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Radiohead created a rock grunge sound influenced by Nirvana and the Pixies in the nineties, with albums like Pablo Honey and The Bends. In the 2000s, they Merged electronica with abrasive guitar with Kid A and Amnesiac. They inspire the listener to be uplifted and reflective in equal measure. Their most critically acclaimed album, 1997's OK Computer, has been nominated as one of the ... Read more in Amazon's Radiohead Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It’s very likely that even if you haven’t heard the contents of Radiohead’s seventh album, you’ll be aware of its existence. Released as a digital download by the band themselves before a CD release was even considered, In Rainbows was lauded for innovation before a note of music was heard. Luckily, the music matches the hype--it takes the best part of Radiohead's previous works and advances the formula even further. While the opener "15 Step"--all skittering drum patterns and dub-style bass--may hark back to the electronica of Kid A, the sound soon gives way to a more guitar-based sound. Whilst not as musically heavy as previous albums, the tunes are far more focused and passionate--"Bodysnatchers" is based around a hypnotic, distorted bass riff, while the beautiful string-drenched "Nude" is a true Radiohead classic. Lyrically, like Thom Yorke’s solo album The Eraser, the lyrics are sketches of suburban paranoia, and the eerie sense of things no! t being quite right. This is especially true on the piano-based closer "Videotape", which poignantly details a man watching his life’s achievements in his final moments. In short, In Rainbows is another masterpiece from the Oxford quintet. --Thomas Allott

BBC Review

The good news: With In Rainbows Radiohead may well have created their own Physical Graffiti. Drawn from over 10 years of sketches, outtakes and live renditions that finally get nailed, it's a veritable summation of everything you love about them - from rhythmically challenging jazz funk prog to droning repetitive exhumations of the socio-political conscience (rock 'n' roll!phew). Of course it's ironic that the band has finally released what to many fans will be the true heir to OK Computer as what is ostensibly a freebie. Their new marketing and distribution model may be making a mockery of conventional business models, but it's also making a mockery of the critic's job too. How to sum up what is obviously a MAJOR work after just a morning's worth of plays?

In Rainbows proves, once and for all that Radiohead still have the will and desire to not just weird us all out, but to make achingly, desperately beautiful music. Beginning with some of that familiar Warp-inspired glitchiness, opener, "15 Step"'s children's voices and odd-meter clapping is astoundingly uplifting. "Bodysnatchers" is the kind of crunchy guitar rock that we'd all given up hope that they'd ever record again and "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" takes Johnny Greenwood's orchestral piece and turns it into a chiming thing of post-rock wonder. Already they've made you feel guilty for not donating more money for your download!

Every song's nuances are exquisite, but problems do arise when you try to get inside the lyrics. Sometimes In Rainbows seems almost wilfully mixed to obscure Yorke's words. Like an early Can album, little dislocated phrases or repeated mantras jump out. Shorn of context and usually sung in a slurred delivery that's become more pronounced, this can have a deeply (and one suspects deliberately) disturbing effect.

However themes do emerge: One being the surprising inclusion of several songs about 'relationships'. But while the opening line on 'House Of Cards', ('I don't want to be your friend, I just want to be your lover') may have you worrying that Thom's turning into Prince, this is still Radiohead we're listening to. "All I Need" is a string-drenched song of desire and dependency, but comes equipped with lines like: 'I'm the next step waiting in the wings. I'm an atom bomb trapped in your hot car', How utterly romantic.

So, big sighs of relief all round. In Rainbows is the sound of a band who effortlessly straddle the avant garde/popular divide, and also sound like they actually enjoy being themselves again. They're back at the top of their game. Now go back and pay some more, all you 50 pence donators. This is a band that needs all the support we can give them. --Chris Jones

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Tom Chase VINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I read a quote on "In Rainbows" that stated Radiohead had finally met expectations by surpassing them. I can certainly echo this statement, and perhaps even stake the claim that this may well be Radiohead's best album. Certainly a huge claim, but "In Rainbows" is a wondrous album.

