Airbag/How Am I Driving?
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
buy it: out of print
Fantasies are Unlucky. But Beautiful.
a single you ask? Well, two reason actually. The first
being that Radiohead is one of the most influential bands in recent
history. The second reason is that this CD is not really
a single, it is an EP. There are seven tracks, of which
six are previously unreleased. Each of these tracks is a
fine example of Radiohead musical taste and style.
begins with "Airbag," originally found on the OK
Computer album, so there is nothing to get overly excited
about - yet... The next track, entitled "Pearly"
is a classic Radiohead style. The music is more rock oriented
than most of the tracks on OK Computer, it would have fit
nicely on The Bends. After "Pearly" we
go into a light instrumental entitled "Meeting in the Aisle."
This instrumental is a perfect segue on the album, leaving way
for the next track.
is a very slow song, similar to "Bullet Proof... I Wish I
Was" or "Black Star". The next song, "Polyethylene
(Parts 1 & 2)" is exactly what its name suggests - a
two part song. In a style similar to the one used in "Paranoid
Android", the song begins slow and quiet and builds to a
harder, louder, rock force. The louder section of the song
is very similar to "Lucky", only a bit faster.
"Melatonin", the next track is a spacy dreamscape with
a melancholic Thom Yorke offering up saddened vocals. This
is all set over a tribal drum beat.
continues with the final track - "Palo Alto", which
switches to a rock song. The rock on this track is more
pop than anything they have played in quite some time, taking
us back to Pablo Honey days, but ending with a sound which
could be straight off of OK Computer.
As you can see, this CD
has a mix of everything Radiohead has to offer. Sadly it
is only seven tracks. Who ever heard of a single winning album
of the year anyways, right?
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