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Review: two from Radiohead

Artist: Radiohead

This morning Radiohead released two more songs that were cut from their latest album, The King of Limbs.  The two songs, “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase” join the two previously released b-sides,”The Butcher” and “Supercollider.”  The new tunes are very strong; perhaps even stronger than some of the material that made the album.  Out of the two “The Daily Mail” could be considered “easy listening” when it comes to Radiohead at this point in their career: simple, dark melodies that swirl and swell until the obvious climax.  The song features singer Thom Yorke solo on piano until he is joined by the rest of the band which includes a powerful, but not overwhelming, horn section.  Regardless of its simple design it is incredibly effective.  The other song, “Staircase,” sounds much more akin to what the band was going for on The King of Limbs; skittish beats, complicated rhythms and electronic melodies.  It’s the weaker of the two, but it does hold its own fairly well.  Transparency isn’t something that Radiohead have always been known for, but hopefully they keep it up when it comes to their new material going forward.

4/5

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