"This is as compelling and coherent a collection as they have ever made. It's a record that you can delve deep into and really inhabit; everything's in its right place." — musicOMH.com
In "The Numbers," a new song from British rockers Radiohead's ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool, Thom Yorke calls for a revolution, writes the Chicago Tribune in its review. "We'll take back what is ours," Yorke calmly declares. Yorke doesn't sound like he wants to lead a revolution so much as sign off on its inevitability.
The song begins as a loose-limbed, early '70s jam session, a casual journey that slowly gathers momentum, peaks suddenly and then just as quickly dissipates. Two songs later, in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Beggar Man Thief," the revolution has arrived, and it's not covered in glory. "All the holes at once are coming alive, set free," a shellshocked Yorke reports before his outpost is invaded, as represented by strings swirling like killer drones all around him.
Radiohead has made five-piece rock records and claustrophobic electronic ones, glitchy dance tracks and spiraling anthems since the early '90s. A Moon Shaped Pool merges downcast folk and chamber music, and injects noise into expansive orchestrations.
The Telegraph (U.K.) says this is Radiohead's most melodically accessible collection — "almost meditative in its ethereal mid-tempo loveliness, yet shot through with the kind of edgy details that never quite let a listener relax. It is chill-out music to put your nerves on edge."
Burn The Witch
Desert Island Disk
Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief
True Love Waits