Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Radiohead Chase Rainbows

So unless you've been sleeping for the last two weeks, you might have heard Radiohead were releasing their new album, In Rainbows, on October 10th in a completely new fashion. They are offering the album as a digital download (a leak, if you will) for the price of "whatever." Basically, they bundled their announcement of a new album with the promise of a early leak and the moral ambiguity of allowing users to pay whatever they feel is appropriate for a download.

But there's a catch. As many found out this morning, the quality of the leak (like the old days) was going to be lesser than a real release, 160 kbps as opposed to the more traditional 192 or the way better 256 or 320. Sacrilege to the audiophile set, myself included, and a little underhanded since this wasn't announced up front, but to most, (*cough, myself included) it doesn't matter. We'll still download it.

I'm listening to it right now and it is, of course, impressive. It's Radiohead. It's electro-funky and kinda weird and a little scattered, but haven't they always been a little over the place?

It's been out less than a couple hours, but some people are not impressed. Dude, give it a day.

Further reading (and staring amazingly at crazy Radiohead fans) here: Pitchfork's Guide to In Rainbows.



Blogger Chris B said...

Nice! I can't wait to hear it.

It's about time I catch up on some Radiohead, they were one of my favorites way back with Ok Computer.

October 10, 2007 10:15 PM  

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