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100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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Radiohead, 'In Rainbows'


Radiohead, 'In Rainbows'
30/100

After the pay-what-you-like release hoopla died down, what were Radiohead fans left with? One of the band's best albums: expansive and seductive, full of songs they had been fleshing out live for a couple of years. You can hear the musicians' exhilaration all over the tracks, from the shivery tambourine buzz of "Reckoner" to the jagged guitar waves of "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi." These are the most intense love songs Thom Yorke has ever sung, especially "All I Need," and the warm live-percussion feel gives the whole album the vibe of a hippie jam session. One that's taking place at the end of the world, of course.

 

Related:
Rolling Stone's Original 2007 Review

The Future According to Radiohead: Rolling Stone's 2008 Cover Story

Fifteen Years of Radiohead: Photos of the Band From 'Pablo Honey' to 'In Rainbows'

 
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