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In Rainbows

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15 Step
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
All I Need
Faust Arp
House Of Cards
Jigsaw Falling Into Place
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 42:36

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J. Edward Keyes


Joe Keyes writes about music.

Another masterpiece from the patron saints of loneliness.
2007 | Label: Warner / Chappell Music

"Don't get any big ideas," goes the first line of "Nude," the third song on Radiohead's haunting seventh record, "they're not gonna happen." This is, of course, hogwash — a willful bit of Thomfoolery designed to accentuate a theme by understating it. In Rainbows is a record full of big ideas, ideas about solitude and desertion and depression and dislocation — to say nothing of its notions about record distribution.

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Good stuff


I'm really trying to love this band. Everyone seems to be enthralled with them. I think they are an interesting band, and definitely write good music, but I'm just missing something here. I definitely think this is one of their better albums. I just don't love it like everyone else does. Maybe I need to give it a few more listens.

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In Rainbows. In Ecstacy.


One of the most innovative, creative, amazing bands you'll ever hear. Absolutely one of their best albums. You cannot click that Purchase button fast enough. I can't even count how many times I've listened to this album and it still moves me.

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King of Limbs is...


After hearing this I was really excited for their next release (I'm a long time Radiohead fan, but 'In Rainbows' was by far the best thus far). Anyway, heard it, took a while to understand it, got it and wanted more. KOL came out and no one's written a good review (except one I found on a blog)...so I don't know if I get how this one relates to KOL. Maybe KOL is Kid B? Go back to In Rainbows! Oh, blog was http://julianbelvedere.tumblr.com/post/3455538611/sdk-radioheads-king-of-limbs

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It's quiet, it's loud, it's brooding, it's expansive. It's like a gas: it fills whatever space it's given. I absolutely love the crap out of this album.

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A Grower


The spare sound and stripped down arrangements of In Rainbows sounded a bit underwhelming at first, after the band's earlier phases of either experimentalism or dense rock polyphony. But the details are there, simply submerged and understated, and what's left at the center of the spotlight is the band's unsurpassed gift for melody. It's grown to be one of my very favorite Radiohead records.

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One of the Best


Radiohead is probably one of the best bands out there! No one can compete with their sounds! The whole download is great especially tracks 2,4, 7 &8.

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Songs to dig


All of it. This is rumored to be a b-sides album, but I ain't buyin it. I think that was put out just to lower expectations. This is a fantastic album. House of Cards is really nice, but all songs are worthwhile here. Go it.

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Best since Kid A


I once heard someone say Radiohead can be inconsistent, which is the price they pay for being progressive- I might agree- Amnesiac and Hail To The Thief, I didn't think were 100%. But I love this record- beautiful textures, great songs...5 stars

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Theres a reason you hear people call this band the greatest in the world. You can't ask for more emotion in music

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It Never Stops


Radiohead never ceases moving. That's what has gotten them so far. "In Rainbows" is stripped down the exactly what it needs. No more, no less. Every song is crafted and purposefully. Videotape ranks among Radiohead's strong finales as well. On of the greatest albums of all time.

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They Say All Music Guide

In Rainbows, as a title, implies a sense of comfort and delightfulness. Symbolically, rainbows are more likely to be associated with kittens and warm blankets than the grim and glum circumstances Radiohead is known for soundtracking. There’s a slight, if expected, twist at play. The band is more than familiar with the unpleasant moods associated with colors like red, green, and blue — all of which, of course, are colors within a rainbow — all of which are present, and even mentioned, during the album. On a couple levels, then, In Rainbows is not any less fitting as a Radiohead album title than “Myxomatosis” is as a Radiohead song title. Despite references to “going off the rails,” hitting “the bottom,” getting “picked over by the worms,” being “dead from the neck up,” and feeling “trapped” (twice), along with Radiohead Wordplay Deluxe Home Edition pieces like “comatose” and “nightmare” — in the same song! double score! — the one aspect of the album that becomes increasingly perceptible with each listen is how romantic it feels, albeit in the way that one might find the bioport scenes in David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ to be extremely hot and somewhat unsettling. Surprisingly, some of the album’s lyrics are even more personal/universal and straightforward than anything on The Eraser, the album made by Thom Yorke and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. “I’m an animal trapped in your hot car,” from “All I Need,” has to be one of the saddest, most open-hearted metaphors used to express unrequited love. “House of Cards” begins with “I don’t want to be your friend/I just want to be your lover/No matter how it ends/No matter how it starts,” and the one with the worms includes “I’d be crazy not to follow/Follow where you lead/Your eyes/They turn me.” This effective weaving of disparate elements — lyrical expressions commonly associated with the band, mixed in with ones suited for everyday love ballads — goes for the music as well. The album is very song-oriented, with each track constantly moving forward and developing, yet there are abstract electronic layers and studio-as-instrument elements to prevent it from sounding like a regression. In Rainbows will hopefully be remembered as Radiohead’s most stimulating synthesis of accessible songs and abstract sounds, rather than their first pick-your-price download. – Andy Kellman

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