This DvD is an immense pleasure to watch for music lovers. These are the same kids from Meeting People is Easy, just few more creases on their foreheads! Thankfully for us, there is no sign of their acquired fame or celebrity, they are the same focused, dedicated, poised musicians! It's a thrill to see them up close, the camera moves around and captures subtleties, it is a thoughtful, art minding movie.
Because these are artists, at work! The music is metamorphosing again, transgressing genres, it is a rock band that plays a jazz symphony. The music feels layered, there is a steady foundation of drums, on which there are brush strokes of diaphanous melody, of sublime beauty...Debussy's Preludes for Piano came to mind in their delicate experimentation with sound!
King of Limbs is a strange album. It might not grab your attention immediately, the way In Rainbows did. The music is insidious, there are elegies and ballads, they will slowly seep into your consciousness until you can't get them out of your head!
That's right, Little By Little, give them a chance to creep into your blood! Let the eeriness of Separator surround you. Oh, how I love the way this song builds up, those strange harmonies, they manage to be lofty and tense at the same time!
The heavy emotional burden of Codex...
Staircase... I did review that before, how much I love it, I should have given Phil Selway more credit though, yes Clive Deamer is there too, but if you can imagine a Radiohead without Phil... I can't! The drums- the foundation of a rock band... just think Idioteque, if you need an example of his gifts!
Of course there had to be a Lotus Flower, the whole album has a Buddhist feel, a detached, enlightened acceptance ( I am not trying to interpret any of their meanings, that is every listener's duty)
In Chicago, we are lucky, XRT airs Lotus Flower on the radio. The way American radio goes nowadays though, this Radiohead can't go on it anymore! This music has no commercial streak in it, it is a search for beauty and knowledge...these guys managed to stay true to themselves and to their art!
" I'll set you free... Just to see what if"
My only regret is that Identikit is not on it, I'm not familiar with the timing, maybe it was not put together then. It is on the Austin City Limits concert. It is great to see them there, adored by an audience, but this DvD gives you the intimacy of a private performance! Treasure this gem!