Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead's ninth LP proper sees them once again couple with mega-producer Nigel Godrich. Together they have created possibly the band's most coherent record of their whole career.
Some of these songs date well back in time and that coupled with the accessibility of comeback single Burn The Witch and their recent dare-I-say fan-pleasing set-lists suggest a group finally comfortable in their own skin, embracing all that they really are.
So you do still get electronica, but less of the fractured kind. Sure, Thom still sings of alienation, doubt and paranoia, but in the most beautiful way imaginable. These songs build and build, swept into shape by Johnny Greenwood's London Contemporary Orchestra strings, peppered with psych-folk and even dub reggae vibes. It's heavy, (let's face it) depressive, but eminently listenable.
One for diehards, but crucially, the casual listeners too.
Label: XL Recordings
Genre: Rock & Pop Re-Issues
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: XLLP790
Released: 17th June 2016