- In Rainbows

Radiohead - In Rainbows
CRITIC SCORE
88
Based on 21 reviews
2007 Rank: #3 / 594
USER SCORE
91
Based on
557 ratings

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100
The Skinny

With sumptuous, enveloping production, fluid guitars soaked in reverb, and Yorke's voice at its most soulful, In Rainbows is Radiohead's leanest, warmest and most accessible record in a decade. 

100
The Guardian

The most heartening thing about In Rainbows, besides the fact that it may represent the strongest collection of songs Radiohead have assembled for a decade, is that it ventures into new emotional territories.

100
Entertainment Weekly

Using the full musical and emotional spectra to conjure breathtaking beauty, the collection is well named. It may have arrived via computer, but the vision is timeless.

100
NOW Magazine

It's true that we've come to expect a certain level of genius from this band, but when they actually exceed expectations, as they do here, it's a clear sign that Radiohead will continue to reinvent themselves and drop more jaws along the way.

93
Pitchfork

Radiohead's sudden willingness to embrace their capacity for uncomplicated beauty might be In Rainbows' most distinguishing quality, and one of the primary reasons it's an improvement on Hail to the Thief.

91
A.V. Club

This is still the Radiohead that finds straight-ahead pop structures gauche or just plain tired ... That said, In Rainbows takes tenuous steps back toward more straightforward territory, though with nothing as obvious as a verse-chorus-verse to speak of.

90
musicOMH

Packed but sparse, thrilling, complex, innovative, simple. Without even a dud bar never mind a filler track, In Rainbows is more than any fan could hope for.

90
PopMatters

Once you get in, and Radiohead invites us in here more than any other time in its career, the album proves itself to be what we all thought Radiohead couldn’t make again: a masterpiece.

90
AllMusic

In Rainbows will hopefully be remembered as Radiohead's most stimulating synthesis of accessible songs and abstract sounds, rather than their first pick-your-price download.

90
No Ripcord

In Rainbows ... comes from a more composed place in their personal and musical pantheon, creating an unassuming but worthy addition to their revered discography.

90
DIY

To the casual listener ‘In Rainbows’ is exactly what you’d expect from Radiohead; intelligent, satisfyingly thought-provoking and sure to be lauded by all who appreciate the less conventional. For the fans it’s the latest evolution of something really rather special. 

90
Rolling Stone

No wasted moments, no weak tracks:just primo Radiohead.

85
Under The Radar

While it will undoubtedly disappoint fans still pining for OK Computer’s flashes of unhinged chaos, it is a mature statement that shows the band as capable of penning lush and affecting music as ever.

85
Coke Machine Glow

Refracted through the prism of pure pop songcraft, Radiohead sound as ephemeral and variegated as ever, flowering and streaming and as big as the light our eyes can catch.

84
Time Out London

As these ten songs stand, the ’Head remain doggedly experimental but they’ve added a mainline to the heart as well as the brain, chilling and warming in equal measure with orchestral magic, Aphex-y ambience and a futuro-rock masterpiece.

80
Spin

After a decade of taking apart rock songs to find out how they work, these technophobic gearheads are ready to start putting them back together again.

80
Sputnikmusic

Despite the amalgamation of styles, a technique employed on Hail to the Thief as well, In Rainbows sounds surprisingly focused, as the album possesses its own distinctive qualities.

80
American Songwriter

Thom Yorke and company have never stopped writing good songs-and this is even more apparent on In Rainbows, a seamless mash-up of the many Radioheads that have been unearthed over the years.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Its short, and sweeter than anything they’ve offered in the past. Yorke’s voice has never sounded better. Whilst not their best, it is a worthy addition to their catalogue.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Sure, Yorke's not directly singing about music as commodity or industry politics, but what In Rainbows will always signify is just that.

70
Slant Magazine

As with almost every Radiohead album, there are moments of brilliance, inventiveness, and surprise.

shanzdaman
93
I think Radiohead’s In Rainbows is a beautiful masterpiece filled with advanced lyricism, impressive guitar solos and instrumentals, and a wide range of hiphop influenced beats from the drums. All together it produced a rather colorful album filled with somber, love, depression, regret, and abandonment. Each track represents something meaningfully painful, something that most of us have to go through in our lives. The music only helps support these lyrical meanings into coming to life. I ... read more
Space Vacation
85
Definitely need to give this a more in depth listen.
Aoaystheory
100
Personally, my favorite Radiohead album.
EMR
95
This is one of the finest song-collections in the music history. Tom Yorke and co. have achieved in this album and many others a musical level of songwriting that few other artists have attained before. All of the 10 tracks here are just fantastic and detailed as they could be, and together with the disc 2, In Rainbows is just near perfection.
danpatt
94
This is my first Radiohead listen and I can honestly say...

WOW.

I love this album. This a band that understands the importance of variety and texture in music. Each song is gorgeous in its own way. The percussion on In Rainbows stood out a lot to me, and honestly I think that is what made me like it so much. It's very varied but always consistently enjoyable.

Great album, can't wait to listen to more of this band.
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DETAILS

October 10, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
Self-released / Label
Nigel Godrich / Producer
radiohead.com / Website
Tags
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 3 - A.V. Club
# 9 - Drowned in Sound
# 3 - NME
# 4 - Pitchfork
# 6 - Rolling Stone
# 6 - SPIN
Track List

  1. 15 Step 
  2. Bodysnatchers 
  3. Nude 
  4. Weird Fishes / Arpeggi 
  5. All I Need 
  6. Faust ARP 
  7. Reckoner
  8. House of Cards 
  9. Jigsaw Falling Into Place 
  10. Videotape