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Radiohead — Decks Dark
Album: A Moon Shaped Pool
Avg rating:
7.2

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1757









Released: 2016
Length: 4:29
Plays (last 30 days): 4
And in your life, there comes a darkness
This spacecraft blocking out the sky
And there's nowhere to hide
You run to the back and you cover your ears
But it's the loudest sound you've ever heard
Now we're trapped, we're dark cloud people
We are helpless to resist
In your darkest hour

But it was just a lie, just a lie
Just a lie, just a lie
Even at this angle
And so we crumble
Still turning heads, you know where it's at
This dread still covers us
You gotta be kidding me
The grass grows over me
Your face in the glass, and it's dark now
It was just a laugh, it was just a laugh
It's whatever you say it is
Split infinite

And in your life, there comes a darkness
And a spacecraft blocking out the sky
And there's nowhere to hide
You run to the back and you cover your ears
It's the loudest sound you've ever heard
In your darkest hour

If you had another one
If you had another name
So dark
We will never, never know
We will never, never know
So dark
So dark
So dark
So dark
Comments (58)add comment
I think the fact that Radiohead always polarise opinion here is evidence that they are actually very good.  Case closed.
 jasko wrote:
This song gets better with every day . 
 
Yup, still true. All cats are gray next.
I'm pretty sure the last line of verse two is "split infinitive." Because Thom.
Put to excellent use in the closing scene of S1E1 of Ozark.
This song gets better with every day . 
 stalfnzo wrote:
everything by Radiohead is wonderful
 

MassivRuss wrote:
very very very very bad. Like all Radiohead. 
 

 

Both wrong. Not all X are Y, otherwise we would only need X.
Thom Yorke is a genius. The 'Burn the Witch' track from this album is worth a spin.
One of a couple of haunting tunes from "A Moon Shaped Pearl" , Yorke gets
it right on this one 
 fredriley wrote:
Whenever I hear Radiohead, I'm put in mind of the suicidal priest (Tommy Tiernan) from the Father Ted episode 'Going to America'. Father Ted, inadvertently and despite nagging him for the £20 he owes him (and for which he stopped him leaping from a window), turns him to optimism, and he's sitting in the bus leaving Craggy Island and the driver plays a local music station which plays a Radiohead dirge which launches him right down into depression again. 
 
I want to give your post a '10' rating, based solely on the Father Ted  reference.  
Great quartet of songs here beginning with X Ambassadors' "Renegade" through this one.
Could hear it many times a day. Thanks Bill
Whenever I hear Radiohead, I'm put in mind of the suicidal priest (Tommy Tiernan) from the Father Ted episode 'Going to America'. Father Ted, inadvertently and despite nagging him for the £20 he owes him (and for which he stopped him leaping from a window), turns him to optimism, and he's sitting in the bus leaving Craggy Island and the driver plays a local music station which plays a Radiohead dirge which launches him right down into depression again. I'm also put in mind of the late Lemmy from Motorhead, who said that Thom Yorke needed to 'cheer the feck up' (or  words to that effect). 

Radiohead's grown on me like fungus through exposure on RP and some numbers are halfway tolerable, and for sure the band itself is extremely good, but Yorke is one miserable metalfitter, right enough. I can't imagine listening to him for enjoyment. Maybe for catharsis.
 kepaq1 wrote:
The playlist over the the past 90 minutes or so is absolute gold! Never heard of Jose Gonzalez and now I'm a fan. Just bought tickets to his show next month here in Boston. And now Elliot Smith! Wow, great stuff. Thank you!
 
Cool.  I heard Jose Gonzalez on RP 10 years ago and also became an instant fan.  It's nice to hear a grateful remark.
Damn! I keep thinking I don't like these guys but I end up liking them. Damn!
struck me as being very reminiscent of Massive Attack's Teardrop. I googled it and it seems that many people also think so...Not drawing any conclusions, just an observation.
its called falsetto
 maboleth wrote:


No. The attitude and voice of Thom Yorke is despicable. Radiohead, musically, is interesting. But that guy just irritates every nerve of me. The only good thing he did was Creep - an autobiographical confession.
 
