This one has a pretty cool drum intro to “Another You” but it might also be the same set of another recording I have but with worse sound and less songs. And I think the tape is slowed down. Gira’s voice sounds weird. I don’t need to listen to this one again. It’s a historical artifact for a band that I love, but would not have loved in 1985.
Doesn’t do much to knock down my theory that Radiohead’s big “innovation” was making music without catchy hooks. There are some truly boring pointless songs on here. Those that aren’t boring would kind of be the pop songs of Kid A if it were all one album. I liked this one more at first, but it hasn’t held up well.
This might still be my favorite album of theirs. The songs all feel more alive here. “Sour Times” is especially vicious. And album closer “Strangers” is almost a different song. “Cowboys” is awesome too. It’s almost like a best of album, but you can enjoy it in its own right since it’s a live album.
The first song, “Tender” is pretty great. It’s relaxed, catchy and enjoyable. And then it just gets weird. The songs are mostly kind of noisy, and none stick in my mind. I think this album was praised a lot when it came out, but I honestly can’t hold onto anything here. I couldn’t the first time around, and this is no different.
This one sort of feels like a step back from Hole for me. Sure, it has one of his greatest songs ever, but the sound isn’t as full, and this time there are only 6 real songs, and only 8 actual tracks. Two are just bursts of noise. It’s still a really good album though. And I guess “Anything (Viva!)” is kind of a big deal.
This album was a big deal when it came out late in 2000. It’s still a good album, but it was over-hyped at the time. It holds up fairly well. But I stand by my original opinion which was that other than some cool sonic gimmicks, the album was fundamentally weak in terms of actual songwriting. If they’d combined this with Amnesiac and released one long weird album, they might have had something truly great. But instead, this feels kind of forced and Amnesiac felt kind of un-finished. I feel like I can’t write about this album without saying too much or too little. The reality is that I’ve rarely felt a need to listen to it again. I like it okay, but it doesn’t move me.
It’s a good 2000 recording. Riptide is shorter than other shows, and the track listings are messed up. I’d still pick Royal Albert Hall over this one. Not bad though. Just overshadowed by some greats.