Wednesday, July 18, 2007

What If Thom Yorke married Bjork

Few bands have sustained a fever pitch of artistic genius like Radiohead. The Cambridge, England band, formed in 1986, first hit the pop charts with 1993's Pablo Honey and its slacker anthemic single, "I'm a Creep." Classically trained musicians all, their success meant that music mastered meant music mastered.

OK Computer and The Bends are considered by many, including your humble scribe, to be among the best albums of the 1990s.

Then came 2000's Kid A, which took ambient sounds, weird loops and samples, Thom Yorke's singular vocals and the Greenwood brothers' soaring guitar solos into literally uncharted territory. While it, and the followup album "Amnesiac" were critically acclaimed, they did alienate many fans of their prior more traditional, guitar-based sound. Their sixth album, Hail to the Thief, which came out in 2003, was a turn back to their earlier style of music.

Here's a live taping of "National Anthem," from a concert in Paris.


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