While its creator cites recent inspiration for its inception, "The Eraser," the new solo album by Thom Yorke of Radiohead, has been long in its genesis.
Yorke made it clear that the album was an individually conceived and entirely computerized venture. The piano, the guitar, even his own angelic vocals were all run through a computer before they reached wax. Statements like this tempted skepticism. As powerful a front man as Yorke is, he shares a creative burden with multi-instrumentalist and lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, a man whose credits include a composer's position for the BBC.
This skepticism diminishes significantly at the introduction of the title-track opener. An elegant and rhythmic piano drone ushers in the metronomic bliss of Yorke's vocals, as he hits highs and lows with a casual brilliance that rivals Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin's work.
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