Album Review EOB - Earth

EOB - Earth

Too indirect and underplayed.

Rating:

‘Earth’, the debut LP from Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien might provide moments of hope and compassion across its runtime, but for the majority it feels too indirect and underplayed. Ed relocated to rural Brazil in 2012, and any inspiration from the rhythms and joy of Rio’s carnival is most apparent on the latter half of the appropriately-named ‘Brasil’, with its resonant, grooving basslines and pushing drum beats layered with sequencers akin to those on Radiohead’s ‘The King Of Limbs’ and its remixes. Opener ‘Shangri-La’, meanwhile, energetically lifts and falls with tension, filled with spacey guitars and vibrant percussion. The clear highlight is ‘Olympik’, an upbeat and energetic jam that just keeps twisting and reinventing itself for a solid 8 minutes. But the slower, more spiritual and insightful tracks are where this album is at its weakest - ‘Deep Days’ slumbers, too texturally similar to David Gilmour’s ‘On An Island’, and ‘Sail On’ is characterless and unengaging. ‘Earth’ might be musically faultless, but it lacks the bite of his day job.

More like this

In The Studio with… Goat Girl

In The Studio with… Goat Girl

The South London quartet’s self-titled opener made for one of 2018’s most adventurous debuts. Heading into their imminent second, Goat Girl are older, wiser and sticking even further to their guns.

Naked Ambition: The Nude Party

Naked Ambition: The Nude Party

The Catskills sextet might deal in good, old-fashioned rock’n’roll, but amid the late nights and giddy highs we find a band prepared to knuckle down and put in the hours to keep the dream alive.

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Will Butler

Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Will Butler

Not content with being one sixth of one of this century’s most innovative bands, Will Butler can now add ‘Harvard graduate’ and a second solo album full of curious, questioning brilliance to his CV.