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  • Summary: Nigel Godrich produced this 9-song solo debut for the Radiohead frontman, which mainly sounds like--shockingly--a Radiohead album, albeit with much less guitar.
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Difficult, certainly, but not without its charms.
  2. He's well able to marry insightful lyrics and memorable melody to a genre not always associated with such qualities.
  3. The results are competent, if unsurprising.
  4. 70
    Perhaps an EP would have better-suited Yorke's solo aspirations. [Jul/Aug 2006, p.115]
  5. Slight, but carrying a fair amount of weight, The Eraser isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s much more than solo-project divergence.
  6. If anything, The Eraser more than proves that Yorke, no matter how intriguing or forward-thinking his ideas, needs the democracy of Radiohead to ground his more angular artistic impulses.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 121
  1. MelissaW
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    Haunting.
  2. BernhardG
    Jul 28, 2006
    10
    I've never been a fan of Radiohead, so I wouldn't be able to compare them with Yorke's solo effort. But this album has been a I've never been a fan of Radiohead, so I wouldn't be able to compare them with Yorke's solo effort. But this album has been a revelation, the dark, dancy mood - as if Malcolm Middleton should combine efforts with Morrissey - makes this a personal favorite this summer. The slight Sigur Ros-like touch to several of the songs just makes the melancholy even more intimate and real. I usually agree a 100% with the Pitchfork reviewer, but this time they've either put the wrong guy on the case or given him a different album to review. This is a classic. Mark my words, people will still refer to this album a decade from now. Expand
  3. PH
    Nov 7, 2007
    10
    The album is amazing, the texture manages to be both lush and sparse at the same time, leading to a unique aural experience. A complete triumph.
  4. HiramWalker
    Jul 11, 2006
    9
    One thing...this is not a perfect record, nor a masterpiece. The critics have a point when they say "this record came too late to be trully One thing...this is not a perfect record, nor a masterpiece. The critics have a point when they say "this record came too late to be trully groundbreaking..." & "you miss the 'wow' moments Radiohead would've brought to the mix", BUT, all that aside, this record stands on it's own because of it's slightness...it sounds like two guys, who've worked together for years now, getting down to brass tacks and putting all the ideas they've had over coffee and pints the last few years onto tape. When those two guys are Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, ya'll better listen... Expand
  5. toddw
    Jul 20, 2006
    8
    Great album! Perfect for those observer moods. It's the type of music I could listen to while watching people shopping at Target, Great album! Perfect for those observer moods. It's the type of music I could listen to while watching people shopping at Target, selecting the perfect spatula, out of dozens of choices, to match their "kitchen colors". It's been on repeat for some time now. Lyrics are tasty little treats: "buy a ticket and get on the train" "no more talk about the old days, it's time for something great" "you will be disposed with, when you become inconvenient" "It's all boiling over" I often get the sense this is pre-World War 3 music at its best. My only problem with The Eraser is that I want it to go on and on. Just when Cymbal Rush gets going nicely, it ends. Oh well, it was sweet while it lasted. Expand
  6. TonyF
    Jul 13, 2006
    7
    Heard it at a buddies and was suprised. it's pretty good and enjoyable, and i'm not even a huge radiohead fan.
  7. bimb
    Sep 10, 2006
    0
    worst album ever...

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