The Eraser

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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.

Top Track

Black Swan
What will grow crooked, you can't make straight It's the price that you gotta pay Do yourself a favor and pack you bags Buy a ticket and get on the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. Urb
    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. Positive: 99 out of 123
  2. Negative: 6 out of 123
  1. KG
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    This is a masterful album filled with uniqueness and creativity beyond almost anything else I've heard before. Beautifully constructed This is a masterful album filled with uniqueness and creativity beyond almost anything else I've heard before. Beautifully constructed music with many layers that blend well together. But as with Radiohead's music, Thom's voice is that final bit of glue that pulls it all together. Definitely best heard with good headphones (not iPod ear buds!) Expand
  2. DavidG
    Jul 31, 2006
    10
    Such a refreshing album to listen to, its not trying to prove anything to anybody, if you like this album it really does send you to a nice place...
  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. RobC
    Jul 24, 2006
    8
    Easy to listen to, beautiful melodies. Haunting rather than depressing. Loved it.
  6. MikeM
    Jul 21, 2006
    7
    Thom Yorke's voice has never sounded so beautiful, his sense of melody has peaked, and the music is colder than anything Radiohead put Thom Yorke's voice has never sounded so beautiful, his sense of melody has peaked, and the music is colder than anything Radiohead put out. I miss the band on this CD--they would make a good album amazing--but what Thom does here with his voice alone has me already anticipating the next Radiohead release. Expand
  7. bimb
    Sep 10, 2006
    0
    worst album ever...

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