Airbag/How Am I Driving?


This EP includes only one track from Radiohead's critically acclaimed OK Computer, Airbag, the opening track on both the album and this EP. The rest of this disc is a collection of the more substantive cuts that were produced during the OK Computer sessions that for one reason or another didn't merit inclusion on the final album.

That's not to say that they couldn't have; nearly all of these tracks can hold their own even against the near-masterpiece of OK Computer. "Pearly" has the same fatalistic gloom captured in "Lucky" and "Exit Music (for a Film)," while the dreamy, trancelike cuts "Meeting in the Aisle" and "A Reminder" recall "Subterranean Homesick Alien" and "No Surprises." Finally, there are the operatic rockers "Polyethylene [Parts 1 & 2]" and "Palo Alto," kissing cousins to the sprawling perfection of "Paranoid Android."

If you loved "OK Computer," there is no doubt that you will enjoy this EP. There's not a lot of new ground covered here, but that doesn't mean that it's not worth it to hike down this path a second time.

Chris Pace

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