Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool album review
The band’s latest stealth release is a frustratingly uneven piece of work.
Launched unannounced in digital download form on May 8, Radiohead’s ninth album landed softly on a giant mattress of rush-written critical raptures. With the opportunity for deeper reflection, A Moon Shaped Pool feels flimsy and unfocused, adding no strong new flavours or dazzling sonic shifts to the band’s 25-year track record of high-art experimentalism. Behind the vivid strings of the London Contemporary Orchestra, who guest on several tracks, these mood pieces are mostly pale copies of past triumphs, more avant-muzak sketches than bold progressive rock statements.