The Eraser

The Eraser is the first and only solo album by Thom Yorke, who is best known as the frontman of the band Radiohead. It was released in July 2006 and finished third in the UK album charts in its first week and the second place in the U.S. and Canada. Musically, the album electronic approaches, as can be found already among Radiohead's Kid A, losing away in the direction of ( favored by Yorke ) bands like Autechre or Squarepusher, but without his singing verdankend, especially artificially or to act on melodiousness.

Black Swan, Harrowdown Hill and analysis have been released as a single, also appeared with Spitting Feathers a B-side EP for the Japanese market.

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The album of politically engaged artist is crossed by numerous allusions, as was the Atoms for Peace speech title, the 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower held for the peaceful use of nuclear energy and is also the motto of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Also, the title Harrowdown Hill refers to the place where in 2003 the body of David Kelly, the BBC alleged informant a report critical of the government for the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction was found. Officially committed suicide Kelly, but what Yorke casts doubt on which, for example, the line " Did I fall or was I pushed? " (Eng. "Am I like, or you have encountered me ?") Suggesting.


The black and white cover shows a man in trench coat and hat, trying to command the waves back as Knut the Great, a medieval Danish king of England. According to legend, he fell through this and he saw it as proof that there was no true king but Jesus, so he took off his crown forever. Swim in the waves indicated London buildings such as the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and the Thames Barrier. It was created by Stanley Donwood, who had already been responsible for the artwork of most Radiohead albums and the band's website, along with Yorke.


The majority of the critics took the album to positive. The British music magazine New Musical Express said that The Eraser as already Kid A will split some fans. " 'Kid B'? Yes, OK - but Radiohead will never again such an album, and as a twin, it is equal in any case, " The Rolling Stone described the album as " excellent " and gave four out of five stars. . The Eraser is full of moments where one waits for the rest of the band [Note: Radiohead ] sets in, but that did not happen. Andreas Bättig gave the album on the highest rating, and wrote: " It lets us Thom Yorke look into his most intimate thoughts world. What entgegendrischt us as sensitive, is as enchanting as bleak as incomprehensible as clear. "

From textual content, Barry Walters showed 7 July 2006 less enthusiastic in the Village Voice: " Yorke's voice has rarely sounded better, but the context disappointed. "