A little hesitant to give In Rainbows a listen at first-as nothing can ever be so great as OK Computer-I finally gave in to my curiosity. My attention was first grasped by the rippling sounds, then the dynamic piano chords, and later the frustration pronounced by the guitar. However, not until I reached âReckonerâ did I completely fall in love with this album. In Rainbows meets the high standard set by previous records and sustains the Radiohead legacy. Opening with â15 Stepâ, Radiohead sets the pace of the whole album. The listener is given a preview of everything that is about to come â some tragedy, a few parts of happiness, and fast-paced frustration. As soon as Thom Yorkeâs signature voice is heard, you know youâre in Radiohead-land. The guitar vibrates like waves in a puddle, yet the drumbeat ceases to feel emotion. A synth is established; listening to lyrics is almost unnecessary â youâre able to acquire a meaning solely by listening to the fuse of the instruments. â15 Stepâ builds frustration, but then again, what song by Radiohead doesnât? âBodysnatchersâ pursues the confusion of the previous track, however, the confusion of Yorkeâs voice and that of the guitar is perhaps a little too much. This song is discontinuous and busy, but when it is over, something about it appeals to me and I long to hear it again. âNudeâ alters the atmosphere a bit, entering calmer grounds. This Flaming Lips-esque track canât be enjoyed to its full extent without headphones. You need the music right in your ears to receive the full dynamic effect, to implant it in your mind. A song such as this is in its own way melodic and beautiful, one that could perhaps appear in a love dream. I imagine drifting off to sleep with this tuneâ¦ In the midst of the many robotic arpeggios in âWeird Fishes/Arpeggi,â I am stumbled with surprise when the song ends, since I noticed no climax in this somewhat generic piece. However, the next âAll I Needâ soothes me back into love with this album, as it is one of the best songs. Immediately, I feel the bass making passionate harmony with the low-toned octaves on the piano. As higher notes are hit, everything begins to come together: the clashing cymbals and eager piano merge with high-pitched violins somewhere far in the distance. The lyrics start to come across with the point, coalescing with this climactic harmony and telling me, âyouâre all I need.â As I previously mentioned, âReckonerâ captivated me immediately. Why? Maybe itâs the melancholy guitar riffs, or the agony of the voice that create a somber, cloudy environment. Itâs as if heâs wishing and hoping for something impossible. Then the howls stop â a changing realization occurs. Violins enrich the piece, concluding the uncompromising tone and sending out a message of agony. Besides a slight hint of betrayal and separation, Iâm still only vaguely aware of exactly what this song is about. Regardless, âReckonerâ is hypnotic, intense and stands out among the songs. âHouse of Cardsâ reels back to a somewhat positively romantic ambience. âI donât wanna be your friend/I just wanna be your lover,â he hums peacefully. The background howls sound like a My Morning Jacket tribute, if you ask me. Wrapping up the album with a slow, confessing âVideotape,â it is easy to develop attachment and empathy for the circumstance. âYou are my center when I spin awayâ¦ This is my way of saying goodbye/because I canât do it face to face.â A longing piano resonates back and forth, underlining a theme of abandonment and death. Twisting and turning emotions through the tracks, Radiohead once again gets down to business: creating abstract music that is full of affection and unknown desire. In Rainbows certainly meets expectations, and I think any other Radiohead fan would agree.