Sunday, December 10, 2006
Radiodread: ok computer simulation
Ok computer is one of the best, possibly one of the most important, rock albums ever. It is dark, complex, emotional, innovative - and consistently ranks at or near the top in popular and critic polls.*
With music so moving, so captivating, I'm always keen to hear more, further mine the vein.
To Radiohead's great credit - unfortunately - they moved on immediately, so their later music sounds more electronic, less rock - and more impenetrable.
And now there's variations on the theme from the Easy Star Allstars: Radiodread, a reggae version of the full album Ok Computer.
This is a fine line to tread: you can alienate either those people seeking true faith with the album, or those who expect something more.
Yet it works, very well. It is faithful to the original - with a reggae beat. This sweetens, softens the original mood, but presents very creditable music, good guitar - and freshens the grooves the music has worn in my mind.
Why did they do it? Apparently due to wide acclaim for their previous project - a reggae version of Dark Side Of The Moon. Looking forward to it.
*See for example, Rate Your Music, and the recent poll of Australia's JJJ listeners.