In Rainbows is famed English rockband Radiohead’s seventh studio album. It was released via pay-what-you-want format in 2007, inciting a discussion about the future of music purchasing and business ethics.
Unlike Kid A or OK Computer, the music on In Rainbows is generally sparse, with clean guitars playing over polyrhythmic drum beats and slinky bass lines. Thom’s vocal performance on here is as stellar as ever, and even at the age of 39 he can hit very high notes with ease.
Many of the songs on In Rainbows deal with love, specifically his love for then-wife Rachel Owen. On “All I Need” Thom sings, “You are all I need / You’re all I need / I’m in the middle of your picture / Lying in the leaves“. He clearly has a lot of love in his heart and is not afraid to express that love on an album that would go on to sell 1.75 million units.
Like many of Radiohead’s albums, In Rainbows can best be described as simply “beautiful”. The album has a distinct autumnal feel to it. One can easily imagine orange and yellow leaves falling from the trees and one’s breath condensating in the chilly air.
Scott’s Spectacular Song Selections include: “15 Step”, “Bodysnatchers”, “Nude”, “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”, “Reckoner”, “Jigsaw Falling into Place”, and “Videotape”.