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In Rainbows

by Radiohead

Released October 10, 2007 via Radiohead / XL Recordings / ATO Records

Reviewed October 9, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi (72%), Jigsaw Falling Into Place (50%), Nude (40%)

Radiohead's seventh studio album blurred the lines between the business world and the art world. Ringing in a new era of consumer culture with regards to music and its market, In Rainbows sets a prestige for opening new doors and generating new ideas, while simultaneously being one of the greatest albums ever made. Sonically, stylistically, and artistically In Rainbows ticks pretty much every box that it finds itself in. A new direction in sonic spaces and a focus on captivating and capturing lush, vibrant and aesthetically pleasing soundscapes was high on the list of to-do's. Along with the lavishly built soundscapes, you won't find an album with better, more fulfilling grooves. The feel across In Rainbows is thick with soulful musicianship. A tangible, resonant warmth gradually offers itself up–an ever-giving fountain of residual heat. Risks must be taken for new ground to be broken. Progress relies on the act of stepping out on the branch - belief in one's wings is essential. The 'pay what you want scheme' being the ultimate risk. Very few records manage to get everything right. In Rainbows is a special collection of music. Some things tap into a place in which words can't really describe. – Peter (10/10)

Jared: 10/10 | Peter: 10/10 | Cam: 9/10 | DeVán: 9/10

Pax: 9/10 | Hadley: 8.5/10 | Dominick: 7.7/10

Community Reviews:

Can easily be discussed as one of the best albums of all time. Revolutionary for its format of release. This record has everything – anonymous community member (10/10)

Probably their best. It grew on me a lot and “Jigsaw” feels like it could be their best song and the climax of their career. I’m not sure if it’s still the most underrated of the big 3 anymore. “Reckoner” has some of the best singing ever too. – @bylanbuhrmee (10/10)

Best Radiohead album. – @nayef.nowsher (9/10)


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