Every day I fall more and more in love with Ful Stop. Followed by Identikit, Cut a Hole, then a little further out, Skirting. Ful Stop just has so much damn energy, tension, and catharsis--all rolled up into one awesome song.
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They all have potential to be 9/10's.
Definitely agreed. I say this to myself before every album's release, but this time I mean it: LP9 has the potential to be my favorite Radiohead album. It reminds me so much of the energy, urgency, and darkness HTTT had, but with the experience and refinement of IR/TKOL.
Full disclosure: HTTT and IR are currently my favorite albums.
I just can't get behind Skirting, personally. Maybe it will all click for me with a studio recording. Cut a Hole, on the other hand, deserves much more respect.
What I like about the new songs (especially Cut a Hole and Ful Stop--not so much Skirting) is they have this very cathartic A/B song structure. Lots of tension builds up, then it's released with a very different type of melody/rhythm/etc. Like Bodysnatchers or some of the songs from HTTT.
Surprised a lot of people don't dig Skirting.,.that guitar melody along with Ed's backing vocals without are amazing...all that's probably missing is a big epic sounding finale.
Identikit is clearly the most incredible song thus far and I haven't heard the other two enough to make a decision either way yet.
'Cut a Hole' is promising. A really good synth ballad. I prefer 'Skirting' on the piano IMHO, like how Thom played it live in 2010. 'Ful Stop' is great too. It's a rock song. It's got so much to shout about, but somehow it's not 'spectacular' like the other rock ones they have like 'There, There' or '2 + 2 = 5'.
'Identikit' was a bit weird to me at first. I couldn't really get it when I first listened to it when it was first posted on Youtube. But then, I watched it being performed on Austin City Limits, it was a dancer. It was a real gem. It was like a great sing-a-long, a great tune to dance too. Maybe it's a little underdeveloped now, but it would be really awesome to have it on LP9.