There’s taut songs like "Bodysnatchers" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place,” mellifluously sliding in between gorgeous jazz-fusion genre-benders like "Weird Fishes," "15 Step", and the synthy "All I Need," all building to the slow crescendo of the ethereal closer, "Videotape." It doesn’t have the grandiose message and overarching themes of some other LPs. Nor did it revolutionize the band’s trajectory or the industry at large (though its pay-what-you-wish release kind of did). No, this is simply the recordings of a band at its creative apex. Each song, on its own, is a personal favorite. And together they fit into this mixtape, demoing what all music should aspire to be -- a self-contained, sustained moment of holy shit.
Yorke lazily croons “You reel me out and then cut the string” on the album’s opener, but he and his bandmates have never been more in control than on In Rainbows.