Somebody–the ever-thoughtful Ann Powers at the Los Angeles Times–finally gets to the heart of the reason why Radiohead is selling their new record for whatever price you’re willing to pay.
It’s about the album. They want you to appreciate the record as a whole. They think rock music is about art and exploration, not just machine-assembling catchy jingles, er, songs.
"In Rainbows" is different because it’s that most old-fashioned of
commodities — a new studio album. A fetish object of the classic-rock
era, the studio album allows artists to firmly mark career high points
while offering listeners a sustained experience, much like a novel or
For about the millionth time, a debate focuses on questions of money, industry, and novelty, ignoring art and truth. Thank God for the idealism of Yorke and his brainy co-conspirators. I look forward to finding out what they mean by the title "In Rainbows." Sounds like beauty, doesn’t it?