#2. In Rainbows
The most surprising thing about Radiohead's seventh album turned out to be neither the method of distribution (email) nor the suggested retail price (whatever you want) but the fact that when the damn thing finally materialized... it was a Coldplay record! Alright, it's not quite that wet, but having gone as far as experimentation and paranoia could take them, Thom Yorke and company started over, honed their melodies and let their warmest emotions run free. With its swooning vocals and rising strings Nude could be filed under R&B, while All I Need resolves with a series of contented sighs. Even the spooky-starting Videotape ends with the life affirming lyric "today has been/ The most perfect day I've ever seen." Factor in that they still pack more complexity into their tracks than any rock band on earth, and In Rainbows was well worth whatever you paid for it.
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