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The New Yorker: The Eraser Review

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11-30-06 Writing 2 TNY Music Review Going Solo Thom Yorke’s new album, “The Eraser” Thom Yorke, the thirty-eight year old lead singer of the British alternative rock band Radiohead, decided to try something new, which meant leaving the rest of the band behind. For all the Radiohead fans out there, do not fear; Yorke’s 2006 solo album “The Eraser” has been made with his fellow band member’s blessings, and it in no way signifies the end of Radiohead, especially since the band’s new album is rumored to be out next year (not to mention guitarist Jonny Greenwood has done solo work in the past as well). “The Eraser,” like Radiohead albums, is on the short side. Nine songs; a total forty-one minutes and a second long. Yorke’s creativity in his album is indeed remarkable, but the level of ingenuity seen with the whole band is clearly not there. Electronic beats take over for all but Yorke, leaving guitar solos, bass, and drumming completely out of the picture. Although Yorke’s “The Eraser” seems lacking when compared to Radiohead albums such as the critically acclaimed “OK Computer,” it is still a great compilation showing off his beautiful tenor voice, his ability to create allusive lyrics, and his desire to create something original. Yorke is also able to make bold political statements through his music, attempting to reveal government corruption in the song “Harrowdown Hill.” Thom Yorke’s “The Eraser” starts out with a song which happens to be a title track. The song introduces the main underlying theme that is touched upon throughout 1
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the album: global warming. This isn’t surprising, as Yorke is a proponent for “Friends of the Earth,” a group that confronts the issue of dangerous climate change and how to stop it through “The Big Ask Campaign.” In fact, songs about global warming aren’t anything new for Yorke at all. Radiohead’s album “Kid A,” in the hit song “Idioteque , addresses
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