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5.0 out of 5 stars
Nihilism has never been so beautiful, 11 Sept. 2007
Most Radiohead fans would agree than Street Spirit is one of their better works. It's full of angst and woe and has perhaps the most mournful riff since Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". Any fan of music, anyone who appreciates beauty expressed through an auditory medium, will recommend it. It's spectacular.
There are two ways to listen to this song.
The first is to just listen and not think about it. This is what I think most people who listen to it do. It's the easy way.
If you actually take the time to appreciate the entire compostition, if you dare to seek its meaning and really let it sink in, you may never listen to it again. It's a bit disturbing. The agony of the song will penetrate you and grab hold. It's like a stir of echoes. "Cracked eggs, dead birds; scream as they fight for life." You might find yourself in a similar position. This is beautiful song, but it isn't pleasant and it isn't happy. To me its about death and the uncertainty of anything else afterward. In essence, this song is not for the sqeamish. It's one of the saddest pieces ever made. It puts "Eleanor Rigby" to shame and even the most meloncholy of Pink Floyd can't compare.
A lot of my friends criticize Radiohead for being too depressing. I think that most of them just don't understand. Street Spirit, and all of Radiohead, will appeal to anyone looking to be moved. It's for the complex individual. If you want something to bump in your ride when you're strolling downtown for chicks, it's not for you. If you want to turn off the lights and really consider the human condition, than it might be.