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Radiohead – OK Computer

22 11 2010

Listened: Tuesday October 12

OK Computer is the first Radiohead album I ever bought. I slacked on purchasing The Bends and Pablo Honey for a very long time, just because I was very familiar with the singles (and a cheapskate) and wasn’t motivated to buy the whole thing.

It was the beginning of college when OK Computer was released, and that was when I decided to dive in. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Thom Yorke wails beautifully. Every time Thom sings “Rain down, rain down, come on rain down on me. From a great height, from a great height, height” or “It’s gonna be a glorious day, I feel my luck could change. Pull me out of the aircrash, pull me out of the wreck, cause I’m your superhero. We’re standing on the edge” or “For a minute there, I lost myself, I lost myself” I can’t help but think OK Computer is a modern opera. The emotional strain in his voice on those lines moves me as I imagine arias move opera lovers. Radiohead, more than any other band, always makes me think of the George Carlin quote “Singing is basically a form of pleasant, controlled screaming.”

An odd note is how funny the Mac-robo-voice is on Fitter, Happier 13 years on. It totally reminds me of the 90s and making our computers say silly or dirty statements. My friend Audrey and I used to have competitions about who could think of the funniest one, and we had a rotation on our Macs so every alert message was a different statement. Having a computer say “Dammit” when it encounters an issue is very fitting.

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Talvin Singh – OK

22 11 2010

Listened: Tuesday October 12

OK is a lot more upbeat than Ha. I can stand listening to it at work without danger of sleeping. It’s both jazzy and Eastern-flavored at the same time. However, it still probably belongs in yoga class, not my office.





The Shins – Oh Inverted World

22 11 2010

Listened: Tuesday October 12

The Shins are of the Minus the Bear school of song titling – ridiculous and having nothing to do with the content of the song. I give you Know Your Onion! and Caring Is Creepy. When bands do that I either get a painfully artsy and over-serious vibe, or the opposite: immature and unable to deal with scrutiny. Either way, not so great. I know what not to do in my next life when I start a band.

I have to admit I’m a fair-weather Shins fan; this is the only album that I own. I bought it because it was hip (though I did like the songs). Upon listing to earlier and later works, I don’t like them as much, and therefore didn’t buy them. This is truly a great album though; it’s fun to sing along to and it’s over before I know it.