IMO it is their most uneven album of their career, the first half of the album is probably some of the best songs they have ever written and had potential to dethrone OK Computer as their best album if the rest of the album were with the same quality. I also have a clear cut "best song" in thie album with Arpeggi which is probably a career highlight with Johnny and Ed in terms of creating hypnotic and beautiful guitar playing.
The 2nd half is pretty mediocre for my taste and my problems with it is that it is very repetitive. Now I'm too much of a fanboy about Radiohead and I buy into their general atmosphere and sound to say it's bad but it is a huge let down for me and I would be happy with completely cutting out the 2nd half and swapping with disc 2.
Faust arp - Seems like filler to me and completely unremarkable melodies.
Reckoner - In my mind the worst song on the album and I think it is a sub-par song. Thom Yorke sings an ok falsetto line which may have been great if that was just one of many different vocal lines in the album. Unfortunately he just decide to repeat that for pretty much the rest of the song and there is no variation in music arrangement. The only thing saving it is when the bridge comes in (Because we separate)which was pretty incredible (Radiohead always does good bridges) but the rest of the song really irritates me.
House Of Card: As a die-hard fan, I heard this song as a pretty folk acoustic type song in a bootleg during one of Thom Yorke solo charity gig. The song was less than 2 minutes long and I thought it was great. Then I heard the studio full band version and I reckon the band completely wreck the song. They essentially took 2 minute worth of music and padded it out to 5 and a half minutes and it just sounded like 2nd rate U2. Again it is repetitive as anything.
Jigsaw Falling into Place - The best song of the 2nd half. I don't have much complaint as the song isn't repetitive and I do like the bridge but I do believe the melodies are merely competent and overall unremarkable in their career. It's a Radiohead b-side standard song (which is still pretty good).
Videotape - I love the intro piano and I love Thom Yorke melodies in the song and when the drums come in is a nice effect. I enjoy the general atmosphere of the song BUT the song is repetitive and goes absolutely nowhere. This was just lazy songwriting, when has Radiohead settled for just repeating one section of the song with minute variation. I mean I like the part they were repeating alot but it seems to me Radiohead were coasting it.
Whilst in the 2nd CD I love basically every song on it. Last Flowers Till Hospital is probably one of Radiohead best ballads in their career and if I make a "best of" compilation that would be in there. Some of the strongest melodies especially the high notes in the chorus whilst the piano chords that were playing were descending. I like the pretty piano appegio and I like it when the acoustic guitar joins in. Simple but great.
Down is the new up - It's not often I'll say that a Radiohead song is "groovy" but this is the closest song to that description.
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