- the fabulous Will Benham
As I am in complete agreement with Will, I think you can probably imagine what I have to say about Thom Yorke's new cd, The Eraser. And since everybody in the music business has already reviewed this highly anticipated cd, I won't give you a proper review. I'll simply gush about what it means to me and how Thom Yorke is one of the most important musical geniuses of our time.
The reviews of The Eraser have actually been all over the place, with many critics lamenting the lack of contribution of the rest of Radiohead, complaining that the cd sounds half-realised.
I do agree that Radiohead as a cohesive unit are incredibly gifted and capable of almost unimaginable feats of musicality. Personally, I believe that Jonny Greenwood is a genius in his own right, not only from a guitarist's standpoint, but in his ability to make his own instruments to produce the sound that he is seeking.
In making The Eraser, Thom Yorke has fulfilled a personal need to explore his own interest in electronica and to let that interest lead him to new sounds. It is supposed to sound minimalist; it's Thom playing with the very thing of his nightmares - computers and percussions and the stripped-down coldness of an alien existence. But with the strange off-kilter beats as a backdrop, Thom's voice soars like it never has before. You just can't help getting utterly lost in it, if you allow yourself to. And if Thom Yorke is brave enough to explore those dark and broody recesses, we should be willing to join him.
Here is Atoms for Peace - Thom Yorke
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