By Stephanie Giannuzzi
In Rainbows by Radiohead is an album that is difficult to resist not writing about. It is noticeable that the impact of a great album does not hit you entirely unless you completely embrace yourself in it and take it in for what it is, a work of art. The appreciation for Radiohead’s undeniably unique sound is a massive influence when it comes to one-of-a-kind music.
Something I realized from the reactions to this album is that there are a lot of critics, which is understandable and astonishing at the same time.
It is tough to allow yourself to indulge in something that seems foreign to you, but what you get in return can be something you never expected. I think that is what Radiohead gives back to the listener at the end of the day, which is enormously rewarding when you listen to their music.
“Weird Fishes / Arpeggi” is a track one that always seems to resonate and it is a perfect example of Radiohead’s strengths compositionally, as well as lyrically. The build-up of this track seems gradual with Yorke’s vulnerable lyrics, but the tone of the song builds rapidly. This track is mysterious and concealed, but also intriguing and leaves you hungry for the beauty this song portrays. The musical abilities and diversity is what makes their overall sound truly unique.
This album is not something that you can simply play in the background. It is something that cannot be categorized because once you immerse yourself into it, there is something that leaves you to analyze what you have just encountered.
“Creep” is a massive anthem but it is also spoon-fed in a way where you do not have a choice but to appreciate the intensity and vulnerability. Once you see past their monumental song “Creep,” you will not be able to stop there because there will be more to digest.
Reviewing In Rainbows was refreshing because it is a good reminder of the unprecedented music that exists for those willing to listen. Give this album a listen if you have not already and if you have, try again to possibly learn and experience something you did not the first time around, this one is a gem!
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