Radiohead has always been a band built of its own reincarnations. Rumors have always persisted about Jonny and Thom's creative control, and compromise, ultimately producing great record after great record. As a fan of Radiohead, I was particularly interested in Jonny's venture - hoping to further decipher Radiohead into its parts, searching for clues as to which decisions were his and which weren't.
Fans expecting to do the same will be disappointed in a sense, in that this record is not at all a pop record. Rather, its an amolgum of jazz, synthes, and tribal music. There are no lyrics, this album is fused together (the one thing consistent with the Radiohead records) in such a way that one is never really certain where the track breaks are. Which is fine. Judging from what I know of the film, a mapping of the human condition, there are similarly never any concrete breaks in the lifecycle, so the approach is consistent with the story line.
Ultimately, I think this is a record that will want to make people see the film, will satisfy Radiohead fans, and will get better with more and more listenings.
And because I just cannot resist the temptation- this album is one part Lurgee, one part National Anthem, and many parts the Kid A era B-sides.