At the time of The Eraser’s release I was in the middle of two months of travel, and could not be bothered, so i just ignored it. And truthfully, based on the description and the handful of reviews I glanced at, it just did not seem all that interesting.
Cut to last month: a friend, while visiting, left a copy with me urging I check it out. I did, and while it’s definitely better than I expected, it—for the most part—just made me want to reach for my old Radiohead records. And that’s never a bad thing.
It’s easy to wax forever on Radiohead, but the short version is I have been revisiting the Amnesiac and the live I Might Be Wrong recordings a bit lately (thanks Eraser), and am finding myself getting as swept up in them as I was five years ago. I Might Be Wrong, in particular, has a hold on my ears at the moment. Perhaps it’s a reminder of having not seen the band live in some time. Anyhow, I have always loved the treatment given to the albums first two tracks, “The National Anthem,” and “I Might Be Wrong.” The live energy only adds to the general paranoid, fucked, vibe.