With the recent release of Radiohead's In Rainbows in physical CD format Thom Yorke likens it to The Beatles Revovler, Bowie's Hunky Dory and Lou Reed's, Transformer. He claims, in a recent edition of Der Spiegel, that In Rainbows is their definitive album and harks back to the classic days of 45 minute LP's.
"I believe in the rock album as an artistic form of expression. In Rainbows is a conscious return to this form of 45-minute statement. Of course it was possible to make it shorter, but our aim was to describe in 45 minutes, as coherently and conclusively as possible, what moves us." Radiohead recived alot of press in October for releasing the album for free on their internet site, or rather asking fans to pay what they would like.
In Rainbows is clearly a good album but can it be compared with these classic albums in the history of rock ?
Which other modern albums could be candidates ? Here are my top 5
Johnny Cash American Series
Rollins Band End of Silence
The Verve Urban Hymns
The Eels Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
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