Kevin Korber: I can understand why Radiohead left this off of OK Computer when it came out; while it shares the album’s sense of techno-paranoia, it’s far closer to a straightforward rock song than Radiohead probably would’ve liked. The song also has a dramatic ebb and flow that fits right in with the “saviors of rock” tag slapped onto the band in 1997. Despite this, “Man of War” is still excellent; it’s the sort of straightforward rock song that only Radiohead could pull off convincingly. Moreover, it has a decidedly organic element to its arrangement and to Thom Yorke’s vocal performance, as if it were the hint of a beating heart inside the computer. [8/10]
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Paul Carr: Built on the repetitive chime of synth bell Kubikov creates a panoramic soundscape full of whispered, ambient murmurs and groans. The song has been perfectly constructed to echo the feeling of a chilly wind weaving amongst the snowy, tree-lined landscape. It flits and drifts before picking up momentum and gliding off completely. A beautiful track but one that will make you want to snuggle up by the fire with a warm, milky drink. [7/10]
West London’s the Wild Things are an exciting young band with an enormous anthemic sound that could fill every corner of Wembley. Hey, even Pete Townshend is a Wild Things fan, and that’s a man that knows a little something or two about what makes a great rock song. What makes the Wild Things really connect as a band is their heavy rock riffs combined with shimmering pop choruses all led by Sydney Rae White’s stunningly powerful vocals.
The cherished Australian indie-pop band the Lucksmiths dissolved in 2009, after 16 years of witty, melancholy, melodic songwriting and performing. A couple years after the band’s end, the announcement came that three-fourths of the final lineup had a new band, Last Leaves. Fans have been patiently waiting the past five or so years for music from Last Leaves beyond a couple demos lead singer/songwriter Marty Donald posted online years ago.
Chris Ingalls: From Colin Rich’s film Last Light, the combination of this M83 track with the time-lapse visuals works nicely and is almost reminiscent of the Philip Glass/Godfrey Reggio Koyaanisqatsi project (or perhaps Ron Fricke’s Samsara). The song is an instrumental ray of hope, heavily synthesized but still somehow human and sympathetic, and the shots of nature and cities in fast motion are breathtakingly sharp and lyrical. It’s nothing that hasn’t been done before, but it’s still a marvelous treat for the senses. [7/10]
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