Monday, September 25, 2006

September Audio Selection: Thom Yorke: The Eraser

This album could carry many alternate titles. Some of them may be "Excerpts from the Motion Picture ‘A Scanner Darkly’ ", "Kid B", or "Radiohead minus the other guys”. Regardless of your preferred way of referring to this album, it remains a must-listen for fans of musical curiosities and experimentation.
While bearing in mind the inevitable comparison to the album's close cousin "Kid A", this new album from the Radiohead front man doesn't have the same jarring effect that being ahead of its time leant "Kid A". As a result, as similar as the works are, The Eraser manages to be an easier listen.
And listen you must, because underneath the minimal grooves and Yorke's nasal warblings is something suprisingly brave in its melancholy. It's tough, sometimes, to remember that the rest of the band isn't gonna sweep in at some moments to elevate a song to more customary post-prog-rock proportions. However, when enjoyed on the whole, this absense of the epic slant of Radiohead actually compliments the album, adding an element of desolation that is almost an instrument by its own right here.

Thom Yorke: The Eraser
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