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What the Hell Am I Doing Here?
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flw From: flw Date: January 20th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Hip

Where are all you cool people? A lot of great comments here. It reminds me of all those years I spent going to show after show after show seeing the same people repeatedly. Did I ever talk to them? No. They to me? No. Why? Who knows...

Did you see the New Year's Eve Broadcast on current_?

AWESOME!

It must be a little tough to have something as amazing as OK Computer in your past. To have people constantly comparing your present work to it, and finding your new work unable to compete with something that has had ten years to work its way into every facet of your consciousness and unconsciousness. That is why I think it is horribly unfair to compare Radiohead's latest to their "masterwork". I think RH have relaxed nicely into middle-aged craftsmanship. I will look forward to every one of their albums for the rest of my life, I expect. And I hope they keep making them.

This one is great, of course. It has a "groove and riff" feel. As if one or another of the band members said, "Check out this groove," and another said, "Check out this riff." You got your chocolate in my peanut butter... No! You got your peanut butter in my chocolate! Of all their albums, I feel this one has potential for Orchestral arrangements. It has a certain classical feel to it. Themes, harmonies, tricks, surface and resurface. It has a sense of "place". You feel it was made somewhere, in a hurry, by desperate people with something to prove. It is a miracle that people who fly around the world on private jets performing music can even come close to pushing that feel, but these guys are masters.

There is little in the way of guitar or technical gymnastics to it... This album has something to prove, but nothing technical. It has a poetic point. I agree that it may be their best. It is one of those albums that you must listen to over and over, and then eventually it floats away from you, or sits on top of the bookcase, and you sort of forget about it. Then one day it works its way back into your every day pile. OK Computer was like that for me. I listened in 1997 and was amazed at the artistry of it. But never really listened to it again until 2002 or so, when I started listening to it obsessively, going to sleep with it on every night like I did with Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure when I was in High School.

It's a great drive around all night album.

It has returned RH to the sort of "private despair of a disconnected modern landscape of isolation" feel away from the "Are they actually doing this?" feel of Hail to the Thief.

I think the deployment hype is well deserved. It is going to make people aware of the fact that "record" companies are DEAD. At least for the likes of Radiohead. I failed to download it, because the "pay what you want" feature was in pounds, and I was scared I would accidentally charge myself $50 or something!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 20th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Hip

Such a great comment! Yes, I have awesome friends, yourself included. As I'm too tired to type a proper response, let me just state that I agree with you and also note that I listened to Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me -- horribly underrated, in my mind -- over and over like that when I was nineteen and Pavement's. . . Actually, I listened to every Pavement album that way.
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