#186. Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007)
After six albums of heavy experimentation, with almost every single one of them haunting and almost bleak, we get a whole different side of Radiohead on In Rainbows. What’s so special about this album? Well, we get, what seems, an almost “happy” Radiohead. The songs come off almost romantic and sweet, yet they don’t overdo it with cheesy or lame sounds or lyrics. They feel very loose and free (which should make sense since they were no longer apart of EMI).
This whole album really does have a electronic/ambient-pop element similar to Kid A, but in a whole different way. That album created a mood piece as a whole. This album was like an ambient-rock-pop album that just focused more on having fun with the music. What’s even funnier is the whole album really does sound “colorful,” as in the band just let loose and let themselves; this helps the overall theme presented within the album of just being human.
The album is really just the idea of growing older and maturing, and it’s beautiful. Radiohead really was able to recover from Hail to the Thief like nothing.