Album: Easy Star: All-Stars
Radiodread, EASY STAR
Friday 18 August 2006
Having brought a breath of irie freshness to Pink Floyd's gnarled classic with their splendid Dub Side Of The Moon, the Easy Star All-Stars collective turn their attention towards another prog-rock milestone with this reggaefied version of Radiohead's OK Computer. While it's nowhere near as effective a makeover as the Floyd album, that's at least partly due to the relative paucity of easily adaptable tunes they have to deal with. Other than the sublime "No Surprises" - here given a suitably blissful harmony-trio treatment by The Meditations - overtly hummable melodies are fairly thin on the ground on Radiohead's most overrated album. Which is not to say the project is entirely bereft of pleasing moments. Horace Andy makes a more convincing show than Thom Yorke of being "back to save the universe" on "Airbag", Toots & The Maytals are as irrepressible as ever on "Let Down", and the All-Stars negotiate the various stages of "Paranoid Android" with surprising ease and comfort, bringing an entirely new slant to the song.
DOWNLOAD THIS: 'No Surprises', 'Airbag', 'Let Down'
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits record low as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West