2.5 out of 5 stars.
Radiohead’s ninth studio album, released digitally on May 8 (CD set to be released June 17).
At no point does this album cause me to stop what I’m doing to pay particular attention. It’s a fine soundtrack for writing/zoning out but will never accompany me in the car. The dynamic refuses to alter. We get an end-of-the night, tired atmosphere throughout (think of listening to Videotape from In Rainbows for fifty minutes). It works for a certain mood but makes for an unremarkable album.
I’d only recommend A Moon Shaped Pool if you deeply love Radiohead. If you’re looking to get into the band, try In Rainbows (2007) or OK Computer (1997) instead.
(The track Ful Stop has these sustained chords that sound like Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire. It confuses my brain. Is anyone else getting that?)
Standout Track: Decks Dark