The Smile: Wall Of Eyes [Album Review]

The SmileWall Of EyesXL Recordings [2024] Album Overview: While their first album, A Light For Attracting Attention, could have been a one-and-done, The Smile returns! Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, and Tom Skinner have assembled once more with the follow-up, Wall of Eyes. Wall of Eyes takes a different approach with longer, more dynamic song setups … Read more

The Smile – “Friend Of A Friend” [Video]

Here is a new video from The Smile. The Paul Thomas Anderson directed video for their current single “Friend Of A Friend” is taken from the band’s new, sophomore album Wall Of Eyes, which is out now. The video was premiered in 35mm alongside a surround sound album playback of Wall Of Eyes at a series of events before the … Read more

The Smile – “Wall Of Eyes” [Video]

The Smile’s new album Wall Of Eyes, will be released on January 26th on XL Recordings. The new album, was recorded between Oxford and Abbey Road Studios, and is produced and mixed by Sam Petts-Davies. It features string arrangements by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Wall Of Eyes is the follow up their 2022 debut LP … Read more

Philip Selway: Strange Dance [Album Review]

Philip SelwayStrange DanceBella Union [2023] Philip Selway, best known as the drummer in Radiohead, has released his third solo album revealing an affinity for the elegant and artful, technologically enhanced, somewhat experimental, larger than life arrangements that has long been part of his main band’s largest works. Surprisingly, Selway and producer Marta Salogni brought in … Read more

The Smile: A Light For Attracting Attention [Album Review]

The SmileA Light For Attracting AttentionXL Recordings [2022] Thom Yorke will never tire of writing music. He might get “bored” of focusing on a single project for a while but, he just finds somewhere else to focus his creative output. Cue Glastonbury 2021 and the debut of Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, and Tom Skinner (Sons … Read more

Fire Track: The Smile – “You Will Never Work In Television Again”

The Smile, the new group comprising Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood and Sons Of Kemet’s Tom Skinner, have revealed their debut single “You Will Never Work In Television Again.” The track, is accompanied by a lyric video (dir. Duncan Loudon) and was first heard in the band’s secret show as part of last year’s … Read more

Radiohead: Kid A Mnesia [Album Review]

RadioheadKid A MnesiaXL Recordings [2021] Radiohead has never been a band to rest on their laurels-or really even care. Yes, they defined what a guitar could do in the early 90’s with their albums Pablo Honey and The Bends. They then redefined what a band could do in 97 with their masterpiece OK Computer. But, … Read more

Radiohead – “If You Say The Word” [Video]

Radiohead have revealed the brand-new video for their recently released single “If You Say The Word.” The video is directed by Norwegian director Kasper Häggström (Kelly Lee Owens). “If You Say The Word” is taken from Radiohead’s upcoming KID A MNESIA reissue package, set for release on November 5th via XL Recordings. KID A MNESIA … Read more

EOB: Earth [Album Review]

EOB EarthCapitol Records [2020] EOB is the moniker used by Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien for this debut solo venture, Earth, the music of which he has said was inspired by a year of living in Brazil with his family and, oddly enough, the 1991 album from the band Primal Scream, Screamidelica. While we’ve heard several … Read more

Thom Yorke: Anima [Album Review]

Thom Yorke Anima XL Recordings [2019] Who: The irreplaceable frontman of Radiohead. Thom Yorke had been one of the most important figures in music since the early 90’s. Sound: Thom has been fond of many types of music. His solo outings usually focus on beats, loops, and electronics. TFN Final Take: Thom Yorke has been … Read more

Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” Tour 2018 [Concert Review]

Radiohead w/ Special Guest Junun: “A Moon Shaped Pool” Tour 2018; US Bank Arena; Cincinnati, OH – Wednesday, July 27, 2018 British band Radiohead’s mercurial leader and frontman, Thom Yorke may have had a love/hate relationship with the mechanisms and expectations that come with an arena rock tour across America, but at Wednesday night’s concert … Read more

Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool [Album Review]

Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL Recordings [2016] Fire Note Says: A Moon Shaped Pool shows Yorke and Co. working from the inside out. Album Review: After 2011’s The King of Limbs, Radiohead have finally returned! With them, they have brought their 9th LP entitled A Moon Shape Pool. Now I could go into the … Read more

Radiohead: How One Song Captures A Band / “True Love Waits”

With the new Radiohead upon us and critical praise already piling on like an avalanche, I thought this clip for “True Love Waits” was a worthy mention. The 22 year-old track finally has finally made the cut and now closes down their just released new record, A Moon Shaped Pool. With such a long history, does this mean Radiohead somehow became a bit lazy in 2016 or does this track represent much more?

For me, this song captures the evolution of Radiohead from their early beginnings as alternative guitar rockers to the orchestrated, detailed and very composed artists we hear today. The video clip above showcases the song with an acoustic guitar, which is also the same style it was released on Radiohead’s 2001 live album I Might Be Wrong. Today, the track fits perfectly on A Moon Shaped Pool, as it is now more vulnerable and flows like a gentle clear stream. Always moving but structured – much like Radiohead today.

Not only has the band stood the test of time but how many other groups can shut down the Internet and take over Mother’s Day? Not many, and if we look at other 1995 artists and hits for a second (when this video was shot) you won’t find anyone else from the era that can compete:

GREEN DAY – “When I Come Around”
OASIS – “Wonderwall”
LIVE – “Lightning Crashes”
RADIOHEAD – “Fake Plastic Trees”
WHITE ZOMBIE – “More Human Than Human”
BUSH – “Everything Zen”
FILTER – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
FOO FIGHTERS – “I’ll Stick Around”

Sure, the Foo Fighters would be the only real contender in the above list but still, even Dave Grohl and his rock god might can’t elicit the craziness that comes with any Radiohead news much less a new record. It has been a fascinating ride so far and even though many fans (including me) would still like to see the band pick up the guitar again, A Moon Shaped Pool sounds right for today and seemingly will just continue to grow with us upon every listen. Maybe the record will even become one of Radiohead’s most honored releases to date. Time will tell for sure but like any great novel, “True Love Waits” is all in the details and the response it drives from its listeners. Clearly it goes well beyond the title!

Philip Selway: Weatherhouse [Album Review]

Philip Selway Weatherhouse Bella Union [2014] Fire Note Says: Radiohead’s drummer returns with a solo album that builds on the successes of his debut. Album Review: While Thom Yorke’s solo work is probably the most well-known to come out of the band’s frequent downtime, he isn’t the only member to release music outside of the … Read more

Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes [Album Review]

Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Self-Released [2014] Fire Note Says: Thom Yorke surprises all with his second, new solo outing. Album Review: The word ‘surprises’ is often a part of the phrase ‘surprises and delights’. Why not here, you may ask? Well, if you consider yourself a fan of Thom Yorke then Tomorrows Modern Boxes … Read more

Atoms For Peace: AMOK [Album Review]

Atoms For Peace AMOK XL Recordings [2013] Fire Note Says: Atoms for Peace’s AMOK takes us deeper down the electronica rabbit hole. Album Review: After fronting the musical monolith that is Radiohead, what do you do with yourself? Maybe you branch off a bit and indulge deeper into some of your favorite musical tastes that … Read more