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A 17 year old taking his first tentative steps into the world of blogging. In my first year, its been up and down, from the slow first months to a busy time around the one year anniversary.

Radiohead's 7th studio album finished

About two months ago a little sound snippet arrived on Radiohead's website: a whirlwind 2 minutes long, this casually released recording was actually short sections of the songs that would make up their seventh studio album. Since that time I have been anxiously awaiting the release of said album- provisionally titled "7", which should occur during the next couple of months.In fact, scratch that, I’ve been waiting for any sort of material whatsoever to make its way onto the airwaves from this hugely talented band. Lets face it: Radiohead are a pretty special group of people, possessing some of the most talented- and weird- individuals in modern music. Ever since I saw them live three years ago I’ve been quietly intrigued by the band, and their frontman Thom Yorke, in particular.

If you look through any decent music magazines (read Q, NME, Word) top 100 albums list, I’m sure you will find Radiohead albums occupy many of the available spaces. Last year, Thom Yorke’s debut solo album, The Eraser, would probably also have been in those magazines favourite albums of the year, and quite correctly. The only problem is, I can’t really understand why I like their/his music: place Kid A and OK Computer into your CD player or computer one after the other and you would struggle to believe they are by the same band if you weren’t so culturally inclined (flattery of the readership!). Whilst they flit between styles of music on each album, Radiohead always produce atmospheric, interesting music; you would be hard pressed to think of a mediocre Radiohead album.

From the heavily electronica and Krautrock influenced Kid A to the piece de resistance that is OK Computer, Radiohead have been producing quality music since their breakthrough debut, Pablo Honey. At this point, you really have to ask yourself: why then are they rarely cited as influences? Furthermore, I don’t think their music is anywhere near as revered as it should be given their consistency… and yet for all those who don`t know of the band there are the hugely devoted superfans: my whole family has loved the band since I can remember, and because i grew up with thesmI have many memories attached to songs such as Karma Police, 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm) and Paranoid Android, which on recollection is the first song I ever learnt the words to. However, don’t forget Thom Yorke’s solo offerings; The Eraser gave a clear idea of his new artistic direction, and became known in our household as Kid B, a phrase my Dad coined, due to it similarity to the previous Radiohead offering. The Eraser received many accolades (Mercury Priwe nominated) last year and has some really memorable songs on it (see bottom of this post for downloads).

After a long musical drought, the band broke the silence early this year to say that work was underway on their new album, the follow up to 2003’s Hail To The Thief. News broke early this month that the album was now completed, and a snippet was released on the bands website containing short parts of a selection of new songs: see hype machine if you are interested. It certainly built up the anticipation, and this has been achieved once again with the release of a new song by Modeselektor (Yorke's favourite band) featuring Thom Yorke titled White Flash. This song amps up the anticipation for the new album, and if any of the as yet untitled release is as good as this song I for one will be happy. It will be interesting to see which sound they have adopted for album number 7: have Yorkes solo albums been an indication of zhat is to come or will they surprise us? We shall see, but given their previous track record, this will be an album to remember...

Just a few of their most memorable songs: they can all be downloaded from this project, or by clicking the links individually. You can buy Radiohead's albums here...

Modeselektor feat. Thom Yorke- White Flash
Radiohead- 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm)
Radiohead- Creep
Radiohead- Paranoid Android
Radiohead- Karma Police
Radiohead- Knives Out
Radiohead- Idioteque
Thom Yorke- Analyse

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