Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
After 2011’s The King Of Limbs, which I found admirable but difficult to love, Radiohead’s return this year was another stylistic change in direction, and probably closest to Amnesiac (2001) in feel. There is much to enjoy here, in a rich and varied collection of songs, some of which I understand have been live staples, in some form, for years. I would pick this purely on the strength of the first five songs: propulsive opener Burn The Witch, gentle piano-led Daydreaming, Decks Dark‘s gorgeous and haunting harmonies, pastoral and folky Desert Island Disk, and the fantastically ominous, insistent Ful Stop. Such variety of mood and instrumentation, but always compelling. The second half fades a little in comparison but ends on a strong note with the gentle, but haunting True Love Waits.