Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Majestically well crafted.
Originality9.5
Lyrics9.5
Replay Value8.5
Instrumentation9
Impact8.5
  • Thom Yorke's Voice
  • Instrumentals
  • The post production
  • Better to listen to with headphones...
9Overall Score
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)
8.6

Five years after releasing ‘The King of Limbs‘, an album that was reviewed quite negatively in comparison to their previous work, Radiohead enlighten us with the masterpiece of which is ‘A Moon Shaped Pool‘, full of enchantment and awe.

Opening up with the highly anticipated “Burn the Witch” (which the band have teased to their fans for over 10 years), they fail to disappoint with the elegant instrumentals and haunting vocals from Thom Yorke, which leaves you feeling in awe, and yet feel on the edge of your seat as the melodic orchestral tones hit you with the sense that they are taking us on an epic journey of self search, and wonder. This is the premise of the album, but it’s so much more than that. There is a lot of attention to detail, in terms of  showcasing everything they’ve learnt over the years, giving us the low key instrumentals in “Daydreaming“, allowing Thom Yorke to elegantly give us his distinctive tones. They also advertise their more melodic sound (“Ful Stop“) with it’s rhythmic bass line, and trickling guitar riffs, hinting to us that behind the voice, the quintet as a whole are a force to be reckoned with.

The premise of tranquility that the albums tones base themselves on, move away from the sounds of angst and rebellion, which made them a household name back in the 1990’s, allowing nostalgia, and yet when you’re listening to the more eerie pieces like “Present Tense“, you can’t help but feel as if you’re about to drift off into another world. It’s an album that although gives us the vibes of a true lullaby, Yorke’s haunting voice, and the echoed vibes of the guitar and piano, threaten us with nightmares.

Thom Yorke’s voice is one that is distinctive in the music industry, and this album in particular paints the picture as something so innocent, and eloquent, and a standout for us is “True Love Waits“, where his voice calls out for anyone to listen. The piano accompanying Yorke allows him to express his feelings as the perfect ballad. Standout songs like this and “Burn the Witch“, tell us that this is a band that know how far they have come, and this exhibition of different sounds gives us a feel of confidence.

This is an album that you’ll grow to love, the more you listen to it, and this #2 placing from us shows that even as one of the albums released much earlier than most of the albums listed, this is a true standout of 2016.

 

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