Outside of that, they are pretty darned good though!
The playlist over the the past 90 minutes or so is absolute gold! Never heard of Jose Gonzalez and now I'm a fan. Just bought tickets to his show next month here in Boston. And now Elliot Smith! Wow, great stuff. Thank you!
 stalfnzo wrote:
Which is exactly why everything by Radiohead is wonderful. It so incorporates that horrible, terrible, grating, dreadful angst that is "living as a human being on this planet." One can only love it.
 

MassivRuss wrote:
Horrible, terrible, grating, dreadful, very very very very bad. Like all Radiohead. 
 

 

No. The attitude and voice of Thom Yorke is despicable. Radiohead, musically, is interesting. But that guy just irritates every nerve of me. The only good thing he did was Creep - an autobiographical confession.
{#Yawn}
Which is exactly why everything by Radiohead is wonderful. It so incorporates that horrible, terrible, grating, dreadful angst that is "living as a human being on this planet." One can only love it.
 

MassivRuss wrote:
Horrible, terrible, grating, dreadful, very very very very bad. Like all Radiohead. 
 

Horrible, terrible, grating, dreadful, very very very very bad. Like all Radiohead. 
I’m late to the Radiohead phenomena, but this album is beyond stunning. Such a transportive production. I’ve cranked this over 20 times and still find sublime subtleties. 
Haven't heard this before. First few bars (before becoming very obviously Radiohead) this sounded sooo much like Elbow... Which is a very good thing.
 coloradojohn wrote:
I'm really slow to come around to this album of theirs compared to others; seems less brill, but I must say, I have an appreciation of it...
 
Stephen_Phillips wrote:
ColaradoJohn, the reason might be because there is not the same originality as they had before in other albums. If Radiohead were a star they would now be a Red Giant on the inevitable downward spiral to a spent force.  They can still make some good music but the spark has gone.
 
In my limited experience, that's life for most of us! (Replace "album" with your personal artifact of endeavor; makes me appreciate all the more the ones who create well into their "prime.")
 coloradojohn wrote:
I'm really slow to come around to this album of theirs compared to others; seems less brill, but I must say, I have an appreciation of it...

 
ColaradoJohn, the reason might be because there is not the same originality as they had before in other albums. If Radiohead were a star they would now be a Red Giant on the inevitable downward spiral to a spent force.  They can still make some good music but the spark has gone.
You used to be cool China.
a few days ago I played this album for the first time in a few months and I got a deeper appreciation of it
not that I didn't like it before, I did but now I really like it
 
I'm really slow to come around to this album of theirs compared to others; seems less brill, but I must say, I have an appreciation of it...
9>10
 MassivRuss wrote:
Hears Thom Yorke's "voice".
Hits PSD.

I'd rather listen to a dental drill in my head.
 
I'm sure that can be arranged.
great {#Cheesygrin}
 

LPCity wrote:

But what if you had to listen to this while getting your teeth drilled?  There's not a high enough setting on the nitrous oxide tank for that.

 


9 - Outstanding. Nuff said.
very good!
 MassivRuss wrote:
Hears Thom Yorke's "voice".
Hits PSD.

I'd rather listen to a dental drill in my head.

 
But what if you had to listen to this while getting your teeth drilled?  There's not a high enough setting on the nitrous oxide tank for that.
Bloody love it. What an album.
 Jakethemuss wrote:

This reads like it may have inadvertently fallen into the google translator - pure poetry.

 
Apparently English is not the first language of that RP member, so I believe he does use some sort of translation program on occasion.  His posts are kind of poetic sometimes.
this works, tripp hop extraordinaire
 SmackDaddy wrote:

This. There's less whining at a dog pound.

 
{#Roflol}

This is actually pretty good (7-8, maybe even 9 after a few listens) but in general RP plays way too much Radiohead. 
 MassivRuss wrote:
Hears Thom Yorke's "voice".
Hits PSD.

I'd rather listen to a dental drill in my head.

 
Haha! Well said. :))
 MassivRuss wrote:
Hears Thom Yorke's "voice".
Hits PSD.

I'd rather listen to a dental drill in my head.

 
This. There's less whining at a dog pound.
Hears Thom Yorke's "voice". Hits PSD. I'd rather listen to a dental drill in my head.
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Without doubt the most outstanding,
    Downright and upstanding,
 calypsus_1 wrote:


As already foresaw a long time ago, this disc is a sort of "musical reminiscences", of a group that in the past they knew lead to practice, and say with a lot of high-efficiency, a set of great songs format, but currently lost this ability, and for all we know "there do not go" anymore. So why the new disc of 2016?  Maybe just makes sense the intention to "billing target" to keep the band's name in current market context, and maybe pass when inserted in the context of continuous issue remains of radio stations, as happens about a lot of different music. Separately ear and so dedicated, I'm sure that this is no longer the case, "jamais".
Nevertheless, "Decks Dark" is as for me probably the best musical track of the whole album, where the group conveys the idea of wanting to retrieve some aesthetic model and sound of his period more glorious and inspired from the past.



 
This reads like it may have inadvertently fallen into the google translator - pure poetry.
{#Crashcomp}
....this whole string so far....{#Ask}{#Rolleyes}...{#Cheesygrin}
 pablo_valenta wrote:
it may not be rock and roll, but is that a bad thing per se?
 
No, it isn't. BTW, is "per se" Latin for "if you catch my drift"?
 calypsus_1 wrote:
What?
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As already foresaw a long time ago, this disc is a sort of "musical reminiscences", of a group that in the past they knew lead to practice, and say with a lot of high-efficiency, a set of great songs format, but currently lost this ability, and for all we know "there do not go" anymore. So why the new disc of 2016?  Maybe just makes sense the intention to "billing target" to keep the band's name in current market context, and maybe pass when inserted in the context of continuous issue remains of radio stations, as happens about a lot of different music. Separately ear and so dedicated, I'm sure that this is no longer the case, "jamais".
Nevertheless, "Decks Dark" is as for me probably the best musical track of the whole album, where the group conveys the idea of wanting to retrieve some aesthetic model and sound of his period more glorious and inspired from the past.



 




As already foresaw a long time ago, this disc is a sort of "musical reminiscences", of a group that in the past they knew lead to practice, and say with a lot of high-efficiency, a set of great songs format, but currently lost this ability, and for all we know "there do not go" anymore. So why the new disc of 2016?  Maybe just makes sense the intention to "billing target" to keep the band's name in current market context, and maybe pass when inserted in the context of continuous issue remains of radio stations, as happens about a lot of different music. Separately ear and so dedicated, I'm sure that this is no longer the case, "jamais".
Nevertheless, "Decks Dark" and "Present Tense" are as for me probably the best musical tracks of the whole album, where the group conveys the idea of wanting to retrieve some aesthetic model and sound of his period more glorious and inspired from the past.

"Present Tense" included in 2016 album "A Moon Shaped Pool" dates to 2008, and Tom Yorke first performed it in a solo set at the UK Latitude Festival in 2009.

This dance
This dance
Is like a weapon
Is like a weapon
Of self defense
Of self defense
Against the present
Against the present
Present tense

No I won't get heavy
No don't get heavy
Keep it light and
Keep it moving
I am doing
No harm
As my world
Comes crashing down
I'm dancing
Freaking out
Deaf, dumb, and blind

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost

I won't turn around
Or the penny drops
I won't stop now
I won't slack off
Or all this love
Will be in vain
To stop from falling
Down a mine
It's no one's business
But mine
Where all this love
Has been in vain

In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost
In you I'm lost

(edited: 19-09-2017)
 TianGongZhong wrote:
I don't give a damn about any Thom Yorke playing band.
It ain't what I call rock and roll.

 
Who said it was?

Keep playing Radiohead Bill. Lots of it! Surely this station is their spiritual home?
YES!
 TianGongZhong wrote:
I don't give a damn about any Thom Yorke playing band.
It ain't what I call rock and roll.

 
It's got a backbeat! {#Roflol}
 TianGongZhong wrote:
I don't give a damn about any Thom Yorke playing band.
It ain't what I call rock and roll.

 
it may not be rock and roll, but is that a bad thing per se?
Agree it is not rock 'n' roll

BUT

It is music, very very good music ... always a surprise, never dull, nerve aching, soothing & takes you to all emotions good music should take you!

Keep on playing it Bill
{#Bananapiano} 
 TianGongZhong wrote:
I don't give a damn about any Thom Yorke playing band.
It ain't what I call rock and roll.

 
Copy that.  {#Sleep}
I don't give a damn about any Thom Yorke playing band.
It ain't what I call rock and roll.
Radiohead?  Have this 10.
Second song from new album I'm guessing?  intriguing and always welcome to something new from the world's best active band.