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Date: 2008-01-12 01:24
Subject: radiohead
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After work this evening I took my increasingly-ill credit card down to the Virgin Megastore and bought the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows. And, on first hearing, I didn't like it very much.
I've been thinking about this for a while, and I've come to realise that my relationship with Radiohead is becoming increasingly fraught. I thought The Bends was a mighty piece of work - tracks like `Bones' and `Nice Dream' are extraordinary things. I thought OK Computer was all right, and Kid A had some moments, but I don't listen to Hail To The Thief at all these days because I don't like it.
And I've come to the conclusion that Radiohead have outevolved me. I really liked them while they were still in transition between Pablo Honey (which I didn't enjoy) and OK Computer, but after that they just left me behind.
I think The Bends is a wonderful album, but I'm afraid Radiohead are vanishing into the distance ahead of me now and I may never catch up.
This is annoying me.
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User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-12 23:36 (UTC)
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I'm hoping In Rainbows will grow on me. I honestly like Radiohead, but apart from that brief period when they were evolving from Pablo Honey to Okay Computer and Kid A, I find I can take or leave their music. I think The Bends is one of the best albums of the past couple of decades and I really really want to like the rest of their stuff.
There certainly seems to be a serious change going on in the music business at the moment. How it will shake out, I can't tell.
And it's happening in publishing as well. Cory Doctorow has released a lot of his work onto the Net under a Creative Commons Licence, and other writers have done the same. I would do it, if I could afford a website to put them on.
We live in interesting times.
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