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A Moon Shaped Pool

by Radiohead

Released May 8, 2016 via XL Recordings

Reviewed May 5, 2021

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Daydreaming (59%), Burn the Witch (48%), True Love Waits (45%)

A Moon Shaped Pool is Radiohead's ninth studio album and the most recent installment in their iconic discography. Their tendency to be prolific over the years continues, but with a stronger focus on the atmospheric side of their repertoire. A Moon Shaped Pool is a masterclass on the production front—immensely spacious yet haunting in its proximity; it is a wholly immersive experience. Album closer “True Love Waits” spent 20+ years waiting for the right time to appear on a studio album’s tracklist. Time has a funny way of presenting the perfect opportunity for things to work out, as the stars align for better or worse. If one word could describe A Moon Shaped Pool's essence, it would have to be bittersweet. With this record, the Oxford five-piece once again show us why they're among the most well-lauded acts of the last 30 years. – Peter (9/10)

The catalog of Radiohead is one of never ending sonic shifting and experimentation; even up to their latest recording, the band is still finding ways to reinvent their sound. On their ninth LP, Radiohead opted for a more orchestral focus, manipulating string arrangements to create a broodingly atmospheric exploration of self-reflection. Introspection is nothing new for the group, but A Moon Shaped Pool feels like a true dive into the subconscious, with themes of love and the emotions that come with it being prevalent. Ambience is a heavy focus as the band creates some of the most ethereal instrumentation of their career. It’s tight, well written, incredibly produced, and feels so human. – Jared (8.5/10)

Peter: 9/10 | Daniel: 8.8/10 | Jared: 8.5/10 | Hadley: 8/10

Pax: 7.9/10 | Cam: 7.5/10 | DeVán: 7/10 | Dominick: 6.2/10


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