It takes me a while to get into a new album, especially one with as much hype as the new Radiohead album. Now that the dust is settling, I have to say, I absolutely love this album!
There is not a dull track on this album. It strikes me as a balance between the band’s rock roots and their newer electronic direction (though who are we kidding, its not so new anymore). Thom Yorke’s soaring voice is more prominent than in previous albums.
Radiohead has been adamant about selling their music as albums only, no singles. In Rainbows is a perfect defense of this. The quick opening of 15 Step and Bodysnatchers stands in sharp contrast to the gloom of the closing Videotape. And I doubt any other ordering of the tracks in between would leave me as emotionally moved.
Its hard to play favorites with albums from Radiohead, but I’m glad that seven albums later, they continue to evolve.