Friday, October 12, 2007
Shake it up, baby: Radiohead makes twist and shouts with downloadable In Rainbows
Radiohead made history Wednesday when they issued their seventh album as a "pay what you think it's worth" digital download.
First of all, the album is a solid, fun piece of work. Radiohead fans will be happy, I think, and new listeners will be stimulated. Secondly, it reminds the world that artists sometimes do more than work their artful ouevre.
Bucking the fusty mainstream is something you can try when you're at the bottom or the top. The fellows in Radiohead have sold some 20 million albums worldwide and are bloody rich.
On the other hand, the album is meticulously crafted and is the product of 2 years in studios. Only musicians can begin to imagine the amount of work represented in the tracks of In Rainbows.
There is a controversy over the sonic quality of the download. But what I heard on Kscl last night seemed quite listenable.
The adventure begins here.