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RADIOHEAD Review :’The Daily Mail’ and ‘Staircase’

As promised, here is my review of the latest offerings from Thom Yorke and Co. , ‘The Daily Mail’ and ‘Staircase’. Both tracks were recorded during ‘The King of Limbs’ sessions, but they sound very different from each other. Let’s start with :


‘The Daily Mail’.

Within 10 seconds, I was in love with this song. It’s a beautiful, piano-based track, reminiscent of ‘Fog (Again)’, one of my all-time favourite RADIOHEAD tracks. Yorke sings like an angel, but let’s be clear here : he’s got a message for us, and it’s not a very happy one. This song is a perfect condemnation of the powers- that- be in modern life, and it’s not too far a stretch to say that you could apply this to the current media ethics scandal happening in the UK. “You got away with it, but we lie in wait”, Yorke hauntingly croons, until all hell breaks loose; the piano is overshadowed by an almighty racket of drums and crunching guitars. An absolute spine-tingler. Why couldn’t ‘The King of Limbs’ be more like this?!?!



The second track, ‘Staircase’, sounds exactly like every song on ‘The King of Limbs’; a collection of bleeps, disjointed rhythms, and random noises. However, this one does have lyrics in it, which can’t be said for quite a few songs from the last album. It is also not as difficult to listen to as songs such as ‘Morning Mr Magpie’, but it’s not very memorable, and elicited almost no response from me; a complete contrast to ‘The Daily Mail’.


So, there you have it. One classic track, one not-so-classic track. Whilst ‘Staircase’ is not a bad song by any stretch of the imagination, it is completely overshadowed by the majest of ‘The Daily Mail’. One of my favourite things about RADIOHEAD is there constant ability to evolve, change direction, and push boundaries. ‘The King of Limbs’ might be a bit too out-there for us mere mortals to comprehend; if that’s the case, send us more songs like ‘The Daily Mail’, and I’ll be very, very happy.


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