time readers might remember my troublesome relationship to Radiohead's
two latest albums. As I was hoping for, this album is a marriage between
the old and the new Radiohead, and I can finally let out a sigh of relief.
The sad thing is that songs with the same power and emotional impact as
“Fake Plastic Tree”, “Street Spirit (Fade out)”
and “Exit Music (For a Film)” are nowhere to be found. On
the other hand we have a full on electronic track that’s actually
good! I think that the band's flirts with the Warp sound was a bit sad
on the two previous albums, but “Backdrifts” is a masterpiece
with washes of synthpads over a clinical beat, and of course Thom’s
characteristic singing. Overall it seems like they have found their way
back to the songs again, and incorporated the electronics more fluently
- thus creating a very unique style.