I will keep things short as many reviewers have picked apart and detailed individual songs and themes. So, most importantly for me, "In Rainbows" treads that impossibly difficult line of being mostly accessible yet surprisingly lasting. It simply does not tire. Months and months of sporadic listens and I still become totally involved and immersed, a feat that separates truly great albums from good ones. The overall sound of the album perfectly blends the sombre electronic tones of "Kid A" and "Amnesiac" with the guitar-driven rock of "Ok Computer" and "The Bends". It's satisfyingly experimental when need be, yet equally sparse and simplistic. It's cold and desolate at times, warm and genial at others. It is everything I can want from a Radiohead album. Beautiful, consistent, cutting-edge music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gizzark Henry VINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2008
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By this point, the hype and the publicity has eclipsed most people's perception of In Rainbows. For the rest of Radiohead's career and probably afterwards, it's going to be remembered not as an album, but as a publicity stunt and possibly a portent of things to come. So let's ignore the internet chicanery for a minute and take a look at what really matters here - the music.

Radiohead's first album since 2003 might seem comparitively slight; at only ten songs and a little over forty minutes, it is not anything as grandly conceptual as OK Computer or as out-there as Kid A. Nor is it in any real sense, a step forward. From one perspective there is nothing on In Rainbows that we haven't heard before, as in many ways it is an album that's a composite of everything Radiohead has achieved up to this point.

The overall mood is relaxed - something unprecedented when it comes to Radiohead albums, but a satisfaction at being rid of their label and mostly happy family men seems to have brought out the best in the band. The album is stripped back, but not restrained. Much like on Kid A, each song only has the instrumentation it requires, and the band is expanding out of their own comfort zones. Even Yorke's lyrics and delivery are warmer and more absorbing when compared to his disquieting character performances on Hail To The Thief.

The songs themselves are uniformly stellar. Even something like 'Faust Arp' which seems like a sketch has in fact been fleshed out, its subtle strings and tricksy timing an alluring mid-point diversion. 'Nude' has been hanging around since the OK Computer days, only now finally appearing on an album, accentuated by the bubbling string section and stripped production of the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By curefreak on 17 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I consider myself a Radiohead fan, even though before this album I'd not actually bought any of theirs, though I had borrowed one from my father - the fantastic Kid A - and was aware of a lot of the rest of their work. However, with the release of In Rainbows I decided it was time to start building up my collection and started with this one. I was very glad I did.

My favourite Radiohead song is actually Exit Music (For A Film). Since discovering that song, actually during the film Romeo and Juliet (I know) I've not found a song which has the ability to directly enter my soul and fill me with what, let's face it, is essentially despair. That was, until this album and several of the songs on it.

I'd like to start with Thom Yorke. His voice is what makes the band for me. I'm not even sure quite how to describe it but he has an ability to put such emotion and convey so much through his words. It's one of the few bands which has the power to actually make me feel something and really feel it - not just sadness or happiness or whatnot, which most bands can do, but a whole range of stuff like despair and hope and so on. I nearly cried when my brother told me that Mika was better because he expressed his emotions very well.

The melodies are beautiful, the lyrics are interesting and deep and all in all, this is an album full of great songs. I'd like to particularly note Weird Fishes, Videotape and 15 Steps. Of course, there are always people who hate Radiohead because they're 'depressing'. Which they are. "2am music" as my friend calls them. Therefore, if you are the type of person that prefers cheerful happy music, Radiohead are totally not your band. But if you can cope with that, then you'll love this band.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julian Dailly on 19 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I used to dislike the miserablism of Radiohead. I resented being told how to be depressed. That's my business. What I love about this album is that it has soul, and gives me space to breate without judging my attempts to conceptualise my own pointlessness, as OK Computer did. (We know about the pointlessness of life, you just live in it)

Here though, Thom Yorke's voice has a crunching, wavering soul to it that adds a something gloriously fallible. He's having a go and he's having fun. He's not a soul singer in the conventional sense, but here his voice gains a fantastic momentum that reminds me of the places Aretha went. I like that willingness to drop his pants, take on a new direction, which I never experienced in the clever, self defense workout of "Fitter, Happier", for example.

And it's just that reciprocity that makes me feel that finally Radiohead are about shaking hands with the audience providing more than a view of a grown men showing off their latest post-ironic, traumatic conceits.

To do this they have borrowed heavily in places both from other peoples' styles, familiar blues scales and from more mainstream emotions. A bit of Arcade Fire, a bit of Sex Pistols...This makes In Rainbows an all together more humble, second-hand, worn in record. And with that in mind I name Bodysnatchers, with its collage of influences, the finest track.
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