A Moon Shaped Pool
Just one track into the album, and you realise this is one rife with heavy arrangements. Yes, this is Radiohead, and whatever you call alternative rock, you would put the band’s latest offering into something of a hybrid of the electronic and art rock. The UK-based band, one of the defining acts of the ’90, an era when the country was swamped with Britpop, still manages to surprise and excite. A Moon Shaped Pool is their first offering since frontman Thom Yorke’s divorce last year, that led to many theories. (Apparently, for clues, listen to Daydreaming backwards.) The album features some great tracks, Jonny Greenwood’s foray into Hollywood does do its bit and some of the string sections and choral vocals take some songs to another level. That said, you feel let down as you realise that three tracks are old. While Burn the Witch is broody yet pushy, Daydreaming is a smooth-flowing avalanche of some very old sounds and some very new. Yorke’s famed vocals come into their own on The Numbers and bring that resident eeriness along. It is also something that the band really pushes and tries to be: desolate. Awkward, brooding silences are aplenty here.