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ok, this is definately their best album

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the point of course was to make a statement about raw song quality and how it unfolds over an album, as a counter to vaguely reasoned but widely unquestioned 'can't be as good as x' notions that can seem to dictate the way people experience new music.

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I agree wtih this sentiment wholeheartedly

 

Theres something about this album that really knocked me for six

when i heard it.

 

Fantastic,

reminds me of why i fell in love with the band in the first place

all those years ago...

 

Its like Radiohead's lullabies album (but in a good way,if that makes any sense)

And I think in time it'll be recognised as a classic, up there with the very best any band has had to offer - not just Radioheads back catalogue...

 

whoever said the album format is dead eh>?

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15 Step < EIIRP

Bodysnatchers < Kid A

Nude < The National Anthem

Arpeggi < How To Disappear Completely

All I Need < Treefingers

Faust Arp = Optimistic

Reckoner < In Limbo

House Of Cards < Idioteque

Jigsaw Falling Into Place > Morning Bell

Videotape > Motion Picture Soundtrack

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I need to give it more listens, but my current impression is that I'm not sure the minimalist approach of the album will have the same longevity that their other albums had for me. Part of the appeal of their other albums is that they are so multi-textured that there are new things I discover whenever I played them. But it seems like there is less here.

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I think there;s loads of detail/ texture in this album

 

listen to arpeggi, its amazing( three mins in when it goes into the underwatery

sounding bits for example.....)

 

in fact i think one reason that the album is so strong is because of the production, part of that js knowing when to keep things simple

and it works really well...

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it's way too early to start declaring in rainbows their best/second best etc. album if that ever means anything given the diversity of their output - it's only two days old and in that timescale no-one can even half comprehend something this complex, both musically and emotionally.

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As above.. it's way to early to start placing IR as a best / not best album.

 

I hated Kid A when it first came out. After loving OK Computer for so long it was like being stabbed in the ears.

 

A few years on and it's my favourite RH album.

 

I'm loving IR already - but it's still fresh and new and doesn't feel nearly familiar enough to start talking about how it ranks against their back catalogue.

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i mean' date=' and upgrading a few IR wins imo to = here for the sake of argument:

 

15 Step = EIIRP

Bodysnatchers > Kid A

Nude = The National Anthem

Arpeggi = How To Disappear Completely

All I Need > Treefingers

Faust Arp < Optimistic

Reckoner > In Limbo

House Of Cards = Idioteque

Jigsaw Falling Into Place = Morning Bell

Videotape > Motion Picture Soundtrack

 

no-one should find it hard to see why someone could have In Rainbows come out ahead in that particular face-off, even if you don't agree.[/quote']

 

Mine is

 

15 Step = EIIRP

Bodysnatchers > Kid A

Nude < National Anthem (But not a lot less)

Arpeggi < HTDC

All I Need >>>> Treefingers

Faust Arp > Optimistic

Reckoner = In Limbo

House of Cards ??? Idioteque (totally different songs and incomparable)

Jigsaw Falling Into Place < Morning Bell (slightly)

Videotape < Motion Picture Soundtrack

 

So, overall, IR comes a little short of Kid A

 

But the gap isn't as small nor as huge as some people will make it out to be

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I don't know about 'best' or whatever, but I got a huge impression of confidence on this album. Maybe that isn't the right word... maybe contentment is better. It all sounded so effortless. It felt like they'd spent four years getting it right and were satisfied that they had done so. There was just the right balance of challenging and catchy, hard and soft, etc etc. I didn't really take it all in on first listen (it felt slightly surreal to be actually listening after waiting for so long) but my biggest first impression was that Radiohead were finally in complete control

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