The Eraser

The Eraser

by Thom YorkeThom Yorke

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Overview

All too often, when the frontman of a highly recognizable band decides to decamp on a solo venture, the results have the air of a busman's holiday -- a disc that could just as easily have been proffered under the moniker of the band in question. Not so this offering from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. While it's not a radical departure from what fans are used to hearing, this complex, highly charged disc certainly flaunts different facets of Yorke's persona, both in terms of sound and emotional tone. There's a dark, sometimes desperate feel to songs like the eerie "The Clock" -- on which the singer keeps coming back to the mantra that "time is running out for all of us" -- but The Eraser isn't a downer. Rather, recalling Kid A or Amnesiac, it's an invitation to push the negative energies aside, a vibe that's especially contagious on the wide-screen "It Rained All Night," which carries an almost childlike sense of awe about the grandeur of the natural world. Mooted to be Yorke's "electronic" album, The Eraser does have its share of cryptic sonics -- the sample-delic "Analyze" is particularly stark in its mad-scientist approach -- but there's plenty of sinew and soul on display. Take "Harrowdown Hill," on which Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich cook up a rhythmic gumbo that's spiced with good doses of funk, or "Atoms for Peace," a full-bodied blend of space-pop and visceral moodiness. Those are, admittedly, blips on the radar screen of an album that's purposefully low-key, dominated by Yorke's sighing vocals and feathery piano touches. But they go a long way towards humanizing The Eraser, making it an album that connects on both a basic level and a very deep one.

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Release Date: 07/11/2006
Label: Xl Recordings
UPC: 0634904020026
catalogNumber: 40200
Rank: 17964

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