A cool calming breeze of fresh air
This album is probably my favorite Radiohead album to date, and is probably becoming one of my favorite albums of all time. The reason why I love this album so much is for many reasons; one is that it is very unique, with every song having its own special touch, and two that it is such a subtle album. The subtle nature of this album might draw some people away, but I feel like it gives the album that extra edge. The melodies are beautiful (like in Present Tense and Glass Eyes) and when it wants to get a little wild it does it in style (like in Ful Stop and Burn the Witch). Thom Yorke's voice gives this album that extra emotion and almost angelic feeling. Every part of this album is fantastic! I do wish iTunes had the Deluxe Edition available though (which includes Ill Wind and Spectre). Both of those songs are really awesome and it would make this album even better! Overall, I highly recommend this album for anyone who loves Radiohead, or music that strays away from trying to be popular, and instead, just tries to actually sound beautiful without pushing itself.
Haunting and magnificent
I've only recently gotten into Radiohead over the past year and a half. I listened to the bends first, and while I was impressed, I knew this band was hiding something more between the layers of their beautiful sound, there was a hidden potential per say.
All of a sudden, a YouTube alert pops up on my phone that says: "Burn The Witch"
This was a bit of a shock to me cause I had thought they broke up after King Of Limbs. Nonetheless I listened to "Burn The Witch" and was instantly in love with it. The beautiful and menacing violins, Yorke's soaring vocals, the eerie lyrics, everything was just..in its right place (Yes. Pun intended.)
Then daydreaming came out and yet again encapsulated my interests, thus directing my full attention onto Radiohead. Here is a band that has been making music since the 90s that is still relevant, critically acclaimed and beloved by many people, I need more!!
To satisfy the burning desire, I listened to Kid A for the first time (Which is now in my top 5 favorite albums of all time..) and was yet again astonished at the odd but haunting compositions, such beauty engraved into carefully crafted songs that demand your attention and careful listening.
At this point, A Moon Shaped Pool was
Out, and because I loved all the singles, I decided to purchase the album. Let me just say this- it is one of the best purchases I think I have ever made. This album is beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous and intricate. Yorke's voice still shines like it did in the 90s and early 00s. The songwriting is still as brilliant as it was in albums like "OK computer" and "Kid A"~Mysterious, engaging and downright haunting. There are bits of the glitchy electronic elements explored in Kid A layered throughout A Moon Shaped Pool. Notably on Daydreaming. Synths and odd noises collide and somehow make-in terms of Radiohead logic, something gorgeous. Drum machines meticulously pound on Desert island Disc, heavily textured guitars on Ful Stop pick away at your heart string and make you lust for more of this album.
I give this a five out of five, not only in terms of enjoyment, but the pure brilliance radiating from this work of art. Radiohead has really outdone themselves again, defying all odds that time held against them to craft a haunting work of art that will be honored as one of-if not THE best album of the 10s. So take a listen if you dare, you won't be disappointed.