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Airbag/How Am I Driving? [EP] [Limited Edition]
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Back in stock! Limited edition EP from one of the most popular British bands of the decade. Features 'Airbag' pulled from the OK Computer album plus six non-album tracks: 'Pearly', 'Meeting In The Aisle', 'A Reminder', 'P... more »
Back in stock! Limited edition EP from one of the most popular British bands of the decade. Features 'Airbag' pulled from the OK Computer album plus six non-album tracks: 'Pearly', 'Meeting In The Aisle', 'A Reminder', 'Polythelyne (Parts 1 & 2)', 'Melatorin' and 'Palo Alto'. Parlophone.
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Satisfying - a worthy add-on
michael | San Diego, CA United States | 12/12/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'How Am I Driving' never pretends to be more than an EP, which is a good thing. In fact, it's pretty darn quirky, right down to the stark white packaging from the band's long-time house artist Stan Donwood. Treat it as a companion piece to 1997s 'Ok Computer' and you'll be in fine shape.Like a companion piece should, 'How Am I Driving' adds a little more color to the already wonderful pallette drawn out by 'Ok Computer.' Though the general motifs remain, including the band's unique spin on clausterphobic modernity, the atmosphere here is lighter and more raw - even a bit gritty. 'Polythelene Parts 1 & 2,' for instance, begins with a quiet acoustic passage from frontman Thom Yorke, followed by a gruff count-off ("one, two, three four!") before erupting into a brash, guitar-driven anthem. This sort of deliberate unrefinement simply wouldn't have flown too well on the smooth, polished 'Ok Computer' - but here, slightly taken out of its forebearer's ambitious context, it's just great. Also noteworthy is 'Melatonin' - an off-beat lullaby performed over a synthesizer. "Death to all who stand in your way" Thom warbles in a hushed, sleepy-time voice. 'Pearly' also deserves mention for its unusual, grating sound and rough-hewn lyricism.It's a nice hold-over until the next full-length album arrives."
A nice companion to "OK Computer."
Zen Station | The Graceful Swans of Never | 04/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've always heard from many Radiohead fans about the quality of the B-sides being pretty good, and while I wanted to get a hold of the stuff, most of it was imports so I thought it was a sky high investment, if I were to do it. And I didn't get into Radiohead until a few years after even this compilation. And it's a great compilation, even if a little bit incomplete for some.
I really love OK Computer and was looking forward to the B-side. People who own that album already know the first track, "Airbag," which is Radiohead greatness, and with some excellent Thom Yorke lyrics, guitar effects and playing, and such. It's actually the song that inspired me to buy said album.
As for the B-sides, they aren't as good as that album, but I think it's far above average, even for B-sides. I really liked the instrumental "Meeting in the Aisle," as well as the others. The songs here are actually pretty catchy, particularly in "Palo Alto," the last track on the record. It's back in print after a long time. So no longer is it "limited edition" as Amazon.com lists. And at some places it is sold at a very good price; you can get it for roughly eight bucks at your nearest Best Buy.
Overall, a casual Radiohead fan may not want this, but if you're into the group already, I recommend it. And in comparison to the actual studio albums, I'd actually put it ahead of the last two LP's, as well as of course Pablo Honey (has moments but is scattershot).
Dear Amazon: "OK Computer" is the title of that album, and taking it out of my title makes no sense at all. Also, I apologize for price comparisons, although I'd either be a lot poorer or would own way less music if I never did such a thing."
Some tracks R even better than some OK COMPUTER cuts!
Rich Latta | Albuquerque, NM - Land of Entitlement | 04/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Radiohead have put out an astonishing number of grade-A non-album tracks. They could be pooled together to make one incredible (double) album. This mini album contains some of their best ever in my view. Features some anguished and soaring vocals by T. Yorke."Airbag" is a bizarre yet stunningly gorgeous song loaded with shimmering guitar, a quirky funk beat and who-knows-what-all kinds of electronics. It portrays the rush you would feel having survived a major collision thanks to an airbag. Ostensibly a single in this format, it is also the brilliantly uplifting opening track on OK COMPUTER (widely held to be their masterpiece). *****"Pearly" - Garage-y guitars plus some spacey ones define this sort of underground sounding tune drenched in anguish. ****1/2"Meeting In The Aisle" - like the swimming mirage you see while looking down the dark corridor of a building towards a sunlit doorway. Totally spaced-out. *****"A Reminder" - seems to disengage itself from the reality of a crowded room for some fleeting, deeply felt moment. One of their best. *****"Polythylene (parts 1 &2)" - Part 1 is a melancholy intro picked on acoustic guitar and sung beautifully by Yorke. Part 2 is intensely dramatic. Seems to portray the hopeless inevitability of modern life spinning out of control. Even Yorke's vocals seem to waver out of control yet they still maintain his characteristic artistic perfection. *****"Melatonin" - a sterile, almost sickly lullaby washed in synths as a rhythm section plugs along like a wind-up toy. ***"Palo Alto" - Wildly brilliant Faustian (as in the band) guitar delivery plus a few crunching power chords blast away the grind from "a city of the future." One of their greatest, most off the hook guitar songs. *****Radiohead-heads who collect their singles and EPs reap some of the greatest rewards!An aside: The packaging is notable for its rather mocking "questionaire" and 2 short-short stories which are like desperate little slices from an unsatisfied life. In addition, the quote from Noam Chomsky's THE CHOMSKY READER reveals a great deal about the perspective behind some of Radiohead's observations about modern life."