This is not a review of Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool. Rather, it is the acknowledgement of the fact that after a gap (not long by today’s standards, anyway) they still capture my imagination right at the first release from the new album. Like the late David Bowie, they use the element of surprise, working away but not committing to release dates, until they have it all ready. Except erasing all their social media outlets was a dead giveaway that there is something coming. Within a week, as it were.
Now I’m listening to A Moon Shaped Pool, thinking how over the last 20 years I’ve listened to Radiohead much more than I even realised. I’ve even passed it on to a younger generation, not by pushing it, but by answering the question ”which Radiohead albums should I listen to first?” (my answers were OK Computer and Kid A, even if I love Hail To the Thief).
The new album is not yet available on Spotify. The music industry politics and policies being what they are in the age of streaming, and the attitudes of Radiohead and Thom Yorke in particular, who knows if or when it will. Still, I’m happy for my Apple Music subscription, which let me put on and enjoy the new album as soon as I had the time to sit down and pay attention to it. I trust the band will be compensated.
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
How is the album? Great, great, great. About as far from ”rock’n’roll” as you get without throwing away your electric guitar. Read the Pitchfork review. Read the Consequence of Sound review. Listen for yourself (Apple Music and iTunes links above).