Setting the Mood
I finally came around to doing this Radiohead review. I’ve been pushing it off for far too long long. This album came out like last month or something. I’ll be honest right now, I’m not a big Radiohead fan. I mean I know their song “Creep”. It plays maybe 10 times a day on 106.7 KROQ. They seemed cool when I was a kid back in the 90’s. Well I’m just letting you guys know that I’m going into album with a open mind and equal expectations.
Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Ed O’Brien (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood (bass), and Phil Selway (drums, percussion, backing vocals). They have worked with producer Nigel Godrich and cover artist Stanley Donwood since 1994.
Radiohead released their debut single “Creep” in 1992. It became a worldwide hit after the release of the band’s debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Their popularity and critical standing rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995). Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer (1997), propelled them to international fame; with an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, it is often acclaimed as a landmark record of the 1990s and one of the best albums of all time.
When I listen to the new album “A Moon Shaped Pool” by Radiohead , I’m feel a deep appreciation for the ‘art rock’ genre. Tracks like “Daydreaming” start very low and flat, then slowing increase the volume of synth or strings to keep the same consistent melody. Majority of the songs start pretty low and sunken then slowly increase towards the end. I actually like that with the whole experimental art rock thing going on here. I’m still new to many different approached to art rock. Radiohead’s new album shows me a different world of guitars and bass instrumental sounds.
Radiohead’s vocal lyrics seem very monotone and deep-seated. But I think they show how a band can create resembling instrumental sounds to put you in an emotional journey. The tracks always seem to put me in a sad mood, which is what I think was intended. Then the drums come in, and tempo is raised a little bit. Still keeping that depressing high felling going. I like that this album can jump through different sounds like electronic, rock, and even classical. Tracks like “Glass Eye” show how diverse they can be with different sounds from different genres.
Deep lyrics are engaging to people on so many different emotional levels. The album talks about being mankind, and things we can create. I love this approach, because it’s told in such a sorrowful way, it’s hard to not see the contradiction. The album remains true and trustworthy though the whole experience. I never thought the album was going to take a dramatic turn into something more ‘pop-sounding’ or completely different.
For more traditional rock music lovers, Radiohead’s “A Moon Shaped Pool” may not be for you. This band obviously cares more about other things than just being popular or number ones hit tracks. Having said that, this band may see an audience shrink due to the commitment of a experimentally designed album. All songs almost keep the same tempo and same instruments. It mainly be hard actual remember a specific track due to it’s similar sounds found throughout the album. No songs was really unique or risky. No tracks really equal the impact of older songs like “creep”. This is more of a whole album experience than a one-hit kind of album.
Overall I’m not sure if this band will keep creating albums, but I do think what they done here is really short of a masterpiece and stands-out as a strong album experience. Listen to it right here on Spotify. Also their new album can be purchased on Amazon.
Like the review I did? Have a question, comment, or concern? Let me know in the comment below. Don’t forget to also check out other music reviews on The EXP Grind.
- This album jumps through different sounds like electronic, rock, and even classical.
- Deep lyrics are engaging to the people on different emotional levels.
- The album doesn't take a dramatic turn into something more 'pop-sounding' or completely different.
- Traditional rock music lovers, Radiohead's "A Moon Shaped Pool" may not be for you.
- All songs almost keep the same tempo and same instruments.
- No songs equal the impact of older songs like "creep"