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4.0 out of 5 stars May yet prove to be the key album in their back catalogue, 30 Oct. 2000
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I can't give this an unreserved hurrah, for the simple reason that too much of it is tune-shy meandering. However neither is this album as avant-garde and unlistenable as some would have you believe. The influence of Warp Records most successful artists (Aphex Twin, Red Snapper, Autechre) are all over certain tracks, and DJ Shadow references all over others, most notably the standout track 'Idioteque'. This isn't the huge leap on for the band it's been built up as either. The nearest comparison is perhaps Talk Talk, in that both have taken elements already present in their sound and magnified them (in Talk talk's case this resulted in the astonishing 'Spirit of Eden' album), bringing about something wholly unlike their back catalogue in the process. I'm a firm believer that an album cannot be properly assessed until it's no longer the most recent in the artists catalogue. Check it out again in a year when Radiohead have released an other album and you will see where it fits into their evolution, or whether it merely turns out to be a temporary abberation on their way to being the new Pink Floyd.
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