Sound — 7
Radiohead manages to keep their distinctive sound while changing things up a bit. The new album is more keyboard oriented than anything. Few guitars are in here, which isn't a bad thing. Massive reverb and catchy drumbeats contribute to Thom's singing. The sound despite being Radiohead's seemed to surprise me. It seems to be like a mix of OK Computer (only to a slight extent) and In_Rainbows. It makes more sense to me that it would be released as a sequel to 'the eraser' a solo album by Thom Yorke. Nevertheless Radiohead has their distinct sound, while changing things up, I was impressed.
Lyrics — 9
Thom's voice remains the same. It fits the vibe very well. This album is more-so laid back and I think his vocals fit in well with the mix. The lyrics really do go with the vibe, I'll admit their not my favorite Radiohead lyrics. But they fit the song, and the whole Radiohead style. Nothing from this album really sticks out, but they aren't bad, just a bit repetitive.
Overall Impression — 8
Don't get me wrong this is a great album for a Radiohead fan. I must say since its been a while since their last album I expected more from an album. But due to the unexpected announcement and release I didn't know what to expect. Overall It's a good album but for a three to four year break for Radiohead I expected a bit more. It's worth the buy, and I highly recommend it.