"Despite a breezy tune here and there, Radiohead would never lunge for another moment of pop ubiquity quite like 'Creep.' Instead they retreated into their craft, carefully guarding their brand and swabbing everything they released in baffling layers of abstract electronic textures. Radiohead's profile only grew, as fans committed themselves to tracing some ideational thread through the band's ever-changing moods...."
Perhaps Thom Yorke should replace the old concert standby "Are you ready to rock and roll?!" with "Are you ready to trace some ideational thread through our ever-changing moods?!" To which the audience can respond, "Yes, carefully guard your brand and swab everything you play in baffling layers of abstract electronic textures!"
Harvard rock critics (sigh).