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The Eraser

Thom Yorke Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B000FPYNR6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Don’t call it solo," says Thom Yorke of The Eraser, "It doesn’t sound right". Here, then, is the first – hmm, let’s say one-man record from the vocalist of Radiohead, an excursion in electronic beats and synthetic textures hailed by many critics as a return to Radiohead’s 2000 album, Kid A. Strictly speaking, though, he’s right – it’s not solo: produced and "arranged" by long-time ‘Head producer Nigel Godrich, featuring processed sounds taken from full-band sessions, and featuring at least one song originally mooted for appearance on Hail To The Thief, it appears as much an opportunity for Thom to build on the ideas not fully realised on full-band releases. Rock fans may lament Radiohead’s shifts away from guitar, bass and drums, but it’s hard to deny just how well Thom’s voice fits amid the hissy cymbals and spectral synthesiser of ‘The Eraser’ and ‘Black Swan’. Guitar surfaces on the haunting ‘The Clock’, Thom singing "You throw coins in the wishing well" over warped, droning folk, while album highlight ‘Harrowdown Hill’ strikes a rare explicitly political note for Thom, a track themed around the death of UN Weapons Inspector David Kelly. --Louis Pattison

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Denied its status as a solo album (in case we worry that Radiohead may be splitting), The Eraser, concocted with the aid of regular producer Nigel Godrich, is surprisingly pretty in places. The nine songs here are, predictably, not the happiest tunes you'll hear this year. But despite doomy subject matter such as global warming ("The Clock", "It Rained All Night") and the death of Dr David Kelly ("Harrowdown Hill") there are some stunning moments of stark beauty.

Using some material written for previous Radiohead albums (as well as heavily-processed fragments of them playing), Yorke has constructed a collection that swims in post-industrial synthesizers and itchy electronica, but highlights his voice as a focus of warm, naked emotion. It can be a draining, emotionally raw ride, but strangely life-affirming. Let's face it - we need more Thom Yorke's in this world. --Chris Jones

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable 23 Nov 2006
By J. Ford
Format:Audio CD
I'd been told not to buy this album by a friend, who said ultimately I'd find myself disappointed.

I don't normally write any product reviews on Amazon but I simply had to for this album, even if I can only convince one undecided shopper to buy this album I can hopefully rest in peace knowing that I've changed somebodys persons world.

The first time I popped the disc in my cd player I gave the album a quick listen through thinking to myself "Hey, this is actually pretty good"

Several months on this album is so much more than that. I have all the Radiohead albums in my CD collection, my favourites being The Bends, Hail to the thief and OK Computer. However, this album really does eclipse them all.

So full of touching, beautiful moments you simply shouldn't miss out on this unbelievable work of art. I stick it on before I go to bed each night and in my dreams get transported to another world, somewhere far away from this universe into the realms of impossibility and beyond.

Try it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thom Yorke - The Eraser 27 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Prevailing opinion seems to be that electronic music is the future. Mind you that thought has been the same since the 70s. Nevertheless, the mixed reaction to Radiohead's Kid A suggested that we were not quite ready for a popular band to be quite so brave. It felt like listening to the future. Champions of the electro genre such as Richard D James have been around for ages, but have been restricted to that genre. Kid A triggered even 'acoustic' acts such as Travis to open up the laptops - the new millenium had arrived.

2006, and Thom Yorke releases this - comparable to Kid A in many ways but a unique work nonetheless. Its driven, not by beats but by Yorke's human voice and his usual kniving lyrics - if you have seen any of his acoustic performances of the songs from the album you will agree.

I urge you then not to buy this album because of the Radiohead connection, or because its something different, or because it made it onto the Mercury shortlist - buy it as a soulful collection of songs that makes Aphex Twin seem like a thing of the past.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still listening to this 10 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
The most interesting aspect of this album is whether, for Radiohead, a solo electronic Thom Yorke album will represent an exorcism, and a break with the recent past of similarly informed Radiohead albums. Simplistic perhaps, as the band are unlikely to regress back to simple guitar based rock, as is the wont of many. Regardless, the bands next step has never been more intriguing.

