A Radiohead album release has become akin to finding folding money under a seat cushion. It doesn't happen often and when it does, it's usually a surprise.
Such was the release of A Moon Shaped Pool. No one expected it, but then...it was just there. More specifically, the announcement of it came only a week before the release and was accompanied by two singles - "Burn the Witch" and "Daydreaming", the two opening tracks on the album. Brilliant choices as the two were quite different from each other. The former is an uptempo number with a beautiful orchestral arrangement composed by guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood that's almost reminiscent of Kate Bush's Cloudbusting. The latter, a quiet pensive number that wallows in its languidity. Both different in tone but both beautifully serving as ambassadors representing the album as a whole.
A Moon Shaped Pool is an overall quieter entry into the band's catalog - at least much more so than 2011's bombastic and somewhat uneven King of Limbs, though this isn't to be mistaken for Radiohead-lite. They continue to be a band that can convey more with a solitary whisper, than most bands can with a chorus of screams
8.0 / 10
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