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Radiohead on top form,
This review is from: Amnesiac (Audio CD)
This album has not been out of my cd player for about 2 weeks now, and it keeps getting better. If The Bends was Radiohead's 'Revolver', and OK Computer was 'Sgt Pepper', then this album could be rightly called their version of 'The White Album'. Sprawling in variation and compelling to listen to, this fifth album from Radiohead will honestly appeal to any fan of any era in their history.
The variations work astonishingly well; from the frazzled dance of 'Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors' to the classic guitar song 'Knives Out', where Thom has actually written perhaps his first number 1, no more experimental (or should i just say mental) than The Smiths.
The Highlights of the album really do stand up with ANY guitar band's best work, and at the very least surpass their own output with style. 'Dollars and Cents' perhaps supplies the peak of the album at around the two-and-a-half minute mark with it's abandoned chaos in the middle of the song, but 'Pyramid Song' must take the credit as the best Radiohead moment yet. It builds and builds into the most beautiful song, a true classic and a worthy first single off an excellent album.
There are another 2 songs which deserve extra-special mention, namely the last two: 'Like Spinning Plates' starts off the chaos with what first appears to be a backwards mess. But it flourishes into a wonderful throbbing maelstrom with a coda that will lodge into your brain for weeks to come. This is then surpassed by the excellent 'Life In A Glass House' where subtle jazz pulses turn into a fitting finale. You actually feel that Thom is talking indirectly to you when he sings "Of course i'd like to sit around and chat/Of course i'd like to stay and chew the fat/", and then after a belated chorus says: "...But someone's listening in....". It is a perfect end to the album.
In conclusion then, this disc shows that Radiohead are not afraid to confront their past and pillage their own trademarks, -even- if it means picking up guitars again. The other tracks set the mood perfectly, actually complementing the standouts, based around a core of tracks 4-8 which are normal, but outstanding songs. A true Classic, and their best album yet.
And yes, if you are wondering, The White Album was my favourite Beatles album, too.