This track well encapsulates the crummy couple of weeks I’ve just been through. Thom’s lavish crooning picks you up and out of this universe; the dense, incessant sounds swirl you around the room. When the band drops out midway through, you hang on to every sonic texture as they build back up again. And when the drums finally return, you can’t help but bob your head and smile at their genius. Radiohead never ceases to amaze me in their ability to tie intense emotion with inventive songwriting. Like many of their songs, “Reckoner” showcases their consistent prowess as a band, equating to far more than the sum of its artistic parts.
A quote on the YouTube page for this video sums the band up well:
“Few bands reach the point where they need to choose whether they would become the biggest band or the greatest band. Coldplay and U2 went one way, Radiohead went the other.”
The trend these days is to take on big musical ideas alone, with a laptop, a few electronic devices, and a miniature keyboard. Here’s someone who breaks out of his “bedroom recording artist” shell and incorporates other talented musicians to play parts of his expanded song arrangements. The result is well worth the extra effort.