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"Dont call it solo," says Thom Yorke of The Eraser, "It doesnt sound right". Here, then, is the first hmm, lets 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 Radioheads 2000 album, Kid A. Strictly speaking, though, hes right its 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 Radioheads shifts away from guitar, bass and drums, but its hard to deny just how well Thoms 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
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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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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Five LARGE Stars. Superb, Excellent, Wonderful, Creative, Daring, Surprising, and Fabulous!
Please forget the controversies, enjoy the music!! Read more
Patience and no interruptions makes this album a great and interesting listenPublished 2 months ago by Lisa Pursglove
This is not the gatefold version as the description led me to believe. Ended up keeping it though. Great albumPublished 12 months ago by Bradley Hogan
This digital experiment from Thom Yorke works well. The first 2 tracks stand out from the rest but it's quirky and interesting throughout. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Adrian Rawling
Mind blowing. I dark and moody tripped out cd with plenty of beautiful production. I think that this album proved to me that Thom Yorke's voice can go over so many different... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Greg D
Great album! Display case is good but not as nice to look at as Atoms for Peace's AMOK deluxe album. Still worth the extra few pennies though I suppose.Published 21 months ago by Olly
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