Earth

EOB - Earth
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2020 Ratings: #586 / 710
User Score
Based on 257 ratings
2020 Ratings: #881
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April 17, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME

O’Brien’s personality shines through, and it’s a pleasure to get to know him. It’s tempting to conclude he’s Radiohead’s secret weapon.

80
musicOMH

Earth took a while to come together ... but it’s been well worth the wait.

80
Clash

The on-edge instrumentation has distinct echoes of his Radiohead days, proving that unlike many bandmates that split from their main gig, O’Brien is in no rush to shake off their signature, and instead brings it forward into his own work: always evolving, always maturing.

80
The Line of Best Fit
Ed O’Brien goes on a fantastic voyage for his solo debut.
80
Exclaim!

Moving, emotional and richly textured, Earth is an impressive solo debut from O'Brien, and delivers one of this year's more fully-formed albums.

75
GIGsoup

Radiohead guitarist's debut solo album is what you'd expect from a Radiohead guitarist. Which is nothing like you'd expect, of course.

75
The Young Folks

Earth is comparable to a polished gallery filled with three-dimensional shapes and colors; an ever-changing museum of expanded euphuisms transported from neuron to neuron-from pen to paper; from Brazil to the whole world.

72
Northern Transmissions

A crack team of musicians are orbiting O’Brien’s Earth, but the nine- song set is his proper attempt to “steer the collective…as a leader”. All told, he does a damn fine job.

70
Rolling Stone
On his solo debut, the guitarist gracefully comes to the front of the stage — and delivers.
70
Loud and Quiet

Earth is mild, fond of itself and of its listener, and amiably unassuming; anything more, one suspects, is beyond its scope.

70
Spectrum Culture
O’Brien puts his decades of experience in Radiohead to use in creating a diverse but not disconnected album.
70
Uncut

Maybe Earth isn’t packed with abstract intricacies to pore over like most of the other records he’s been involved with, but it is fundamentally honest to its creator: a proud family man, a humanitarian and – finally – a solo songwriter.

60
AllMusic

At times it almost feels like an alternate-history tendril of pre-Kid A Radiohead that kept its groove going into the coming decades. While those layered textures, pulsing beats, and unfolding guitar loops are fine, it's EOB as a reflective acoustic singer/songwriter that provides Earth's most authentic moments.

57
Pitchfork
Unlike his bandmates’ forays in electronica or contemporary classical, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien’s solo debut looks fondly back at the kind of British rock his own group abandoned.
50
DIY

‘Earth’, the debut LP from Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien might provide moments of hope and compassion across its runtime, but for the majority it feels too indirect and underplayed.

50
No Ripcord
No amount of technical prowess can disguise O'Brien himself as a frontman, whose voice and personality is agreeable but never compelling. Because even if he feels it, it doesn't necessarily mean it's there.
40
The Observer

Ultimately, Earth, for all its ambition, will mainly be of interest to Radiohead completists.

MickyT
75
So big man Ed O' Brien decided to take on the world with a brand new solo project. I was very excited for this album considering that I'm a pretty big Radiohead fan and for a while I've been meaning to delve into the groups work outside of the main bands discography. Now with this new album I can say that I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The atmosphere of this album attempts to go for a more psychedelic approach and for the most part it works very well. The instrumentals are ... read more
Plats
67
EEEEED O'Brien, one of the biggest musicians out there (and by big I mean he's literally 6'5), finally releases his own solo record. Now, I've pretty much enjoyed a lot of Radiohead side projects in the past. Thom Yorke's work is great, Johnny Greenwood's film compositions are superb and Phil Selway... I heard he has songs. Now that the third guitarist in the lineup has released his own set of rock tracks under the very creatively-named EOB, how does it stack up?

Well, the production from ... read more
Doofy
42
EOB - Ed's 'Other' Business

He has an excellent voice for backing vocals, we leave it there.
pkrangermon
70
(score 4/17: 75 “EOB is the shittiest possible artist name“)
RickSalix
69
Ed O'Brien's first solo effort was in my radar, but wasn't one of the most anticipated albums for me, even though Radiohead is one of my favourite bands.

From the point I start the record, the elements that strike me the most (when comparing Ed's sound with the Radiohead sound I'm used to) is the more acoustic aproach of the majority of the 9 tracks of this album, and the overall lighter atmosphere that's carried on through it.
"Brasil", "Long Time Coming" and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Shangri-La
  2. Brasil
  3. Deep Days
  4. Long Time Coming
  5. Mass
  6. Banksters
  7. Sail On
  8. Olympik
  9. Cloak of the Night
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