It goes without saying that the exclusive release of their latest recording In Rainbows was groundbreaking, and may have, in turn, changed the way audio CDs are released and perceived in the future. Remarkably, the band arguably pocketed more money with an independent digital release than if they were to shop it through a major label. Regardless, the band will see the best of both worlds after signing a deal to release a tangible version of In Rainbows on January 1st.
Now on to the actual content of the album. In Rainbows, without a doubt, combats any of the previous Radiohead records. Yet again offering another incarnation of the group’s endlessly diverse style, the ten tracks are unique to one another, while offering all of the facets the group has covered throughout its lengthy existence.
A few of the standout tracks are “Bodysnatchers” and “Faust Arp.” Although the “hype” surrounding this album enveloped far more than the music, you cannot deny Radiohead’s incredible persistence to push all musical boundaries and their constant evolution as a band; a band that has come to offer something for every type of music fan.
Will In Rainbows sell copies in January? – probably. Will the record label be happy with sales of the record? – of course not; not in today’s digital music world.