By now Thom Yorke has something of his own musical lexicon to draw on; calling them tropes would unfairly imply calculation on his part, but the sound of persistent anxiety, dreams that haunt, and the permeability of one’s inner world in the face of a threatening environment continue to feature heavily on excellent new record, ‘Anima’. Yorke and longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich have made arguably their most successful ever translation of mental and emotional themes into beats and layered melodies, combining live performance with studio work to create a record that seems to by turns close in on and open out for the listener.

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