I could easily put together the greatest Radiohead album ever by picking and choosing best songs from each album, because naming one my favourite is damn near impossible. It's a close race that includes OK Computer, Kid A, and The Bends, respectively - but for this post's sake I think In Rainbows is the one that I feel closest to. (Notice I didn't say favourite?)
In Rainbows is almost like a friend that knows a lot about my life. Like it was there... and in fact, it was. I can throw on any random song from this album and tell you exactly who it reminds me of, what memory it takes me back to, and why it kinda plunges itself into my chest. I can't listen to the album without feeling a crazy array of emotions that would never make sense to anyone but me. And when a record can do that over and over, year after year, you've found something truly special. It holds meaning.
"Nude" was the first song from this album that I was hooked on. I listened to it constantly while driving around in my Protege when I still lived in St. Catharines (not unlike A Perfect Circle's Thirteenth Step, which I mentioned before). Then "All I Need", "House of Cards", "Videotape" and "Reckoner" made their way onto my obsession list. It's an album I can listen to endlessly, and still feel all the crazy feelings it brings. I don't seem to get sick of it; instead it becomes more important, more familiar. (The only thing that would make it at all improved for me would be if they added "Talk Show Host" to the song list. But that's reaching. I know this.)
So this is another album to add to the list of my favourites: Radiohead's In Rainbows.
And maybe it's just me, and maybe it's personal, but I can't watch this and not feel something.