Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (2016)
Radiohead is one of those bands that does not need an introduction. From Creep to OK Computer to In Rainbows, Radiohead has amassed a collection of highly acclaimed albums and songs. After their last record, The King of Limbs, released in 2011, many fans (including myself) were wondering what the next record was going to sound like. Well, Radiohead definitely delivered with a very well rounded album.
Right off the bat, Radiohead attacks with the very upbeat, orchestral driven “Burn the Witch”. Also the first single of the record, Burn the Witch contains a groovy bass riff and a very catchy chorus section with a nice falsetto by Thom Yorke. After the first track we are segued into the song “Daydreaming” which contains a nice piano undertone throughout. Both songs are sonically very different, but compliment each other very nicely. Radiohead throughout the record incorporates many electronic sounds and orchestral sounds to compliment each song. Plus the album tackles the idea of love and loss in the lyrics, which is very relatable.
Overall A Moon Shaped Pool is a great Radiohead record. Radiohead takes various ideas that they’ve implemented in past albums and used them in song structures on this album. The two lead singles are well-crafted songs, and the rest of the album is very good. But I’m not sure if I would recommend this to first time Radiohead listeners. If you really want to appreciate what they did with this record, it would be more beneficial to go through their past discography. That way you can really get an understanding on how this record came to be.
Highlights: Burn the Witch, Daydreaming, Decks Dark, Identikit
Lowlights: Glass Eyes, Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor…