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January 9, 2023 94 min

The Big Mates discuss hot tubs, Isaac Newton, Strictly Come Dancing, and In Rainbows by Radiohead.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of Radiohead by tackling their highly praised seventh album In Rainbows. They talk about the writing and recording process, the context surrounding the songs, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in between.

They touch on the lengthy writing and recording process for the album, the novel release strategy, and how the band approached the record. They also discuss death, the passage of time, the finite nature of our existence, and the soundtrack for Kevin and Perry Go Large.

What was special about how the band released In Rainbows? Why did they start recording without Nigel Godrich? Is this their most sexual album? Find out on this episode of What Is Music?

Our next episode is out on Monday January 16th and will continue the deep-dive into In Rainbows.

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