There’s a running counterpoint to Yorke’s increasingly experimental release methods. By intention or default, they distract from the record itself, the fact that in the past five years or so the Radiohead frontman’s stopped reinventing the wheel musically. BitTorrent chief Matt Mason’s come out and said that there wasn’t going to even be an album without this novel release idea, that ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ was constructed as a response to the objective. This admission, in itself, betrays the record. It makes Yorke’s second solo album less of an event than 2006 debut ‘The Eraser’.
But if this is indeed a mere experiment, it’s one which sparks beautiful results. Beyond the chat, hoo-hah, ifs and buts is a record that cements Yorke’s continued progression as a songwriter, even if he’s relying on familiarity this time round.