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Posted Dec 31st, 2014 (12:00 pm) by Liam Hart
Thom Yorke - Guess Again!

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7/10
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"Guess Again!" is one of the standout tracks off of Thom Yorke's newly released solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.

Nothing about "Guess Again!" is particularly surprising. It feels familiar almost immediately. Even for people who may be unfamiliar with Yorke's past solo work and who only know him as Radiohead's frontman, there will be a comfort level. The mellow electronic pulsing on this track evokes a lot of what Radiohead has done since the days of Kid A and Hail To The Thief.

The gentle electronic keys are particularly reminiscent of the Kid A sound, but Yorke strips down the melodic elements so that there aren't as many lines to follow, letting the listener focus on the few chords that are struck. The end result manages to feel both simple and busy. While Yorke keeps the structure and melody simple, he is never shy about the sheer amount of sounds he throws in the mix.

Given the hushed nature of the song, it all works. There are plenty of textures to latch onto, and the random electronic string hits thrown in here and there aren't as distracting as they are interesting. Thom Yorke may not be straying from his comfort zone here, but it's hard to blame him for that when he can pull this off so effortlessly.

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