Radiohead: In Rainbows Discbox/CD Seven Album Box/USB stick
Pete Paphides, Uncut, September 2008
The Parlophone years in a box, plus an In Rainbows you can hold.
Like the universe itself, it starts with an explosion and expands to barely comprehensible proportions. With Radiohead, though, you can actually still hear the eruption that started them in earnest. Scoot to Pablo Honey — the unexceptional debut CD from Parlophone's freshly minted box set (or, if you were quick, limited edition USB stick) — and press play on 'Creep'. One minute in, Jonny Greenwood's famous powerchord surges into an amp that can barely take it, and nothing can quite be the same again.
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