A Moon Shaped Pool: Radiohead’s Comeback!

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Radiohead members from left to right: Colin Greenwood (bassist), Jonny Greenwood (guitarist), Thom Yorke (lead singer, lyricist), Phil Selway (drummer) and Ed O’Brian (guitarist, vocal backup)
 

After five years of total eclipse, Radiohead are back with a new official album (also known for the fans as LP9) « A Moon Shaped Pool ». For those who didn’t enjoy the spectacular yet quite muddled « King of Limbs » back in 2011 (check the live versions if you feel like dancing your head off), the new album is made for you.

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                                « A Moon Shaped Pool » Album Cover

Concerning their marketing strategy this time, Radiohead simply emptied the content of their internet accounts and wiped out their virtual presence online, only to drop a bomb via their Twitter account on the 6th of May telling the world they’re releasing their new album online on the 8th of May.

« A Moon Shaped Pool » isn’t just a « new Radiohead album », but also the fruit of several years of work and fan-dedication. It blends all musical genres Radiohead has ever adopted and adds some new instrumentation, style and elements to the mix. Let’s take for example the dynamic entrance of the album, “Burn the Witch”: Not only does the song’s pace race to a struggling escapism that doesn’t seem to appear at the end of the long instrumental setup, but the usage of pizzicato-played violins in masses based on the works of the likes of Bach, orchestrated by the magnificent Jonny Greenwood, led to the creation of a suffocating yet smooth and ongoing rhythm that allows to conclude the song on a nightmarish tone. It’s interesting to mention that the song deals with the s European immigration crisis.

Nothing is to be said concerning the cinematic ambient track “Daydreaming” released as a single exactly two days before the album came out. Check it out for yourself with the Paul Thomas Anderson directed video clip shot on gorgeous 35mm and simply immerse yourselves in it.

As to the “fan-services” that have been quite lacking in Radiohead’s previous works and long awaited by fans, their patience has finally been prolific: The wildly adored “Identikit” that’s only been played in concerts before and never recorded has finally made an appearance, blending both vibrant up speed tempo with Thom Yorke’s cry out against the current mechanistic human behavior. With the “London Contemporary Orchestra” choir backing Yorke’s vocalist performance, the song is set to make quite an impression on the tracklist.

The album closes on a most melancholic and nostalgic tone with the sweet heartbreaking “True Love Waits”, a song that’s 20 years old by now. Accompanied by a tender piano instead of the quite known strings and guitar arrangement, the song is what we might call a “sentimental farewell” that ends “A Moon Shaped Pool” on the gentlest of tones.

Finally, the songs are listed in alphabetical order which is quite peculiar coming from a band like “Radiohead” whose track record rhymes with everything but order. Perhaps after all, they do like “Everything in its Right Place”!

Tracklist:

1-Burn the Witch

2-Daydreaming

3-Decks Dark

4-Desert Island Disk

5-Ful Stop

6-Glass Eyes

7-Identikit

8-The Numbers

9-Present Tense

10-Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief

11-True Love Waits

Ali Hamouch  

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