group was trying to kill the music industry (or save it). Little of the press seemed to focus on the record itself, which actually made sense because it was so entertaining and inviting, the most low-key album Radiohead has made to date. There's even a very straight-forward, simple, silly little love song, "House of Cards." It might be a bit lethargic, but the simple instrumentation of electric guitars, bass, and drums is lovely as heck. A handful of these tunes enchanted fans for years before finally being committed to computer "tape." This is particularly fitting as In Rainbows is the group's most "band"-sounding album since OK Computer. This is not a record that hits you over the head with how far this group is pushing the envelope; it's simply a phenomenal, well-crafted, and exciting album. As soon as it's done, you're playing it again. --Mike McGonigal

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Radiohead-In Rainbows (Vinyl) (2008)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jigsaws falling into place Jan. 1 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
At a certain point, a marvelous band will get a reputation so overwhelming, it's simply not possible for them to keep topping themselves.

And from the sound of "In Rainbows," Radiohead has decided not to let their reputation loom over them -- and I'm not just talking about the online digital release. In their latest album, they reinvent their bittersweet pop sound -- they lose some of the trappings of their past work, in favour of warmer, more intimate melodies and traditional instrumentation.

It opens on an angular note with "15 Steps," which is built around a jagged riff.The first couple minutes are full of fuzzy synth stabs and sharp drums, sounding like a jazz number that's being eaten by a computer. "How come I end up where I started?/How come I end up where I went wrong?" Thom Yorke sings mournfully. "You reel me out then you cut the string..."

But then the guitars slide in and twine through the song, softening it into something very different. The scratchy synth beats and subtle guitar start building to a slow crescendo, staying energetic and almost reggae-esque right to the end.

See it as kind of a transition song for Radiohead; they're easing listeners into their new acoustic sound, rather than just dropping us in. But after that, they pretty much leave the "Kid A" territory behind them -- "Bodysnatchers" is an intense rocker brimming with chunky riffs and softly ringing guitars. It's a gorgeous piece.

After that, the songs gently slip down into more introspective territory -- smooth, dark pop songs wrapped in a heavy blanket of fluid strings and subtle slide guitar. Some of these are dressed up in thick guitars and clattery drums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect from start to finish April 28 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
This and Kid A have been my favourite albums for over a year now. Both have a well-crafted, all-killer-no-filler set of 10 tracks. In Rainbows, however, is more accessible. It's a streamlined, more analog record from a band known to experiment heavily with electronics. That's not to say there isn't any of that here, 15 Step and Videotape have electronic drums and textures, and many tracks have ambient "experimental" features like previous Radiohead albums, but for the most part it's a more straightforward rock record. It's also quite mellow: Bodysnatchers is the only real heavy song on the album. Every song here is top notch, however. It's hard to pick favourites here, but I'd say Reckoner, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi and Nude are the album's best moments. Disc two is also phenomenal: 8 tracks that complement this album very nicely (MK1 playing after Videotape is beyond perfect). 10/10, definitely listen to this if you're a Radiohead fan at all. If you aren't, give it a few front-to-back listens, all Radiohead albums take some time to get into. Thanks for reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing Dec 11 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd is probably my favorite one by Radiohead, not only was this product affordable but it brings joy to my soul!
I highly recommend this cd if you are a Radiohead fan :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiohead's Warmest Record May 21 2011
Format:Audio CD
"In Rainbows" is a thing of beauty. For the first time, a Radiohead album can be described as warm. For a someone wanting to sample the band for the first time, this is the one to buy. Frontman Thom Yorke sings with real feeling and even uses a fine falsetto voice on the gorgeous 'Nude' and the equally stunning 'Reckoner'. The obsessive-love song 'All I Need' starts quietly, driven by a bass synth line. At the three-minute mark, the percussion bursts forth in a flurry of crashing cymbals, the music rises to a crescendo and Yorke repeatedly cries out "It's all wrong, it's all right" over an accompanying piano figure - riding the wave to the song's end. Spine-tingling stuff. Radiohead is in a class by itself and this record proves it time and time again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proof that Music Really is Magic May 27 2008
Format:Audio CD
I tried to make the title less corny, but it's too true to the point that there's no other way to describe it.

Whether you're new to Radiohead or an avid fan, you can't go wrong with this release. It really is bliss, absolute bliss. Each song is crafted in a delicate and incredibly melodic manner with each word coming out of Thom Yorke's mouth something that will provoke your thoughts and challenge your imagination. The band is as tight as they've ever been. Each note played here is crafted with the utmost of care yet nothing ever sounds contrived, pretentious or out of place. The people who gave this album one star never actually gave reasons, they just seem to generally dislike Radiohead. But to be honest, one listen of this record and you will not be able to consciously say you don't think they're brilliant. This is a guarantee.

Standout tracks here are definitely Nude, 15 Step, and House of Cards, though in reality all the tracks have a unique feel to them and none stand out as weak in this arsenal. To the point then, this is a beautiful record and everyone should here it at least once in their lifetimes. Within 15 years people will start to see it as classic that is almost mandatory to own. The Dark Side of the Moon for our generation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I Need Jan. 11 2008
By Xuan-An
Format:Audio CD
This CD has got to be one of Radiohead's best.
Every song is phenomenal!
It starts with "15 Steps", a rather upbeat song. It might sound confusing and weird at first, but about one minute in, its just wonderful!
Followed by "Bodysnatchers", a riff-filled song , another amazing piece.
"Reckoner" was definitely a surprise, as well as "Videotape", one of my favorites.
The lyrics are just amazing and really passionate, especially in "Videotape".
As always, Thom's voice is just out-of-this-world!
You just can't stop listening to this album!
Truly one of the best CDs that has been released in the last 5 years.
Radiohead never ceases to amaze me!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Radiohead Album
I must admit that I only listened to this album a few times during one sitting and I was deeply under the influence of absinth and it was a terrible album. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2011 by Torie Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I'm not the biggest Radiohead fan of all time. I don't listen to them often, I didn't like Kid A, Amnesiac, or Hail to the Theif. I really liked The Bends and OK Computer. Read more
Published on May 9 2010 by Kyle Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 great songs of In Rainbows - have their fans failed Radiohead?
18 great songs of In Rainbows - have their fans failed Radiohead? I sure looks like it if 2 years later 98% of Radiohead fans are not familiar with the strongest song of In... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2009 by Deven Gadula
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy
To me, this culminates the greatness that is Radiohead. It's definitely the most relaxed to date. A little lighter on depth of lyrics. Rich sound. Delicious. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2008 by Rachel Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars All I Need
Wow this is not the best Radiohead but it's close. Can't beat Ok Computer. But this gets five stars. It's amazing. Weird Fishes/All I Need/ Jigsaw/BodySnatchers etc. All awesome. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2008 by Harris Macklin
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck
This is the utmost example of horrible you will ever listen to. There are many sour notes to be had and the whole thing is just a mess. Read more
Published on March 9 2008 by G. Soukup
5.0 out of 5 stars radiohead - in rainbows - pitchforkmedia
Like many music lovers of a certain age, I have a lot of warm memories tied up with release days. I miss the simple ritual of making time to buy a record. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2008 by T. Bigney
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, creative Radiohead, but needs a jolt
I've listened to this CD about a dozen times and I like it. It has the musical experimentation I've come to expect from Radiohead complete with a dash of pretension and more than a... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2008 by Citizen M
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