Monday, July 10, 2006

Thom Yorke - The Eraser

I just raved about the highly anticipated Muse album, Black Holes and Revelations, that comes out in the U.S. tomorrow. Another album everyone is anxious to get their ears on is Thom Yorke's solo release, The Eraser. Thanks to a friend, I've had the pleasure of sampling it ahead of time so that I can come here and let you know that you should go buy it tomorrow. As some of you may or may not know, depending on how much you keep up, Thom Yorke is the lead singer of indie-rock giants Radiohead, so this is release is kind of a big deal.

If I had to describe what you're going to find on this album, I'd have to refer to Radiohead's track, "Idioteque," because there is the same kind of feel to this record as there is in that particular song, which you can find on Kid A. There's a lot of that whole incorporation of varying beats behind Yorke's angelic vocals that keep the tracks moving smoothly together. Speaking of tracks, there are only nine of them on The Eraser, which actually had me salivating for more. Good move on his part, I guess.

Lyrically speaking, Yorke sticks to his signature practice of mixing stuff that makes sense with stuff that doesn't at all, making you think he may have been bouncing back and forth between the real world and Wonderland in the midst of writing. The title track is one I can relate to, as it begins, "Please excuse me but I got to ask/Are you only being nice/Because you want something?" That one is easily my favorite.

Lastly, an interesting aural observation I made upon listening is that I was pleasantly reminded of local favorites Snowden in some instances. That may sound like an odd comparison since I'm putting a local Atlanta band into the same category as someone as seasoned as Thom Yorke, but if you're educated on the two, you'll probably hear the same thing I did. I'm just saying. I give this album a thumbs up.
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