You've probably already heard 'There There' by now. It is, of course, a fantastic song, and one of Radiohead's most guitarry for years. The funky arrangement, with tom-toms and crunchy, buzzy guitars, seems to amble along pleasantly for the first two and a half minutes, until the chain-gang-like second half. The catchy lines are repeated and build until the drums and guitar properly rock out. It is an amazing exercise in how to build up a song until breaking point.
The two B sides carry on in the vein of Radiohead's more recent electronic outings, and both are really quite disturbing. 'Paperbag Writer' reminded me of another Readiohead B-side, 'The Amazing Sounds of Orgy', with it's loping groove, discordant string sample and sarcastic vocals. It's strange and initially a little flat, but it is actually quite funky. If you like freaky, harsh funk from hell, that is.
'Where bluebirds fly' is even more extreme, and demonstrates Thom Yorke's love affair with artists such as Autechre is far from over. The song is a clash of skittering, junglist beats, odd, screechy computer noises and what sounds like the vocal equivalent of free-jazz. If that sounds strange, well, it is, but again, bear with it for a few listens and you have an oddly beautiful and utterly nightmarish track.