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  • Summary: This is the surprise release of the ninth full-length studio album from the British rock band. A physical release is scheduled for 17 Jun 2016.
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The sweet-faced ones with nothing left inside That we all can love That we all can love That we all The sweet-faced ones with nothing left... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Jun 1, 2016
    100
    This may not be Radiohead’s most experimental album, but it is without a doubt their most sonically pleasing, elegant, and acoustically immaculate offering to date--and it just might be their best, too.
  2. 100
    Radiohead's most melodically accessible collection, almost meditative in its ethereal mid-tempo loveliness, yet shot through with the kind of edgy details that never quite let a listener relax. It is chill-out music to put your nerves on edge.
  3. Magnet
    Aug 9, 2016
    90
    This is Radiohead's deepest, darkest pool of devotion and doubt in a career marked by almost nothing but. [No. 133, p.51]
  4. 80
    An album that reaches for something far more organic and immediate [than 2011's The King Of Limbs].
  5. Jun 20, 2016
    80
    A Moon Shaped Pool represents a return to the ambition and perfectionism that has characterised their best work.
  6. May 11, 2016
    80
    It’s the soundtrack to our most outlandish dreams, perhaps the exit music to the unmade film of our most romantic lives. If you're still to discover Radiohead, listen to this, for it's the perfect way in.
  7. May 13, 2016
    40
    There’s simply so little spark here, barely glowing embers and blackened dust where once Radiohead blazed a fascinating, furious trail for others to attempt to follow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 230
  1. Sep 20, 2016
    10
    Top 3 AOTY in no order: 1.Radiohead: A moon shaped pool 2. Frank Ocean: Blonde 3. Nick Cave: Skeleton Tree. For me this three albums are masterpieces!
  2. May 8, 2016
    10
    Best album since OK Computer. (Review in portuguese)

    Radiohead se reinventa a cada álbum. Isso é fato. Desde Pablo Honey, seus álbuns
    Best album since OK Computer. (Review in portuguese)

    Radiohead se reinventa a cada álbum. Isso é fato. Desde Pablo Honey, seus álbuns posteriores costumam sempre ser uma espécie de borboleta libertada do casulo do álbum anterior. Se com "The Bends" tivemos a evolução da guitarra nervosa de Jonny Greenwood em relação ao seu álbum de estreia, em "OK Computer" tivemos a quintessência do grupo, um álbum tão impactante para os anos 90, como Dark Side of the Moon foi nos anos 70. Porém, ao término da "trinca" inicial de álbuns, em que o falsete de Thom Yorke se aventurava dentre as guitarras poderosas do grupo e por um belo casamento da "cozinha" da banda (baixo e bateria), temos a releitura mais radical do grupo com "Kid A", álbum que foi um divisor de águas no cenário musical, algo que se seguiu até "In Rainbows". Claro, tivemos flertes com o antigo e bom rock "sujo" presente no Radiohead dos anos 90. Porém, nunca tão efervescente como nesse registro aqui. Se em "The King of Limbs" tivemos uma predominância quase que total de elementos eletrônicos experimentais, (algo que enjoava em certas partes), aqui em "A Moon Shaped Pool" temos uma bela mescla de todos os gêneros que já se tiveram presentes ao longo da jornada da banda. É provavelmente o álbum mais eficiente em sua proposta, mais ainda que "Hail to the Thief". E o mais consistente desde OK Computer. Pra muitos vai ser o "bom e velho" Radiohead flertando com o "Radiohead do século 21", mas não existe "Radiohead daqui" ou "Radiohead dali", essa é a mesma banda que iniciou sua jornada em 1993, e que a cada novo registro se reinventa de forma satisfatória, e que hoje revela seu disco mais revolucionário desde OK Computer, e que provavelmente se tornará um marco para a música.
    Continue assim Radiohead, sendo um dos últimos fornecedores de frescor musical, em meio a esse circo de horrores que se tornou a indústria.
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  3. May 15, 2016
    10
    A Moon Shaped Pool is much better than the experimental and tragically short album King of Limbs (thankfully), as though Radiohead's 2011A Moon Shaped Pool is much better than the experimental and tragically short album King of Limbs (thankfully), as though Radiohead's 2011 'gamble' did ultimately work-- on their next album, 5 years later, mixing what they've learned over 30 years and triumphing finally yet again in the same vein as... well, most everything besides King of Limbs and some of their mainstream rock in the earlier era.

    I think where KoL went wrong is that it all sounded very much the same. Did I hate every track? Of course not. But I didn't love nearly all of them, either. This album is what we've been waiting for since In Rainbows, even if it is half previously-performed music. An ultimate fan-service album with hopefully more content to come in, you know, less than 10 years.
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  4. May 9, 2016
    10
    Not only is this the best Radiohead album, I can say without hyperbole that this may be the greatest album of all time. The boys have outdoneNot only is this the best Radiohead album, I can say without hyperbole that this may be the greatest album of all time. The boys have outdone themselves. Expand
  5. May 10, 2016
    10
    This album gives a Radiohead fan everything he needs from complex lyrics to catchy choruses. I feel that this album is better than their lastThis album gives a Radiohead fan everything he needs from complex lyrics to catchy choruses. I feel that this album is better than their last LP king of limbs by a long shot. Expand
  6. May 10, 2020
    9
    New classic of Radiohead. So sad, but extremely depth and beautiful.
    What a great album. This could be one of my favorites.
  7. May 19, 2016
    0
    Those waiting since In Rainbows for another good Radiohead/Thom Yorke record will have to keep waiting.

    Or if you want it bad enough you
    Those waiting since In Rainbows for another good Radiohead/Thom Yorke record will have to keep waiting.

    Or if you want it bad enough you can say this is as good as Kid A. Wait a year to see if you still think that or are brave enough to say so in public.

    When the first single dropped I thought ‘yes they’re back.’ I had that song on repeat for hours on end.

    Then when the ‘Daydreaming’ vid was released I was worried. Not only is the video some of PTA’s lamest work, it featured an especially greasy Yorke wandered though a multitude of doors without finding whatever it is that he has long lost.

    Do a search for A Moon Shaped Pool and the adjective ‘lush’ and your browser might crash. Apparently you must listen to this record with headphones to appreciate the ‘lush’ production.

    Ultimately the best production techniques cannot deliver the best tunes. And this record is a collection of formally rejected songs given the full film score treatment. A one-note, often out of tune Yorke doesn’t help. Nor do his nauseatingly bad 60’s protest song lyrics: We are of the Earth / To her we do return / The future is inside us.

    And what about the choirs on the record - was Guy Garvey credited for those?

    Then there’s the closer in ‘True Love Waits’. We are supposed to feel the poignancy of Yorke’s divorce. I think the greater tragedy is that the truer version of this track is found where it belongs, when Radiohead were at their peak, on 2001’s I Might Be Wrong.
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