Going through this record won’t be a calm experience as it was perhaps intended. Lots of questions will spark in one’s head. Is this more of a distribution experiment? Or is it a strong and important artistic piece as well? Some may feel that the music does not match the logistic experimentation as it was the case with In Rainbows. It is obviously not as original at least. It’s safe to say that this is the first album by Thom Yorke that won’t bring anything new to the table. That’s not a harsh remark since he has been constantly innovating the soundscape for more than 20 years. This time around though Thom and Nigel play with juicy innovation that others popularized recently. The heavy ducking of Purity Ring or Braids though is much more coherent, more melodic, more elaborate and it won’t hurt while listening on headphones. Truth Ray kinda switches the roles here. We used to hear Thom being the elaborate one.
The rest is cool. It is the core and skeleton of all the beauty and essence found in radiohead and in previous yorke-related music. This time everything’s truly naked though, the same - but totally stripped.
Score: 8 / 10