July 27, 2006

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Thom Yorke, The Eraser
XI Recordings, 2006

Well, it looks as if Thom Yorke has erased his wonky-eyed ass into a sea of medi­ocrity.

To the discontent of many U2 fans, Radiohead is arguably the best band of Generation Y… and well you know, they have more than one good record and weren’t the “voice” of a previous generation. The Eraser is an excellent example that, short of Stephen Malkmus and Eric Clapton, no front man can escape the call of a solo project and have it manifest something good.

The Eraser is a stripped down and mangled version of Amnesiac and what you’re left with are a few beeps, hums and shallow ambience. Kind of like some bastard child mix of Postal Service and Clinic records. At points (“Atoms For Peace” & “Skip Divided”) Yorke’s droning is almost unlistenable. But tracks like “And It Rained All Night” act as saving graces just as you’re about to throw your shoe at the eject button or your cool, hipster friends start giving odd glances.

It’s not all awful, but it is utterly and completely underwhelming. But it is somewhat comforting that the genius of Radiohead doesn’t completely rest on Yorke’s shoulders. C-
— Dan Brian


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