Interetsing though such questions are, we should not do disservice to The Eraser, which has endured as a fine album, worthy of commendation. To those who yearn for Bends era radiohead, look away, if indeed you're reading this at all, and for others, this is at many times Thom Yorkes most successful set of electronic songs.

The songs are more intimate than recent radiohead work, with Yorkes voice up front in the mix, and the songs are more tuneful and melodic than recent work. Opener The Eraser is jerky, yet anthemic, with a euphoric outro, with subsequent tracks like Analyse and Black Swan grooving inistently. While the middle section is less persuasive, the closing Harrowdown Hill and Cymbal Rush are extraordinary, sparse, building and beautiful in a unique way.

It is this ability to fashion warmth ftom cold musical landscapes that marks out The Eraser as a strong piece of work, and Yorke as one of the pre-eminent musicians at work in the UK today.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a few listens... but very catchy! 11 Aug 2006
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Don't get any big ideas! (No pun intended) This album is not for everyone. If I was to compare it to any of the Radiohead albums, I would say soundwise, it's similar to Kid A and some of the more electrical tracks from Hail to the thief.

Thom and long time producer-pal Nigel Godrich (the 6th radiohead member surely??), have carefully put together a flawless record that says exactly what thom's been upto since the HTTT sessions.

The material is totally different to any of the new radiohead songs (As played on their recent European and US tour).

You get 9 or so songs, which one could say remind you of the HTTT track, The Gloaming.

It's all very catchy - you'll be blurting it's lyrics after a few listens and a few listens is what you'll need when getting into this record.

I'm quite pleased for Thom and Nige. They've done really well for themselves.

And no... it's not a 'solo' record!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars black swan! 22 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
this album is worth buying for the track Black Swan alone. I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it and it gets better with every listen. sinister yet elegant, dark and glossy, this song combines a rhythmic bass line with sinuous, eerie guitar notes that blend with thoms voice beautifully. think of a charcoal grey horizon and quiet rain, it's an evocative & subtly emotional song.

the rest of the cd follows in the same vein (i haven't listened to it enough yet to appreciate every song fully). the tracks standing out to me so far are the clock, harrowdown hill & eraser.

i think its an album to listen to by yourself. on a winters night. :)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Cardboard Covers? 18 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
First off, this is pure Thom genius. Haunting, melodic. If I have a criticism it's that it's not particularly surprising. If you'd have thought about what a Thom Yorke solo album would have sounded like before you heard it you might well have imagined this record. Which may well be a good thing, hey?

Some dunce gave this album one star and complained that it even came in a 'cheep (sic) cardboard cover'. Having had the luck to have a little inside insight on this project I think you should know that the cardboard was very deliberately chosen for its lack of environmental impact. I also think it's rather more beautiful than the same old plastic crap.

The gorgeous cover's designed by Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood BTW, I heartily recommend his book, 'Slowly Downward', also available on this site.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant album.
This is a 2006 solo album, by Thom york (Singer for Radiohead).
And it is brilliant, never heard this till I bought it last week... Read more
Published 17 days ago by T.C.R Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it's thom, but not enough variation
Published 3 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it is so nice!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Go on, take a punt.
After being intrigued by Thom Yorke's performance on 'Later... with Jules Holland' I took a punt on this album and didn't regret it at all. There are some gems on here. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant indeed
will definitely read this author again, what a read, have told my friends about this book, they like me loved it
Published 7 months ago by yasha
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be!
Purchased this album to add to my ever expanding Radiohead/Yorke collection. The standout tracks on here Black Swan, Harrowdown Hill and The Eraser. Worth buying for them alone.
Published 9 months ago by Mr Darren Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Robot Music, Thom Yorke style
An album that gets you thinking, bemuses you, surprises you and ultimately leaves you appreciating a form of music you probably didn't beforehand. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S.E. Haughton
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This is a brilliant piece of music by thom yorke. This is different to radiohead and i particular like analyse and skip devided. The music has real depth and a wealth of sounds.
Published 18 months ago by Adrian Alvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
This is a genuinely brilliant album. Probably best enjoyed with a good set of headphones. The detail contained within the musical composition is utterly amazing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Big Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Solo Effort
Mellow, electronic/synth based fayre from Radiohead's frontman. Fine for those needing a chillout, ambient sound but look elswhere if you want a bit of pace and energy. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
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