One look at Thom Yorke’s face tells you that you are not about to see a run-of-the-mill rock band in operation. Radiohead is not known for a style of music often featured on this blog, but this track is truly exceptional. Yorke’s distinctive vocals make their songs sound less complex than they are, and you might be forgiven for the initial impression that he is not a great singer. Listen to more, think carefully, and you start to realise that that he is a very talented front man indeed. Furthermore, the structured songs draw on many different styles of musical influence, from experimental Jazz, to electronic pop.
The guitar work is also exceptionally good; as evidenced on this track, where the guitars start with a simple acoustic rhythm, and build to an electric wall of sound that is quite overwhelming.
After the release of their first record in 1992, the band achieved tremendous acclaim from critics and record-buyers alike, with considerable success and sales numbered in the tens of millions. This song is a track from the 1995 album ‘The Bends’, and they went on to release a total of eight albums up to 2011. Following a break in touring and recording, Yorke released solo work, and some other band members explored personal projects too. They are due to come back together this year, with the promise of a new CD release, and possible tour.
The videos accompanying the single releases were often complex small films in themselves, and many were as well-received as the music they accompanied. This is the official video for ‘Just’.