Radiohead’s In Rainbows–An Extra-Special Music Review!

“The infrastructure will collapse,” sings Thom Yorke on Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows, which describes not only Yorke’s usually gloomy lyrics, but the effect of In Rainbows on the recording industry. More than enough words have been devoted to this in the past few weeks, but here’s a quick run-down, in case you haven’t heard: Radiohead, one of the most respected and commercially successful bands in the world, were without a label after their recording contract with EMI expired in 2003. The band began recording their new album in 2005, fueling two years worth of speculation over what label they would sign with. Then unexpectedly on October 1st they announced they would be releasing the album themselves in ten days, available only online through their website. Not only would the album only be released online, but downloaders could pick their own price, with even the choice of getting the album for free (another option was an $80 disc-box containing a hardcopy CD version, a double 12″ vinyl version, and a bonus CD to ship out in December). No doubt some pretty revolutionary stuff (and from the looks of it, successful too; In Rainbows had 1.2 million within two days of being released), but does the music live up to the immense hype? Continue reading